I'll let you go to Amazon or Goodreads to get the plot for #3 in the series. I want to focus on a few of the facts I learned. And I'm only going to mention 3 of them because I don't want to take away from your reading of the book. Here they are:
1. Regarding online child pornography (sorry that this is such a bummer) - "Every month, 60,000 new images are added to these websites." That brought out an audible "Wow" from me.
2. (bummer #2) "Most child abductions are parental abductions. Children have more to fear from warring parents than strangers hiding in the bushes." Did you know that?
3. I won't quote the passage because it's too long. But it is fascinating to learn about the role of make-up in a coroner's exam.
I could go on and on. Really. This felt like a tutorial, but in a very good way. I really loved learning about the behind-the-scenes stuff. I'm know I also got info in #1 & #2. But it's greatly magnified in #3.
Okay, I have to move along. But it's hard to do. I very badly want to give you more insights into the inner workings of police departments. But I want to make sure you read the book! So here are a couple of other observations I made from reading The Fifth Reflection:
1. There is quite a bit of subtle humor. And everybody knows how subtle I am. (Yeah, right). But the book is funny.
2. The writing is very good. Take a look at this description of an interview by the police: "There's no apparent logic to Manny's interviewing technique. His questions come fast and furious, spinning and swirling from past to present, from California to Norway. I feel like I'm watching Jackson Pollack create a painting." Pretty visual, right?
3. Child pornography and child kidnapping are not fun to read about. But Ellen makes it palatable. Between the police procedures and the police officers' personal lives, the reader gets a good feel for how hard the job is. And, not surprisingly, the toll it takes on the families.
This is a good story and a good series. If you haven't read any of the Dot Meyerhof books, what are you waiting for? I can't think of a better way to learn about the police and police procedure, directly from an expert.