Murmurs of Insanity (Moriah Dru/RIchard Lake)
by Gerrie Ferris Finger
Review by Mel Jacob
Five Star Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781432828585
Date: 16 July 2014
In the fourth Moriah Dru/Richard Lake Mystery, Murmurs of Insanity, Moriah Dru becomes the target of a viscous drug lord and a killer who may have murdered a college student. Attempt to scare her off the trails of a young tough and a college student soon places her life and Detective Richard Lake in jeopardy.
Moriah Dru's Child Trace specializes in finding lost children. Currently, she is looking for Johndro Phillips, a spotter and runner for a local drug lord. The drug lord plays tough and will kill Johndro if he finds him. Judge Portia Devon assigns Moriah to Johndro's case. Meanwhile, her lover, Detective Richard Lake, asks her to find a missing college student his ex-brother-in-law is suspected of killing.
Soon, Moriah is quite taken with charming urbane Baxter Carlisle, the scion of old southern charm and money. He has a somewhat checkered history of interest in nymphets, but not since he was a teen. One young woman, the Japanese friend of the missing student, claims, Baxter has stalked and harassed her. He denies it.
Moriah puts all her many skills to work on both cases. She learns the missing arrogant college student is into performance art and had a disagreement with his best friend. Then the friend turns up dead. A suicide or murder? Next, the young woman, a friend of both, disappears.
Johndro's disappearance interferes with Moriah's investigation of the college student. As she struggles to determine whether Johndro is hiding or dead, she learns a female cousin is also missing. The drug lord is desperately looking for the boy, and his henchmen trail and threaten Moriah.
The plot is convoluted and takes all of Moriah's cleverness to untangle. Things are definitely not as they appear. Finger provides plenty of action and keeps the reader turning pages. Interesting characters and puzzles within puzzles add to the enjoyment. While the killer's motive is not new, few will guess the ending. Most readers will look forward to Moriah’s next adventure.