I don't understand why Ms Di Plino doesn't have a wider audience as her books are consistently well plotted and compulsive - I never want to put them down as I can't wait to see what's coming next. Looking For A Reason is no different. It is, however, not for the faint hearted as it involves a fair amount of rape. It opens with a blog by Nemesis describing the rape and torture of Jason Corbett which the police only find out about when called to the hospital where he lies, unidentified, in a coma. At the same time they have to investigate the vandalism of a plaque commemorating the opening of the new youth centre which turns out, almost inevitably, to be more than mere vandalism.
Looking For A Reason is an intricately plotted novel with a linear plot line with each development following on logically from the previous one and I will admit to being gripped, not only by the investigations but by Paolo's ongoing love life and the run up to Dave's wedding which seems all too familiar. Paolo Storey is a good protagonist as he is a decent man with no real hang ups (unlike most detectives) and a determination to see justice done. The rest of his team are not so well developed as characters but Dave's wedding run up provides some light relief. It is, however, not all gore and there are some genuinely sad scenes towards the end and the final few paragraphs have left me desperate to know what is coming next - read it and see!
I recommend Looking For A Reason as a very good read.