Cold Case Closure

A Police Procedural Novel

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
349 Pages
Reviewed on 07/22/2017
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Author Biography

career including teacher, university administrator, resort operator, and principal of a registered investment advisory firm. His books include Death of an Oysterman, Illicit Cargo, Final Words, Hollywood Cadets (non-fiction), and the Phil and Paula Oxnard murder mysteries: Ortega Night, McCollum’s Run, Of Doggerel and the Dean, and A Wrathful Vintage.

Charles O. Gaylor served for thirty-seven years with the Escondido, California Police Department, thirteen of which were as a homicide investigator. During his career he won many prestigious awards including the Escondido Police Officer of the Year award. He contributed to the California Department of Justice receiving the FBI’s Latent Fingerprint Hit of the Year Award in 2008. He has lectured at multiple venues on homicide investigations and careers in law enforcement. In his final seven years with EPD, Charles served as a core member of the cold case homicide unit. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice as well as a J.D. degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law In San Diego.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

Cold Case Closure (A Police Procedural Novel) by Patrick Ian O'Donnell and Charles O. Gaylor is a murder mystery novel that would appeal most to a mixed audience of mature young adults and adults who enjoy vigilante style justice stories. Detective Sergeant Grant Frazier spent his career pursuing justice within the law, but watching as criminals failed to be brought to justice, even when the police knew that they were guilty, due to the justice system being unsure of the chances of a conviction. When Grant becomes a former detective instead of an active detective, he sets out to right the wrongs that the justice system was either unable or unwilling to do. Will Grant’s actions serve to save the lives of potential innocent victims or will he become that which he hunts?

Cold Case Closure (A Police Procedural Novel) by Patrick Ian O'Donnell and Charles O. Gaylor has an interesting cover that combined elements of nature and investigation into one intriguing cover image. I have to say that this book reminded me of a combination of Batman and Dredd with how Detective Sergeant Grant Frazier is a sort of vigilante who only goes after criminals that have committed capital crimes and escaped punishment, even though the police had evidence of their guilt. I enjoyed the way the book began with Grant’s first act of justice being committed when he was drunk, as it allowed me to understand how he developed into the person he became later in the book. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I liked how it avoided all of the normal murder mystery clichés and was, instead, a unique and enjoyable novel.