A weekly alert for followers of crime, mystery, and thriller fiction.
Astride a Pink Horse, by Robert Greer (North Atlantic):
Taking a break from his crime-and-cowboys series featuring C.J. Floyd (First of State, 2010), Greer delivers this modern thriller firmly linked to the wars of the 20th century. Bernadette Cameron is a U.S. fighter pilot turned military investigator, who must determine how a decorated African-American Air Force veteran wound up hanging by its ankles--dead--in one of southern Wyoming’s decommissioned nuclear missile silos. It’s supposed to be a straightforward breach-of-security case. However, Bernadette wants to know more, which means stepping outside her jurisdiction as she and Elgin “Cozy” Coseia, a former college basketball star who now works as a Web news reporter, pursue this homicide’s elusive leads. Some of those leads suggest that the crime was hate-related, while others spark suspicions of a conspiracy perhaps involving a right-wing cattle rancher, a Japanese internment camp survivor, and a military contractor with a longstanding grudge against the murder victim.