A brutal attack that leaves a young woman paralyzed is horrifyingenough, but when it happens to one of Seattle police lieutenant Lou Boldt's ownofficers, and all the suspects wear the same uniform as the victim, it's muchworse. The SPD has been struck by a not-very-mysterious case of the qblue flu, qa labor dispute that's turned cop against cop. Frustrated by the work slowdownin the department, Boldt is working almost on his own, except for forensicpsychologist Daphne Matthews and detective John LaMoia, familiar characters inPearson's popular series (ThePied Piper, The FirstVictim). Despite not-so-veiled warnings from some of his colleagues, Louis determined to unmask Maria Sanchez's attacker, even if it turns out to be afellow cop. And if that's not enough, the piano-playing lieutenant with adevoted wife--and a lingering yen for his coworker Daphne--has to deal with acrime wave that's increasing every day as the blue flu fells more of theforce.Investigating a string of robberies, Lou and Daphne follow the evidence to atelemarketing operation in a Colorado prison and question an inmate who may haveused inside information to set up the robberies for his brother in Seattle tocarry out. When the inmate dies, his brother goes after Lou, who isn't sure whoto blame when violence hits too close to home--the brother or the strikingpolicemen. Middle of Nowhere isn't Pearson's best outing: the plot isthinner than usual and the pacing somewhat slower, although the detailedexplanation of how to catch a criminal using new telecommunications technologyis fascinating. Still, Lou Boldt is an always interesting character whose innerconflicts are well drawn and whose essential decency makes up for a lot. Hisunderstated romance with Daphne deepens in every new adventure; the real mysteryis what's going to happen to the two of them. --Jane AdamsLiza#39;s spanking-new Ford Expedition typically won the inside parking while the Cavalier was relegated to the elements, where it rightfully belonged. But with Liz and the kids at the Jamerson home, Boldt nosed the front bumper to within a foot ofanbsp;...
|Title||:||Middle of Nowhere|
|Publisher||:||Hyperion - 2005-04-20|