Saturday, October 13, 2018
Dig Your Grave by Steven Cooper
Detective Alex Mills of the Phoenix Police Department needs help on his latest case. His team is called to a cemetery where the body of a well-dressed man has been found in an open grave. Mills, following a hunch, calls his friend Gus Parker. Gus is a psychic and Mills wants him to take a look at the scene. Gus often has a vision that will point them in the right direction, even if it's unclear at first.
Then, a second body is found, and the man appears to have dug his own grave. Both dead men were prominent in their field, and in Phoenix. While Mills' team digs to find a connection between the two victims, Gus goes missing. Parker's girlfriend is a famous rock star, and she can't locate him. It isn't like Gus to miss work at his day-to-day job. It isn't like him to not answer his phone. Detective Mills has to juggle family issues and look for Gus while trying to catch the killer who forces the victims to leave notes and dig their own graves.
Readers will appreciate the strong sense of place. While I recognized Phoenix locations, the descriptions are vividly drawn even for those who never lived in the area. Both lead characters are intriguing men with personal issues.
Dig Your Grave is a compelling, intense mystery. The intricately plotted story will appeal to fans of P.J. Tracy's Monkeewrench novels. (I still think you should start with Desert Remains, though.)
Steven Cooper's website is https://stevencooperbooks.com
Dig Your Grave by Steven Cooper. Seventh Street Books, 2018. ISBN 9781633884809 (paperback), 368p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received the book to review for a journal.