The Burning is the fourth thriller in the Clay Edison series. And it’s my least favorite so far, unfortunately.
Clay is a Deputy Coroner who investigates suspicious deaths. At one murder scene, he finds his brother’s classic car in the victim’s garage. His brother, Luke, had a rough start in life with addiction and prison marring it. But he had seemed to turn it around. Why won’t he answer Clay’s calls and texts? Where has he been since the murder? Clay decides to wipe his brother’s car to remove fingerprints. Then, he begins to investigate Luke’s disappearance using official resources. Clay will lose his job if anyone finds out he tampered with potential evidence.
I have two issues with the book. First, why would Clay wipe fingerprints off Luke’s car at a crime scene? It risks his job. It is ineffectual because the car is registered to Luke. Second, an armchair detective cannot use clues to solve the crime. When Clay figures it out, that is the first time the perps are mentioned in the book. Plus, the motive doesn’t ring true either.
While I will read the next book in this series, I didn’t like The Burning much. 3 stars.
Thanks to Ballantine Books, Random House and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.