DUPLICITY is a suspenseful tale about a journalist who writes about crime in Detroit. Julia has to balance many parts of her life and has not totally come to terms with her 9-year-old brother’s disappearance years ago. Her attorney husband is just starting to come home after straying to another’s bed and her young sons are anxious for a full reconciliation. Husband is starting a trial against the biggest crime boss in the area and is trying to balance all the pieces to get a conviction. Julia is covering the story and yet has to avoid talking about anything with her husband. Her surprise witness story is scooped from her byline and this is adding stress.
We are part of the unfolding of a complicated truth that will make a profound difference to everyone’s future. The tensions run high as Julia pieces together the various aspects of the story step by step and with the assistance of several police officers. Her 2 sons end up in harms way and thus Julia must find safety for them in the process. Thank goodness for her feisty nanny.
Other than a bombing blast for tension rather the story builds and builds with Julia’s discoveries and with her risking herself into the fray. I believe Haseldine’s experiences as a crime reporter adds to the authenticity of the story and the details of the investigation.
Lots of readers will like this book. DUPLICITY also has some strong relationship connections to interpret and those influence the outcomes. Those who want big action will find it here at a steady pace. Those who want to read about corruption and drug related crimes would be well satisfied. It is a good second novel. The book has merit and was a good read. I enjoyed that is was not so gory as several books have been lately and it did not overwhelm my thinking or cause sleep deprivation. I was worried about how Julia put her children so secondary on the list particularly with her past problems of abduction in her family.
Jane Haseldine is a journalist, former crime reporter, columnist, newspaper editor, magazine writer, and deputy director of communications for a governor. Jane graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in journalism. She resides in Southern California with her husband and two sons, but previously lived in Boston, San Francisco, New York, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana. You can find her at janehaseldine.com, Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook.