April Woo is an ABC (American Born Chinese) NYC PD Police Sergeant. Lt. Mike Sanchez (April's boyfriend) and April working together. You also get to see a bit more about "Skinny Dragon" Mother and sister cousin "Ching".
Mike and April are trying to figure out who would kill a bride on her wedding day (in the church at that). A crime of passion? But, wait before we get to far into solving the crime there is another wedding murder across town. And while the way the bride is again shot there appear to be no similarities in the families. But, there are a few things that link them together and there is a possibility a few of these things might also put "Ching" in danger. Not to mention that "Skinny Dragon" says this is bad luck for Chings wedding.
Along the way April and Mike also hit some rocky patches in working together. But this is not a romance book.. This is a Mystery Thriller with a little romance thrown in on the side.
This report prepared by Tanya
Onyx, June 2002, 6.99, 400 pp.
Homicide Task Force Commander Lieutenant Mike Sanchez and detective sergeant April Woo are partners both in their professional and personal lives much to the dismay of their respective mothers who want them partnered to someone from their own race. Although April loves Mike, she has turned down his proposal of marriage numerous times, fearing the wrath of her mother Skinny Dragon. Frustrated by her refusals, Mike remains optimistic, as he is not one to give up.
The latest case they are working on allows Mike to use some interesting methods to get his lover to accept the idea of marriage to him. April and Mike are determined to bring in the killer of orthodox Jew Tova Schoenfeld, who was shot moments before she was to take her wedding vows. At first, the brass thinks it is a hate crime but when a second bride is shot while entering St. Patrick's Cathedral, April and Mike realize they have a maniac on their hands that must be stopped.
The events of September 11th are reflected in the thoughts of the heroine, making THE SILENT BRIDE an even more enthralling and poignant police procedural. Leslie Glass humanizes her protagonists so that readers understand what the heroes feel because though the narrative readers are given insight into hearts and minds of Mike and April. The who-done-it is an intricate puzzle with tantalizing clues sprinkled throughout the story line. This author's novels should be included on every crime thriller fans must read list.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner