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Through the Cracks

by Barbara Fister

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  maribou | May 6, 2013 |
This ARC came to me courtesy of the author.

I like mysteries and I am especially partial to the cozier ones. This is about the farthest thing from cozy that I can imagine, with its cast of damaged, frightened people hunkered down against the seemigly endless emotional and legal storms that batter them.

And I loved it. It's very satisfying to read "outside the box" when there's a reward like this at the end. Anni Koskinen is about the last person on earth I'd expect to enjoy spending time with, and yet I do. She's a tough woman, but she's not tough in the faux-male swaggering way that's so irksome in PI fiction by other woman authors. She's tough in a genuine way, meaning her strength is what makes her tough, her decisions about her life as a result of the events in it make her tough, and her complete inability to imagine giving up before the Universe is compelled, by sheer force of her will, to deliver justice makes her tough.

In the course of solvng a decades-old rape, Anni fights through some of her personal demons and makes her peace with some terribly painful memories. She's involved up to the hilt in righting a series of very unpleasant wrongs. She's even, for the first time in a long time, daring to think about her own happiness. It's compelling reading.

Fister's Chicagoland is not a place I want to live, but I'll visit once in a way through Anni Koskinen's eyes. Recommended to those who enjoy fast-paced puzzlers, those who have a stronger-than-ordinary drive to see the evildoers in life punished appropriately, and the noir community at large. *NOT* for the tender of sensibility or those unable to endure violence. ( )
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When Chicago private investigator Anni Koskinen takes on a new client, she finds herself working on an impossible case. After spending twenty years in prison, a black man convicted in a notorious rape case has had his sentence overturned. The victim wants to know who was really responsible for the crime that scarred her life. But even if Anni can find out who committed the brutal crime decades ago, a conviction will be impossible – unless the rapist has struck again.

The resourceful victim has uncovered evidence that a serial rapist may still be at work, attacking women with ferocious anger. But as Anni digs deeper, the politically ambitious State’s Attorney who prosecuted the original rape case insists that the conviction was solid, He believes there was no miscarriage of justice—other than that a violent felon has been released on a technicality.

As Anni’s cold case heats up, her friend Dugan, a CPD detective, is involved in a heater case of his own. An undocumented Mexican gang member has been arrested for the murder of a missing woman whose uncertain fate has gripped the city and fueled anti-immigrant sentiment.

As both investigations unfold, the impact of racial prejudice radiates cracks through the criminal justice system. And it is through those cracks that Anni must try to glimpse the truth.
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When Chicago private investigator Anni Koskinen takes on a new client, she finds herself working on an impossible case. After spending twenty years in prison, a black man convicted in a notorious rape case has  had his sentence overturned. The victim wants to know who was really responsible for the crime that scarred her life.  But even if Anni can find out who committed the brutal crime decades ago, a conviction will be impossible---unless the rapist has struck again.

The resourceful victim has uncovered evidence indicating that a serial rapist may still be at work, attacking women with ferocious anger. But as Anni digs deeper, the politically ambitious state’s attorney who prosecuted the original rape case insists that the conviction was solid. He believes there was no miscarriage of justice---other than that a violent felon has been released on a technicality.

As Anni’s cold case heats up, her friend Dugan, a CPD detective, is involved in a heater case of his own. An undocumented Mexican gang member has been arrested for the murder of a missing woman, and his uncertain fate has gripped the city and fueled anti-immigrant sentiment.

As both investigations unfold, the impact of racial prejudice radiates cracks through the criminal justice system, and it is through those cracks that Anni must try to glimpse the truth. 

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A black man convicted in a notorious rape case has had his sentence overturned. The victim wants to know who was really responsible for the crime that scarred her life. Chicago PI Anni Koskinen takes on the cold case, leading to evidence indicating that a serial rapist may still be at work.… (more)

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