Fiction, Mystery/Thriller


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.


In this page-turning short story from international bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, senior detective Jon Avery inherits a deeply troubling case. At an off-campus party, university professor Rose Taylor is drugged, undressed, and photographed on a burner phone. In seconds her humiliation is uploaded, and millions of JPEGs are zipping like immortal wasps through the internet. But why would someone target her? She has no vengeful exes or rival academics, no stalkers or unhinged students. Jon Avery, the sharpest, most experienced investigator in the sheriff’s office, is determined to find out who’s behind this horrific invasion of privacy. But soon he runs into a wall of silence at Preston College—an academic mecca whose reputation one doesn’t dare tarnish. The message is clear: if he pursues the case, he’ll pay for it.

My take:

If you’re a fan of good detective stories, this is one for you.

Detective Jon Avery takes over the case of Rose Taylor, a well-liked college professor who was drugged at a party and had lewd photographs taken of her and posted on the internet.

For such a short read, it’s a great social commentary, examining what happens when “campus heroes” act out. What starts a basic detective story turns into a story of Detective vs. university cover up, and then becomes something completely different.

I strongly recommend the audiobook if you have a couple of hours to kill.


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