I love books set in Chicago and this one is no exception. Gail M. Baugniet describes a city quite different that the one I am familiar with, but just similar enough to keep me on my toes.
Set in 1968, For Every Action There Are Consequences tells the story of Pepper Bibeau. The former Army nurse has returned from Vietnam and is working as an insurance investigator. Questions in a case take Pepper away from her Wisconsin office and into the city of Chicago, days before the Democratic Convention. The city is ill at ease, as are the people Pepper encounters. When her friend Ursula is murdered while wearing Pepper’s coat, questions are raised about the real intended victim. Investigations twist together, bringing Pepper into contact with Detective Tobias “Toby” Robertson. Toby knew Ursula and is determined to discover her killer.
Reading about Chicago in 1968 was fun. When Baugniet describes the Janet Joplin concert at the Auditorium Theater, I was excited. I had both my college graduation ceremonies there! Even more fascinating are the descriptions of police work in the late 1960s. Reading about the dispatch area of the police department made me appreciate technology even more than I already do!
The book is laid back. That’s the best way I can think to describe it. It’s the polar opposite of a James Patterson novel. That’s not to say there is anything lacking in For Every Action There Are Consequences, it simply has a different feel. The easy-going pace of the story goes with the slow-paced life before technology took over.
According to Baugniet’s website, there is another Pepper Bibeau novel in the works. I can’t wait to read it. I hope Toby is involved because I think they could work well together!