Meet Robert Hunter, the youngest Homicide Detective the Los Angeles Police has ever recruited, on his first day. As a rookie, he is given a simple suicide investigation to cut his teeth on. But when he arrives at the scene, he swiftly begins to suspect that something is not quite right.
Despite the fact that the door was locked from the inside, and there is no other way out of the apartment, Hunter has a hunch that the victim did not commit suicide. But with a new Captain to impress and the evidence stacked against him, Hunter has a lot to prove if he is to solve the case and keep his place on the team.
Young rookie detective Robert Hunter has just been assigned his first case with the LAPD Robbery Homicide Division. Just a simple open-and-shut suicide case, however once on the scene Robert is not convinced at all by what he finds.
He's sure that the victim has been murdered, not commited suicide ... but how can he prove it when the victim's apartment door is locked from the inside with a security chain? How did the killer manage to lock the door from the inside before leaving the apartment? Or is he reading too much into it and just complicating things in his head? All other agents are doubtful of the murder theory. Is this rookie trying to escalate a simple suicide case just to impress his new captain?
I liked the ingenious way by which Hunter solves this mystery, but being a very short story (just nine short chapters) there was no chance of building the characters. The author should have added a couple of chapters and given us some more about their lives. I have also guessed the perpetrator very early on in the story, then it was just to see if I was correct.
Having said that, this was a very enjoyable, well-written, short, quick mystery. From what other reviewers say, Chris Carter has written some brilliant Robert Hunter thrillers, but I wanted to start from the very beginning to see how this bright detective started off at the Robbery Homicide Division. Now I'm really looking forward to start the first Hunter thriller -The Crucifix Killer.