The author also likes to test the memory of the recurrent reader, leaving hint here and there of previous cases, but not in an heavily manner so that, if you haven’t read all the series, you are not bothered by them, on the contrary, are like pretty lace to the rich velvet that is the current story, but if you are a faithful reader of the series, they make you smile like you are meeting again old friends you haven’t seen in years.
As I told in my previous reviews about this series, more than the mystery I like the romance between Dick and Jonathan. They are now officially a family, raising Jonathan’s orphaned nephew, Joshua, and having settled in a ordinary routine. But that is not something tiring and I’m not worried Dick will regret to having a monogamous relationship with Jonathan, since often the author let the reader know that Dick is plenty satisfied by Jonathan in all his needs, and he has no reason to wander around in search of something more or different. Dick is also very taken by his role of Joshua’s co-parent, and even if I seem to remember it was Jonathan who pushed for it, I didn’t feel as Dick is regretting the choice.
The Peripheral Son is a bittersweet mystery, mostly since it seems like the missing man, Victor, comes from a very sad past experience, and doesn’t seem to have to come to terms with it. He seems like a man in stasis, waiting for something to happen, and I don’t feel like, at the end of the story, he managed to reach that “something”.
Amazon: The Peripheral Son: A Dick Hardesty Mystery
Amazon Kindle: The Peripheral Son: A Dick Hardesty Mystery
Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Zumaya Boundless (October 31, 2011)
Series: Dick Hardesty Series
1) The Butcher's Son
2) The 9th Man
3) The Bar Watcher
4) The Hired Man
5) The Good Cop: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/11411
6) The Bottle Ghosts
7) The Dirt Peddler
8) The Role Players
9) The Popsicle Tree: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1278795.html
10) The Paper Mirror
11) The Dream Ender
12) The Angel Singers: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/759151.html
13) The Secret Keeper
14) The Peripheral Son
Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bott
Cover Art by April Martinez