Library Journal Review
The successful search for a missing boy in the woods near the British Columbian town of Trafalgar also uncovers a human bone that may belong to a man who disappeared years earlier. It's almost too much to handle as Constable Molly Smith (Negative Image; In the Shadow of the Glacier), one of the last people ever to see the missing man, tries to come to terms with her own father's death and deal with her relationship with Adam Tocek of the Royal Canadian Mountain Police. VERDICT By using western Canada as her setting, Delany gives us a breath-taking vista, in which she places her deceptively minimalist plots. Her exceptional ability to create characters, both realistic and sometimes creepy, makes this another terrific addition to her outstanding body of work. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
The chance discovery of human remains, believed to be those of mild-mannered Brian Nowak, who's been missing for 15 years, propels Delaney's satisfying fifth Constable Molly Smith novel (after 2010's Negative Image). Nowak's sudden disappearance in 1996 baffled the townsfolk of Trafalgar, B.C., but none more than his daughter, Nicky, an eighth grader who was best friends with Molly. Though some believed Nowak simply took off and left his cold wife and underachieving son, few believed he would abandon his adored, precocious daughter, who has since grown up to be trouble. When Nowak's body is positively identified, the murder investigation by Molly and her fellow officers turns the community inside out. Trafalgar's unseemly side offers plenty of suspects, secrets, and long-buried fury. Series regulars such as Molly's RCMP boyfriend, Adam Tocek; Adam's faithful German shepherd, Norman; and her widowed mother, Lucky, lend support. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Booklist Review
While tracking a young boy who goes missing in Koola Provincial Park in Trafalgar, British Columbia, Adam Tocek's search-and-rescue dog finds some old bones that turn out to be human. Constable Molly Smith becomes involved in the case when it looks like the remains belong to Brian Nowak, the father of her childhood friend, Nicky. Coincidentally, Molly was one of the last people to see Nowak before he disappeared 15 years earlier. Molly helps investigate, hampered by the dysfunctional Nowak family, while also performing her sometimes dangerous patrol duties. Just when Molly's superiors decide too much time has passed to find Nowak's killer, the case breaks. Molly must also come to terms both with her mother's not very well hidden relationship with Molly's boss, the chief of police, and with Nicky, who is now involved in some unsavory business. The beautiful setting nicely frames this village police procedural, which boasts well-delineated characters and combines police investigation with the life of cops on the beat.--O'Brien, Sue Copyright 2010 Booklist