Where It Hurts is a hard crime story. It is tightly plotted and very descriptive with lots of information on its setting in Long Island, which made it a bit slow at times. However, the characters and plot were so interesting that it had me coming back to see how it would all play out.
This is the first book in a series featuring ex-cop Gus Murphy. His son’s sudden death has thrown him into a deep hole of grief leading to the end of his marriage, problems with his daughter, and a menial job as a hotel van driver, living at the hotel and isolated from everything he knew. Then he is contacted by a man he regularly used to arrest and asked to look into the barbaric death of the man’s son. Initially reluctant to do so, Gus slowly uncovers more and more details about those involved and as he does so, he also learns to deal with his personal grief and move on with his life.
I have never read this author before, but will look into some of his other popular series since I enjoy mystery.