My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Jim Broadbent is an overworked Detective Sergeant with more cases than he can handle and a marriage that’s on the rocks. Like most law enforcement agencies, cutbacks have impacted the already overburdened workload and Jim’s wife is less than understanding. When a missing person’s case – an eleven-year-old girl named Cindy – lands on his desk, Jim soon realizes there’s much more to the story than one missing girl. Jim soon uncovers a ruthless and disgusting child sex ring has been operating practically right under his nose, to include some very prominent law enforcement officials. Jim’s dogged investigation keeps him on the heels of the ring’s top operators and his wife and children soon become targets. During all of this, Jim still manages to squeeze in quite a bit of extramarital sexual activity.
Roger Rapel certainly has some unique storytelling skills, to the point that he’s thrown a few “rules” out the window. For one, dialogue is clipped and not separated by character. Some sentence structure might not be what some readers are used to. Mr. Rapel is clearly British and uses a lot of British sayings, which of course, is only natural. I only mention this since some readers might not know the meaning of certain words and phrases. Yet, having said this, I do not think any of these things take away from the heart and substance of the story. Mr. Rapel’s writing style actually moves the story along quickly and efficiently.
Cindy Where Are You is a story about a very dark and despicable subject. It’s written in a no holds barred kind of way. Roger Rapel’s writing is blunt to be sure – no sugar coating here. The child sex trade is disgusting and Mr. Rapel writes it like it is. Additionally, Jim Broadbent’s character is clearly a lady’s man and his sexual exploits are many and are described in full detail, so be warned this book is most definitely sexually explicit.
I could have done without the way many of the female characters are portrayed as sex kittens/vixens on the prowl, or cried during the investigation, but again, the book didn’t suffer because of it. The ending was a bit abrupt, leaving me to wonder if there’s a Jim Broadbent sequel in the future. If so, I would read it.
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