A Fine Mist of Blood by Michael Connelly revolves
around cold cases and a strange coincidence. For the past several years, slowly
each case of the Open-Unsolved Unit (cold cases) has had all the paper records
converted into digital files. By doing so, databases across crimes could be
created and made searchable. That means
that links between cases and odd coincidences now become apparent as theses anomalies
no longer fall through the cracks. One of those strange coincidences is a
person named, Diane Gables.
Not only was she a witness in a homicide case back in 1999, she was also a witness in another more recent homicide case in 2007. Most folks go through the entire life without being a homicide witness. Somehow, she has been cited as a witness twice. If Bosch had not submitted the case to be digitized, the link never would have been found. It makes Diane Gables very interesting to Bosch as well as Detective Jerry Edgar of the Hollywood Division.
As long-time readers know, Jerry Edgar and Bosch have a long and complicated history. United together in A Fine Mist of Blood by Michael Connelly, the resulting case and short story is very interesting and highly enjoyable.
This short story is in the anthology, Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance. Editor Lee Child, Mulholland Books, published in 2012. My reading copy came in paperback format from the Central or Downtown Branch of the Dallas Public Library System.
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