“Crime Scene” by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman is a look at police procedure crime thriller written from a different perspective, that of a coroner. Clay Edison has worked in the Alameda County Coroner’s for five years. Clay’s days are filled with the ordinary and the very unordinary.
“Crime Scene” is written as a first person narrative by Clay, and this strategy delivers an interesting and insightful look at Clay’s feelings and at the events that surround him. He talks to the readers as he talks to himself. The dialogue and responses within the story reflect the characters as Clay interacts with them. Geography, problems, questions, feelings, and scenarios are as Clay sees them and makes judgments about them.
People weave in and out of Clay’s daily life. Clay’s job haunts him; it lives with him. The work clings to him. He thinks about the dead everywhere he goes. He is not haunted, but he is never quite alone. Every time Clay is called to a location, he is about to ruin someone’s day. Someone is dead, by natural causes or by homicide, but dead. With a click of a button he decides which it is.
One case nags at him, presents an underlying question. The case is not even a “homicide” that he feels compelled to solve; it is just that his mind will not let this case go. While trying to resolve this accidental death of an elderly man, he discovers a tangled web of deceit, loyalty, buried secrets, and murders. Secrets from the past creep into the present, and old cases become entangled with recent events. Nothing is really as is appears at first.
“Crime Scene” is an interesting new look at crime fiction. It is not a typical murder mystery. There is no graphic violence, no revolting accounts, just regular people doing a distinctly unpleasant job. I was “connected” with Clay and his quest throughout the book. I have read other books by the Kellermans, and this is one of the best.
I was given a copy of “Crime Scene” to review by Ballantine Books, NetGalley, Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman, and I really enjoyed it. I highly recommend this to everyone.