Natural causes or foul play? That's the question deputy coroner Clay Edison must answer each time he examines a body. Figuring out motives and chasing down suspects aren't part of his beat - until a seemingly open-and-shut case proves to be more than meets his highly trained eye.
Eccentric, reclusive Walter Rennert lies cold at the bottom of his stairs. At first glance the scene looks straightforward: a once-respected psychology professor done in by booze and a bad heart. But his daughter Tatiana insists that he has been murdered, and she persuades Clay to take a closer look at the grim facts of Rennert's life.
When Clay learns that Rennert's colleague died in a nearly identical manner, he becomes even more determined to discover the truth behind the man's death. The twisting trail Clay follows will lead him into the darkest corners of the human soul.
It's his job to listen to the tales told by the dead. But this time, he's part of a story that makes his blood run cold.
I really liked the twist on the classic police procedural whereby the story was told through the deputy coroner. This made for a great plot and once I got about halfway into the book, I found that I was able to really get into the storyline and I became a lot more hooked. The characters were easier to connect with and I was more involved in the mystery.
Clay was an interesting and well-developed character and by the end, I was very invested in what his future would hold, both in his work life and in the romantic aspect of his life.
I think there were some references to previous books by the authors which I missed as I had never read any books by Jonathan or Jesse Kellerman before. While this wasn't necessarily a negative, I think I would've enjoyed the book a bit more if I'd been able to understand the references to the other work by the authors.
I felt that the ending left me with unanswered questions which I would've liked to have had wrapped up. Although it was to be expected due to it being part of a series, I do prefer things to be neatly tied up. I always get impatient waiting for the next book to come out!
Overall, I'd give Crime Scene 4 out of 5. It was a twisty and intriguing take on the classic police procedural and I'll certainly read the rest of the books in the Clay Edison series once they're published.
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About the Authors
Jonathan Kellerman is one of the world's most popular authors. He has brought his expertise as a clinical psychologist to three dozen bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series. With his wife, the novelist Faye Kellerman, he also co-authored the bestsellers DOUBLE HOMICIDE and CAPITAL CRIMES. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar and Anthony Awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award.
Jesse Kellerman is the author of five novels. He has won several awards for his writing, including the 2003 Princess Grace Award, given to America's most promising young playwright, and the 2010 Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle for THE GENIUS. POTBOILER was also nominated for a best novel Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. He lives with his wife and son in California.