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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Finding Carson is a legal thriller written by Josh Soule. Retired NYPD Detective Lieutenant Mark Adler wasn’t all that sure what he’d be doing with his retirement. He figured that simply the lack of stress brought on by unsolved cases and nightmarish memories would allow him to sit back a bit and begin to enjoy life. He was already working as an adjunct instructor at a community college and had begun trying his hand at drawing, and the lure of the outdoors, hiking, fishing, and seeing the sights, was sure to play a part in his retirement. He appreciated the celebratory dinner his daughter, Tara, and her husband, James, were throwing for him but diplomatically turned down their suggestion that he consider moving in with them as they were frequently not at home. Mark would have plenty to keep him busy. But what he didn’t count on was a situation he ran into after saying goodnight to Tara and James.
Josh Soule’s gripping police procedural/legal thriller, Finding Carson, follows Mark Adler’s testimony as he is being interrogated by Detective Tyler Howard, once a colleague, now in charge of the investigation of the quite serious charges brought against the retired Detective Lieutenant. The author’s story reads with the veracity of responses and attention to detail one would expect from a Detective Lieutenant, and the irony of the situation Mark Adler finds himself in after being the only one motivated enough to try to save a young life is laced throughout the book. Soule’s plot is clever and original, and his characters are deftly honed and authentic. Finding Carson is a thinking person’s mystery; it’s most highly recommended.