In The Room of White Fire, we meet Roland Ford a man that is skilled at finding people. A former police officer and marine, he is now a private investigator. When he is hired to find and escaped mental patient and former veteran he soon realizes that there is more to this case than a simple missing person. The more he digs, the more he finds himself deeper into something that is not only explosive, but something that might just get him killed. He still wants to find the young man, but for whom?
“The patient in question had “left the premises” two days ago, as Dr. Hulet had told me the previous evening by phone. When someone escapes from a place like Arcadia, the hospital will rarely call law enforcement. Too many potential embarrassments and liabilities. Mental illness still brings fear and shame, especially to the rich and powerful. Police draw media, which draw the public. So a missing patient is the responsibility of either hospital security—which had failed to find the man—or a private locator, such as myself.”
Ask yourself why an Air Force enlisted man would have a military record that seems to be false? What are they hiding? What will happen to me if I dig too deep?
This was an enjoyable novel.