Matson's Case No. 2


Fiction - Mystery - Historical
340 Pages
Reviewed on 08/18/2019
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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Matson's Case No. 2 by Pablo Omar Zaragoza and Susan Giffin is a historical murder mystery and the second in a series. Matson is sent to a Manhattan crime scene by O’Neal, his boss. There he finds three murder victims, all bearing the same name, all within three blocks of each other. Together with an old partner, Robert Smith, the two men find themselves deep in an investigation that reveals ties to Hitler and Nazism. Visiting the FDA animal research facility, they investigate work that all three victims were doing on biological warfare. As the investigation deepens, they find themselves dealing with a riddle – who murdered whom? What is Operation Paperclip? What government secrets are being protected? And who are the victims?

Matson’s Case No. 2 by Pablo Omar Zaragoza and Susan Giffin is set in 1950s New York, with a black police officer fighting crime amid racial tension and the rise of Nazism. It’s a fascinating story, packed with suspense and plenty of intrigue. The main protagonist has many talents that shine through in this, the second in a series, although I have not read the first story. The book is filled with historical facts about Operation Paperclip, a genuine JIOA program, about how Lyme disease was introduced into the USA. This all adds depth to a story that is exciting and unique, with some very credible characters developed into likable, relatable and real people. Filled with action, the story is based on the deduction and investigation skills of one man and this makes for fascinating reading. Highly recommended for anyone who likes a story they can get their teeth into; a story that will grip them from the start.