Putnam, Jan 2001, 23.95, 304 pp.
Frank Kearney and Jose Phillips have worked for the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department for over a quarter of a century each. They stared out as rookies at the same time and later became partners. They shared an apartment and know each other on a deep gut level as perhaps only twins know one another.
They are at the downhill side of their careers and both want easy cases to coast into retirement. Still, their boss Randolph Emerson assigns the duo a high profile case that seems impossible to solve. Someone gunned down the activist priest, Reverend Father O?Brien in what appears to be a random drive by shooting. The two cops look into Father O?Brien?s living quarters and discover a folder containing clippings from a gay newspaper. Even stranger is the half a million dollars they find in a closet. Kearney and Phillips have to wonder if a good priest was committing a transgression. However, they soon realize that the evidence plus the killing is more complex and sinister with the two officers potentially being retired in a more permanent way than they would like.
A MURDER OF HONOR depicts the day to workings of an ongoing murder investigation conducted by two experienced cops. Though weary and ready to retire (think Glover in Lethal Weapon), Kearney and Phillips remain dedicated heroes doing what they do best. The homicide almost vanishes as a bigger crime unfolds that will leave the reader shocked and amazed at the audacity and talent of Robert Andrews to successfully pull off such a stunt. Fans of police procedural will enjoy this debut tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner