Elizabeth Gunn's Jake Hines books are atmospheric police procedurals set in fictional Rutherford, Minnesota. If you've missed this series, beginning with Triple Play, you've missed an intriguing police detective, intricate plots, and realistic, gritty stories.
In Triple Play, the first victim is found on home plate in a neighborhood park. The next victim wore an old softball uniform. It's up to Jake and the department to find the killer before he hits for a triple play.
These stories are more realistic than many series, as Jake and the department work on multiple cases, and deal with the city's problems, politics, and their own personal problems. Jake, himself, is a fascinating character who doesn't know his own origins. He was an orphan found in a dumpster, of mixed race. And, he stands out in whitebread Minnesota.
Gunn has written seven books in this fascinating series, and the stories and the characters grow more interesting in each book. Elizabeth Gunn's Jake Hines series is not as well known as they should be. I hope they're not forgotten.
Elizabeth Gunn has also written the first book in a new series, featuring Sarah Burke, a police detective in Arizona. It's Cool in Tucson. She'll be at the Velma Teague Library in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. with three other Tucson mystery authors. Don't miss her, and don't forget Triple Play, the first Jake Hines mystery.
Triple Play by Elizabeth Gunn. Dell, published 1998. ISBN 9780440226352 (paperback), 218p.
And, for other Friday "Forgotten" Books, check out Patti Abbott's website at www.pattinase.blogspot.com, where she summarizes all the suggestions for Friday's "Forgotten" Books.