3 1/2 stars
Thomas Whitfield is a renowned anthropologist who just recently became Secretary of the Smithsonian. His fame keeps growing thanks to a group named IAFSI – Individualist Association for Scientific Integrity. Everything seems to be going quite well for Thomas: he makes TV appearances, writes speeches, and does anything else that will further his cause. But Thomas’ seemingly perfect world comes to a complete halt when someone kidnaps him.
Dinah Harris was once an FBI agent at the top of her game, working with gangsters to stop the violence on the streets. But there’s an unfortunate accident that costs Dinah her job and respect. Now, Dinah gets a second chance when her former colleague, Ferguson, puts her on a case – the case of Thomas Whitfield’s disappearance.
Ferguson and Dinah start their investigation in Thomas’ office at the Smithsonian. What they find is… basically nothing. The office is almost empty, void of typical objects that an office would have. They search the computer that sits on Thomas’ desk but discover it’s been completely wiped out. What did Thomas have on his computer that had to be wiped out?
While investigating Thomas’ disappearance, Dinah feels desperate and frustrated. She has a short temper and a quick tongue - both of which get her into trouble. Dinah has gone through so much… so much loss. The only way that she can cope with it is to drown her sorrows. So she drinks excessively. Dinah doesn’t really notice that her drinking is pulling her down, ruining her job and life. Can someone save Dinah before it’s too late?
My Thoughts on Deadly Disclosures:
Deadly Disclosures by Julie Cave is unique in that it explores creationism vs. evolution. I’ve never read a fiction book that deals with this sort of thing – it’s a nice change. There is a lot of debating that goes on throughout the story, though, which can be a little tiring.
It’s not a thriller, but it has more of a detective feel to it. Which is what it is; it provides many details/info on the murders and crime scenes. It reminded me of a detective show on TV – kind of CSI style.
The cover design on Deadly Disclosures is attractive. Also, I find the drawings on the inside of the book to be different – in a good way. Whoever put it together did a great job.
Julie Cave is currently writing the next book in this series (A Dinah Harris Mystery). I’m curious to see what happens in Dinah Harris’ life, so I’m sure that I’ll read the second one.
Visit Julie Cave’s website: juliecave.com
This book review was written for Master Books (a division of New Leaf Publishing Group).