Well, Robert Dugoni has done it again!
I first be a me a fan of his after reading the Tracey Crosswhite series, which were remarkable for the eerie, creepy sense of foreboding that Dugoni inserted into the book. You spent the whole time waiting for the other show to drop.
The 7th Canon continues this dark atmosphere, though from a different point of view. Peter Donley is a defense attorney who works for his uncle in San Francisco. When a local priest is arrested for the murder of a young boy at his shelter in a rough neighborhood, Donley is drawn into the case, and the chance to exorcise his own demons.
One of the things Dugoni does best is creating interesting characters and weaving their stories together in compelling ways. This novel was no different; from Donley to the private investigator who is dealing with his own loss, to the the vaguely psychotic cop who responds to the scene, this novel really has a great cast.
I can’t say that this novel will really keep you guessing, it’s fairly obvious about halfway through what’s going on, maybe minus a few details. But it’s in seeing how it all plays out that keeps you reading.
And it’s worth it.
It unclear whether Dugoni plans to make Donley into a series, but if he does, I’ll be picking up the next one.