Book Review: Notorious by Carey Baldwin

NotoriousNotorious
A Cassidy & Spenser Thriller #3
Carey Baldwin
Witness Impulse, April 2016
ISBN 978-0-06-238709-7
Trade Paperback

From the publisher—

The woman everyone loves to hate is dead.

Dallas socialite Cynthia Langhorne is infamous for her beauty, her philanthropy, and her home wrecking–until she’s found shot through the heart and posed nude at a fundraising ball. The case is high profile, and there’s a bigger problem: Cindy is the wife of a decorated FBI special agent–the prime suspect in her murder.

When the Bureau sends FBI profiler Atticus Spenser and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Caitlin Cassidy to Texas on behalf of Dutch Langhorne, the special agent-turned-suspect, they’re suspicious of the very man whose interests they’re supposed to protect. But with a psycho hitman on their heels and a trail of evidence leading up the food chain, it quickly becomes clear this is no ordinary case. The truth points to someone–or something–larger than Spenser and Cassidy ever thought possible. Solving this case is no longer a matter of clearing Dutch’s name–it’s a matter of national security.

A quick peek at the last few pages of Notorious tells you pretty much everything you need to know about the inner characters of Atticus Spenser and Caitlin Cassidy and why their story is worth reading if character is important to you as a reader. There’s some very strong plot here, too, but I really thought the players were the major draw. FBI/police tales can be exciting and full of suspense but, bottomline, the people can make an individual story stand out.

(Mind you, I’m not recommending you flip to the end because it would undoubtedly spoil the story for you. I’ve been known to do such things but it’s usually because I’m getting bored. No reason to worry about that here.)

Little touches in the plot of Notorious make a difference, too. As an example, it’s no surprise when the husband of the murder victim becomes the prime suspect but there’s a certain sadness in the lack of understanding between husband and wife. In those few moments before Cindy’s death, we see the longing for her husband’s attention and his seeming dismissal of her, his not caring that she’s probably heading to an assignation, but it soon becomes obvious that Dutch truly didn’t know how bad things had gotten between them. That’s probably one of the great truths of a failed marriage.

And, of course, Cindy’s murder is just the tip of a very large and dangerous iceberg as Caity and Spense soon find out. Asked to look into the situation because a colleague is involved, they discover that nothing is as simple as it first seems and the machinations and repercussions will reach the highest echelons of the FBI and beyond.

Carey Baldwin is an author I haven’t encountered before but I now know she’s got a sure hand with a thriller and she has also made me want to know more about Caity and Spense. Fortunately, there are two previous novels I can check out while I wait for a fourth.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, April 2016.

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About the Author

Carey BaldwinCarey Baldwin is a mild-mannered doctor by day and an award-winning author of edgy suspense by night. She holds two doctoral degrees, one in medicine and one in psychology. She loves reading and writing stories that keep you off balance and on the edge of your seat. Carey lives in the southwestern United States with her amazing family. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and chasing wildflowers.

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5 thoughts on “Book Review: Notorious by Carey Baldwin

  1. Sounds like a great read. I laugh because you mentioned flipping to the last page. My sister used to read the beginning for a while, then slip to the back to be sure the ending was what she wanted, then go and read the rest of the book. I’m not accustomed to reading that way. 🙂
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  2. Somehow or another, I missed this one last week, but I saw it yesterday on the GIANT post. The title sounds familiar; in fact, more than familiar, and for some reason, I may even have it — a book with a similar title. This is MY type of book.

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