The Killing of Bobbi Lomax is one of those novels that starts with a bang, and it doesn’t take its foot off the pedal until the end. It is Halloween, 1983 in Canyon County, and the first bomb has gone off, killing former Prom Queen Bobbi Lomax on her own lawn, property developer Peter Gudsen is killed by a nail bomb, whilst a third victim Clark Houseman is seriously injured, but as he hangs in between life and death, he is the only remaining clue that could link all three of the murders.
The detectives Sinclair and Alverez are the detectives charged with solving the case, that will take them into all types of dangerous situation, in a bible belt country, where religion, and faith hold more sway, and federal enforcers are eyed with either caution or hatred.
Setting the novel in the past, before the internet, a lot of research has gone into the book, looking at how things were done in 1983, which although only thirty two years ago, seems a completely different time. Sinclair and Alverez are dealing with a difficult case, whilst their own lives are falling apart, and as the case becomes ever more complex and convoluted, there are secrets that the town is reluctant to give up, involving the church, local politicians, and any number of underhand dealings. The final twist, when it happens fits the whole book, but it is still a surprise.
The Killing of Bobbi Lomax is a very easy read, with a linear narrative, and enough characters, both sympathetic, and unpleasant to keep the reader guessing. The novel is Cal Moriarty’s first book, and if it is anything to go by, she has a good career ahead of her as a crime writer.
The Killing of Bobbi Lomax by Cal Moriarty
9780571305384|Faber and Faber
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