Detective Max Rupert and attorney Boady Sanden’s friendship is being pushed to the breaking point. Max is convinced that Jennavieve Pruitt was killed by her husband, Ben. Boady is equally convinced that Ben, his client, is innocent. As the case unfolds, the two are forced to confront their own personal demons.
Let justice be done though the heavens may fall.’
A body has been found, a probable homicide, and Detective Max Rupert and his partner, Detective Niki Vang are attending the scene. The body is discovered to be that of Jennavieve Pruitt. She has been brutally murdered and initial thoughts on the investigation, as far as Max can see, point to her husband, Ben, as the perpetrator.
Boady Sanden, hired by Ben as his attorney, is convinced his client is innocent. It took a lot to convince Boady to represent Ben – he hasn’t taken on a case since he lost his last one, which had a tragic outcome that he’s never been able to come to terms with. Boady hopes this might be an opportunity to redeem himself. He and Max are long time friends but this case will test their friendship to its limits.
Who found the body?”
“An early morning jogger,” Niki said, pointing to a man wearing a 1970s-styled headband and standing just beyond the crime-scene tape.
Max pulled a corner of the blanket back to uncover the woman’s head. Her hair, a paprika shade of red, was the same colour as Jenni’s, and for a razor thin moment, he saw Jenni’s face peeking out from behind the mess of red hair.
The Pruitt case resurrects old memories for Max. He’s still haunted by the death of his wife at the hands of a drunk driver four years earlier. There’s nothing Max would like better than to investigate his wife’s death, now classed as a cold case as no-one was brought to justice. It’s against procedure for him to get involved and Max has been warned off in no uncertain terms, but that’s not going to stop him when certain information comes to light.
The story is told from Max and Boady’s conflicting perspectives, so each side is open to speculation by the reader or listener. I found myself changing opinion from one to the other the whole way through. Both these characters are complex, likeable and well defined.
The Heavens May Fall is a mixture of police procedural and courtroom drama, both particularly well executed and compelling, keeping up the momentum and suspense.
I haven’t read these books in chronological order, not initially realising they connected to each other, but each can easily be read as a standalone or randomly as I seem to be doing. Even if some plot points won’t be a total surprise I’m loving the books which are extremely well written and plotted. I didn’t see the major twist coming at the end of this one at all.
The narration is spot on. I always enjoy RC Bray as narrator and all three did a superb job defining the characters.
Allen Eskens is the USA Today-bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, The Heavens May Fall, the Deep Dark Descending and The Shadows We Hide. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Rosebud Award, Minnesota Book Award, and the Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar Award, Thriller Award, and Anthony Award. His work had been published in 21 languages and his debut novel, The Life We Bury is being developed for a feature film. Allen lives with his wife, Joely, in greater Minnesota and is represented by Amy Cloughley of Kimberley Cameron and Associates, and is published by both Seventh Street Books and Mulholland/Little Brown. To learn more about Allen, go to www.alleneskens.com.