On a clear, moonlit night in December, police detective Jimmy Vega races to the scene of a reported home invasion in an upscale New York community. As Vega arrives, he spots a Hispanic man who fits the description of the armed intruder, running from the victim’s estate. Vega chases him into the woods. When the suspect refuses to surrender—and reaches into his pocket—Vega has only seconds to make a life-or-death decision.
What begins as a tragic mistake takes an even darker turn when Vega uncovers disturbing links between the dead man and his own mother’s brutal, unsolved murder. Vega’s need for answers propels him back to his old Bronx neighborhood, where he is viewed as a disgraced cop, not a homegrown hero. It also puts him at odds with his girlfriend, Adele Figueroa, head of a local immigrant center, who must weigh her own doubts about his behavior.
When a shocking piece of evidence surfaces, it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want Vega to put all the pieces together—and is willing to do whatever it takes to bury the truth. Only by risking everything will Vega be able to find justice, redemption, and the most elusive goal of all: the ability to forgive himself.
ebook, 352 pages
Expected publication: October 25th 2016 by Kensington
Series: Jimmy Vega Mystery #3
** I received an advanced readers copy from Kensington via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**
No Witness But the Moon is the third book in the Jimmy Vega Mystery series but can be read as a stand alone. I did not have the opportunity to read the first two and it did not impact my enjoyment or understanding of this book.
This book was about Jimmy Vega and what happened when he responded to a home invasion and ended up shooting and killing an unarmed suspect who also turned out to be an illegal immigrant. It showcased the public and media out lash and the internal struggle Vega went through in coming to terms with how the events played out. Not only was his career immediately impacted but his relationship with his daughter and girlfriend. As he was trying to cope with what had happened, clues and questions began to rise that lead him towards a completely separate unsolved murder.
This is a hot topic in the media and public opinion right now so I wasn't sure how it would play out in this book. I think Chazin did a good job of showing the impact that the shooting had on all of the key players. I was most interested in how Vega dealt or didn't deal with his feelings and emotions after the event.
Over all it was an enjoyable story that kept me interested and curious throughout. Vega got on my nerves a lot with his stupid and somewhat thoughtless actions after the fact but I was able to overlook that in my interest in the bigger picture. Having said that, I didn't feel that it wrapped up as neatly as I would have liked and I was left with a few questions unanswered.
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