Sunday, September 28, 2014
Crush Depth, by Brendan Dubois
Hard time choosing between two very different stories this week, both in Ice Cold, and both excellent. Sara Paretsky's "Miss Bianca" is about intrigue in a biological research lab, as seen through the eyes of a child. "Crush Depth" is a look back at a genuine mystery of American military history, offering a possible explanation. The first is cute, the latter is grim. What finally decided me was their surprise endings. Paretsky's seemed tacked on, while Dubois's was a genuine twist, putting a new light on everything that went before.
In "Crush Depth" it is a year after the Soviet Union collapsed and an intelligence agent named Michael is hanging around the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, naval yard, trying to make contact with someone who knows the truth behind a naval tragedy from the 1960s.
Michael thought it ironic that his work and the work of so many others was still going on, despite peace supposedly breaking out everywhere.
Cold war or hot war, there was always plenty of work to be done...
True and sad enough.