Friday’s Forgotten Books: MISSING IN PRECINCT PUERTO RICO BY STEVEN TORRES

Steven Torres uses his skills as a storyteller to use the threads of an investigation to build tension in Missing in Precinct Puerto Rico.

From the start, puzzle pieces are introduced that are used to filter all the additional details that arise during the course of the investigation. Torres does an excellent job of developing both the intricacies of the case and the relationship between the sheriff and his wife.

One of the great things about the storytelling here is that Torres keeps you guessing. Even as you think you know which way the evidence is pointing, you soon learn that there are more layers to be uncovered, and they will change your perspective on everything.

Torres challenges the assumptions that people can make during the course of an investigation. I love the fact that this is set in Puerto Rico–it is a welcome change from the same old same old settings that are overdone. I also appreciate how Torres uses human nature as a natural component of the story and plot development, and shows how human weaknesses can work against an active investigation.

A talented writer whose works have not truly received the recognition they deserve.