Among the Shadows
A Detective Byron Mystery #1
Bruce Robert Coffin
Witness Impulse, September 2016
Set in Portland, Maine, Among the Shadows is the first in a series of which, so far there are three. I’ve read them all…. Book 2, Beneath the Depths (2017), and Book 3, Beyond the Truth (2018). Update! The 4th in the series Within Plain Sight is available now!
It’s the Fall and Detective Sergeant John Byron is assigned a case concerning the murder of a retired Portland Officer. Meantime Byron is in the middle of some personal upheaval, his wife has left him, he’s drinking too much, and he’s having problems with his Superiors.
He typically throws himself into the investigation, determined to solve the murder of one of their own, and when a second ex-Portland PD Officer dies under suspicious circumstances, he realizes there is much more to these deaths than meets the eye.
Detective Diane Joyner, the first female African-American detective in the department, and his partner begin to delve into these men’s pasts, and uncover the fact that these two policemen and several others in the department were working on a case where a a substantial amount of money disappeared. In digging up the old files, Byron and Joyner wonder if more policemen are in danger.
John Byron’s character is not without flaws. He is drinking too much, ignoring calls and messages from his wife in an attempt to avoid facing the possible end of his marriage, and his bosses are watching him closely. Tensions quickly rise and Byron uncovers a truth that escalates his efforts to bring the perpetrator to justice.
It was hard to put this one down… and I quickly got my hands on Books 2 and 3 of this very enjoyable series.
Reviewed by guest reviewer Moyra Tarling, November 2020.