When the Past Haunts You (Volume 5)
by L.C. Hayden
Review by Mel Jacob
CreateSpace Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781470074791
Date: 19 February 2012 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
This new, exciting Harry Bronson Mystery looks into his past and his relationship with the estranged sister he hasn't seen since she ran away at age fourteen. She has tried for weeks to contact him. Finally, he talks with her and learns she fears for her life. When he meets her, bullets fly and she dies before telling what she fears. His only clue is her hint about notes they left each other as children.
Guilt stricken that he had failed to save her, he sets out to find her killer. He has no inkling how convoluted that search will become. As he delves into to her past, he discovers she became an 'escort' at age fourteen and made a lot of money for the man who 'adopted' her. Her life took some strange turns until a wealthy man befriended and supported her.
Starting with the pimp turned restaurateur, he traces her through the men she knew. He discovers she had a pregnancy, but has no idea if the child survived and who had fathered it. Despite her background, she was hired by a prominent politician as a nanny for his infant son.
Lorraine's rich supporter gave her a valuable painting. His daughter claims Lorraine stole the painting and threatens Bronson demanding he return it. A search of his sister's house is fruitless although he finds the business card of a local artist.
Bronson's former partner, Mike Hoover, from Dallas insists on helping him investigate. Mike also hopes to reunite with his ex-wife. Meanwhile, Carol, Bronson's wife is en route in their camper, but it breaks down and she is delayed. Dashing Mike's hopes of her helping to rein in Bronson.
Unlike When Death Intervenes, Hayden uses a female sociopath, Raven, who tortures and kills victims for pleasure and even killed her own father. She commands blond twins almost as cold-blooded as herself. Ordered to kill Bronson by her mysterious boss, she gloats over the idea of taking down such an enemy.
Bronson, as always, manages to parry the attempts on his life, but may meet his match in the cold-blooded Raven. Hayden provides plenty of excitement and a climax most will find satisfying as Bronson struggles to understand his sister, find her killer, and survive. There is no overt sex and language is mild.