"NYPD Red--the task force attacking the most extreme crimes in America's most extreme city--hunts a killer who is on an impossible mission. A vigilante serial killer is on the loose in New York City, tracking down and murdering people whose crimes have not been punished. The number of victims grows, and many New Yorkers secretly applaud the idea of justice won at any price. NYPD Red Detective Zach Jordan and his partner Kylie MacDonald are put on the case when a woman of vast wealth and even greater connections disappears. Zach and Kylie have to find what's really behind this murderer's rampage while political and personal secrets of the highest order hang in the balance. But Kylie has been acting strange recently--and Zach knows whatever she's hiding could threaten the biggest case of their careers. --
TITLE: NYPD RED 2
DATE READ: 05/24/14
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Crime Fiction/2014/Little Brown & Co./392 pgs
SERIES/STAND-ALONE: #2 in NYPD Red series
CHARACTERS: Zach Jordan & Kylie MacDonald -- partners on the elite task force focusing on high-profile crimes in NYC
FIRST LINES: " Were you really serious about the Hitler thing?" Dave said, dousing Meredith's jeans & sweater w/ lighter fluid.
COMMENTS: I like this series and this was a good entry combining a past crime from about 12 yrs ago w/ a slew of current day slayings. The slayings are the vigilante type where a person is tortured & forced on video to admit to a prior crime and then murdered. There have been several but when a wealthy woman w/ political ties is killed NYPD RED 2 is called in. Fast paced.
In the midst of the investigation Kylie faces the challenge of her husband Spence’s relapse into drug addiction while Zach’s romance with recently divorced police psychologist Cheryl Robinson escalates, and Mayor Spellman makes a frantic attempt to be re-elected.
The Hazmat Killer chooses his victims from among the unpunished but obviously guilty who roam NYC streets. One by one the guilty are caught, held and tortured, and then their confession is videotaped before they are killed and left to be discovered in Hazmat suits. The latest victim is the not only a wealthy New York socialite she is also the campaign manager of mayoral challenger Muriel Sykes. This increases the pressure to solve the crimes before Election Day.
As Jordan and MacDonald attempt to figure out the connection between the victims other than their criminal histories, they skirt the edges of police procedure. As the investigation escalate the murder of a teenaged Mafia son from the distant past plays into the story. The only downside of the book is the somewhat corny and saccharin romance between Zach and Cheryl as well as Zach’s ongoing and undeniable attraction to former girlfriend Kylie. In spite of that the story flows well and the ending is a real jolt.
If you read and liked “NYPD Red 1” you will enjoy this follow up. Not too gritty, a little predictable, but with enough of a surprise at the conclusion to make it worth reading. Personally I hope to see more of these characters.