Giorello's beautiful ability to paint pictures with her words pulled me in ("...drove past fields that glistened like crushed diamonds.") and her characters made me feel like I've known them at some point in my life. I also greatly appreciated the fact that there was a lot of forensics "stuff" and yet it was written in a way that kept me from feeling lost in the details...and I felt myself constantly wondering "What in the world is really going on here??" as this town is being corrupted by hate crimes and negligence.
...yeah, it's a definite keeper...and may have started me on a new buying spree as I look forward to her next book (in the spring) and as I jump back to the get the one she released before this one!
Also, as an added bonus, Giorello is celebrating the release of "The Clouds Roll Away" by giving away a Kindle prize pack worth over $150.00...!! (Giveaway info is listed at the end of this post.)
Forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon returns home for Christmas but discovers Richmond , Virginia running low on goodness and light.
Although her exemplary service in Seattle lifted her disciplinary transfer, Raleigh lands a hometown civil rights case riddled with problems that could get her sent away again. When she helps out a fellow cop, her life goes on the line, forcing her undercover in a sting operation. As Raleigh realizes the lines are crossing and double-crossing, her domestic life starts to unravel. Her mother's mental health cracks like ice, her closest friend grows cold, and her old boyfriend DeMott comes a-calling, hoping for more than chestnuts by an open fire.
While the city glows with Christmas lights and carols, Raleigh is forced to rely on her sharpest skills to stay alive, hoping for that one clear moment when everything makes sense and the clouds roll away.
You can jump over to Amazon.com to buy this book by clicking here or you can sign up to win:
One Grand Prize winner will be chosen to receive the latest generation KINDLE with Wi-Fi and a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com. To enter, you can simply click here to enter and then tell your friends to sign up too! Winner will be announced January 3, 2011 on Sibella's blog: http://sibellagiorello.blogspot.com/.
**Litfuse Publicity Group provided me this book for review purposes & is allowing me to keep this title once finished. I get no other compensation...other than the chance to fill my heart and soul with an excellent read. :) **