Wrongful Death (Detective Jackson #10)


  • WrongfulDeathAuthor: L J Sellers
  • Performed by Patrick Lawlor
  • Published: February 2015 by Brilliance Audio
  • Category: Crime, Thriller, Suspense
  • four-half-stars

On a chilly Oregon morning, a policeman is found slain near the homeless camp where he’d been passing out blankets the night before. When Detective Jackson is called to the scene, witnesses point to a pair of mentally ill street twins as the likely perpetrators.

As the case progresses and arrests are made, the homeless community revolts against the police, and the chaos pulls detectives away from their investigations. Tension mounts, and the evidence begins to link a series of sexual assaults to the death of the murdered officer. The task force is quickly faced with a dangerous decision: Should they risk the life of another young victim to catch the killer?

Two investigations usually run simultaneously in the Detective Jackson series and Wrongful Death is no exception. The story opens with high school student, Ashley Devonshire, who is the victim of a sex crime. Her parents are being blackmailed with a demand for money if they want a video of the assault to be destroyed.  This results in very tragic consequences for sixteen year old Ashley.

The video will go viral unless you pay me $15,000 to destroy it. You have until five today to get the cash. If you call the police, I’ll post it everywhere.

Wade Jackson is called to investigate the murder of police officer Dan Thompson near a homeless camp, where he had been handing out blankets and clothing. Thompson is the cousin of Jackson’s partner, Rob Schakowski. Suspicion falls on twins Jacob and Henry Walsh, who have been living on the streets of Eugene for years. Schak is too emotionally involved with the murder to work the case and has been given the job of investigating the sexual assault. 

Along with the high profile murder case, Jackson is also dealing with major issues in his personal life. The most prominent being his teenage daughter, Katy, who having gone through a rough and rebellious time since her mother died, is several months pregnant. Dividing his time between his job and family commitments is no easy task.

The characters are developing progressively with each book, especially Schak in this one, showing strengths, weaknesses and insights into personalities, portraying just how damaging to health and family life being a detective can be. This is a believable storyline, well thought through, and it brings home some of the horrendous things the police have to deal with. 

Two seemingly unrelated cases are woven together skilfully and evolve into an intricate and complex investigation with an unexpected conclusion. The personal aspect and social issues of homelessness and the interaction between the police and street people are explored, adding depth to the story. A series which gets better with each book and, as always, great characterisation and narration by Patrick Lawlor.

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About the author

LJL.J. Sellers writes the bestselling Detective Jackson mystery/thriller series–a two-time Readers Favorite Award winner–as well as the Agent Dallas series and provocative standalone thrillers. Her 16 novels have been highly praised by reviewers, and she’s one of the highest-rated crime fiction authors on Amazon. 

L.J. resides in Eugene, Oregon where many of her novels are set and is an award-winning journalist who earned the Grand Neal. She’s also the founder of Housing Help, a charity dedicated to keeping families from becoming homeless. When not plotting murders or working with her foundation, she enjoys standup comedy, cycling, social networking, and attending mystery conferences. She’s also been known to jump out of airplanes. For more about L.J., visit her website: http://ljsellers.com, Twitter and Facebook

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