No Witness But the Moon by Suzanne Chazin (2-½ Stars)

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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.

This book leaps very quickly into today’s headlines of police shootings and protests and seemed promising.  In the dark of night, Hispanic policeman Jimmy Vega shoots and kills an unarmed Hispanic man suspected to be a participant in a home invasion.  Jimmy’s professional life is instantly derailed and his personal life is instantly altered as his girlfriend is a lawyer working with a non-profit Hispanic aid group.

The story has potential, unfortunately it just didn’t hold my interest.  The character development is shallow and you never feel a connection to any of them, the dialog was stilted and either stereotypical tough-cop, the infinite similes the author used were annoying at best.  In addition, the storyline jumped all over.  In the midst of dealing with the happenings mentioned above, he searches for his mother’s murderer, his teen-aged daughter is in the midst of a crisis about her school and later career decisions, and he also has a mid-life crisis wondering what is his life’s purpose.  Throw in the political storyline of illegal immigration and it is too much, with none of it done in a satisfying manner.

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