A PERFECT GRAVE
Mofina's third novel featuring rookie reporter Jason Wade deals well with the procedural aspects of the newsroom and the police precinct, and the Pacific Northwest setting is finely rendered. But there are too many peripheral characters that are brought on and then whisked away, never to be heard from again. Additionally, the way that all the characters are connected to the murder strains credulity at times, and occasionally Mofina's staccato narration grates. Nevertheless, you'll read till the end, just to learn who -- and why -- dunit.