The Reflecting Pool



The Reflecting PoolMarko Zorn, A Washington DC Homicide Detective With Expensive Tastes, Must Take On Extra Work Not Always Strictly Legal, Often Unorthodox, And Usually Dangerous To Supplement His Income When Zorn Encounters The Body Of A Secret Service Agent A Supposed Drowning Victim It Leads Him To A Domestic Terrorist Group With Tentacles Into The White House That Does Not Want This Death Investigated As The Demands Of His Professional Life Escalate, Zorn S Alternate Career Heats Up, Placing Him In The Middle Of Competing DC Crime Bosses Feuding Over A Shipment Of Illegal Arms Making Zorn The Hunted And The Hunter He Needs To Avoid Becoming The Victim As He Navigates The Twin Forces Of Evil Closing In On Him From His Legitimate Job Facing Down Political Power And His Secret Side Job

A lawyer and former diplomat, Otho Eskin served in the U.S Army and in the United States Foreign Service He was Vice Chairman of the U.S delegation to the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea, participated in the negotiations on the International Space Station, was principal U.S negotiator of several international agreements on seabed mining and was the U.S representative to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Eskin is active in the Washington theater scene and is a playwright whose work has appeared in New York, Washington D.C., and Europe The Reflecting Pool is his debut novel and is expecting a sequel He lives with his wife in Washington D.C.

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  • 352 pages
  • The Reflecting Pool
  • Otho Eskin
  • English
  • 14 August 2017

10 thoughts on “The Reflecting Pool

  1. Susan says:

    Sometimes intrigue and espionage plots are slow to build as the groundwork is laid Not this one All guns blazing both metaphorically and literally, I was hooked in from the start Marko Zorn, a Washington DC metro detective is our hero or anti hero depending on who s asked At times self deprecating but VERY capable, he has his ways of getting things done While not always legal, it s effective.I especially enjoyed his interrogation techniques with whip sharp dialogs causing folks to reveal Sometimes intrigue and espionage plots are slow to build as the groundwork is laid Not this one All guns blazing both metaphorically and literally, I was hooked in from the start Marko Zorn, a Washington DC metro detective is our hero or anti hero depending on who s asked At times self deprecating but VERY capable, he has his ways of getting things done While not always legal, it s effective.I especially enjoyed his interrogation techniques with whip sharp dialogs causing folks to revealthan intended If that didn t work, he employed other tactics There are numerous baddies too many to list , but one notable character was Sister Grace, an underworld queen with a thug network at war She was rud to be at least ninety years old I love a strong independent woman and I appreciate the author for writing her as older.This was a really enjoyable read and I highly recommend this to those liking police procedurals and memorable characters I hope there s a sequel in the works A heartfelt thank you to Edelweiss, Otho Eskin, and Oceanview Publishing for my electronic copy.Also thank you Pat for reading this with me

  2. Pat says:

    I m on a winning streak at the moment, that was hugely entertaining It s hard to believe this is an almost debut Slightly very rebellious cop with attitude check A case no one else can solve check A conspiracy check Gangsters with guns check Mario Zorn, our hero, is a most unusual detective in the Washington DC PD At times he has a pretty loose interpretation of the laws he has sworn to uphold The head of the largest local gang has him on speed dial Yet when a murder victim I m on a winning streak at the moment, that was hugely entertaining It s hard to believe this is an almost debut Slightly very rebellious cop with attitude check A case no one else can solve check A conspiracy check Gangsters with guns check Mario Zorn, our hero, is a most unusual detective in the Washington DC PD At times he has a pretty loose interpretation of the laws he has sworn to uphold The head of the largest local gang has him on speed dial Yet when a murder victim is found in the Reflecting Pool at the Washington Monument he is quick to the scene The victim, a young woman, reminds him of his dead sister and he swears then and their to find her killer.Whoa, hold your horses Marko This dead woman worked for the Secret Service at the White House and trying to get any information about anything pertaining to the murder is worse than trying to pull teeth from a live shark Terms like confidential , below you pay grade and national security are bandied around He has been working with Arora Lovelace yes, really from the FBI and they DO make some progress But every alphabet agency in the beltway wants to shut down the investigation Which begs the question what are they hiding Compounding his problems his gang connection has given him a dangerous and illegal job to do or else How is he supposed to get around that one As it that s not enough, word on the street is that someone is bringing in a large shipment of guns soon and plans to assassinate the President and take over Washington And Zorn is still trying to find a killer.Grab all these threads and twist them around and you have this story Zorn s character, with his legal ambiguity, is wonderful His relentless approach to the investigation is almost frightening He is like a dog at a bone and will not give up, even when ordered to from on high What can I say I loved this and I m hoping there will be a sequel There is some background to be filled in and there are a few unanswered questions although there is a resolution of sorts Highly recommended 4.5 stars

  3. Monnie says:

    An uber competent, likable yet flawed character, the first of what I hope will be a series and a plot with complexity that s easy to understand What s not to like By the time I was halfway through this one, I was hoping for the next.This one begins as Marko Zorn, a detective with the Washington, D.C., Metro Police, fights over the rights to a body found in the Reflecting Pool with the city s park police No, it s not a suicide it s a homicide and it s ours, Marko asserts after he ruined his e An uber competent, likable yet flawed character, the first of what I hope will be a series and a plot with complexity that s easy to understand What s not to like By the time I was halfway through this one, I was hoping for the next.This one begins as Marko Zorn, a detective with the Washington, D.C., Metro Police, fights over the rights to a body found in the Reflecting Pool with the city s park police No, it s not a suicide it s a homicide and it s ours, Marko asserts after he ruined his expensive clothing hauling the body out of the water The park police back off, unwillingly, and there are no real clues as to what really happened except for a bracelet Marko spots in the surrounding grass.Marko s expensive tastes couldn t happen with just a police department paycheck, and he supplements his income in other ways sometimes not just skirting the law, but pretty much stomping it into the ground As the murder happens, gang activity is picking up, with two members of one gang seemingly at odds with each other The gang leader, an old woman named Sister Grace, occasionally asks Marko for help This time, she has another job for him but it s not one he s eager to take on there are limits as to what he will do for money, it seems As if all that weren t enough, his station boss shackles him to a new, squeaky clean partner just about the last thing he wants to deal with right now.Even worse, as his murder investigation ramps up, it becomes clear that unknown powers that be don t want Marko or anyone else digging in powers that lead straight to the White House itself The power struggle between the gang rivals heats up as well, fueled by a huge shipment of illegal guns that, depending on who ends up with them, could change the D.C landscape entirely Marko doesn t mind sticking to his own guns when it comes to the murder investigation, but if he screws up on the arms deal, it could out his side job or even put him out of commission permanently Can he pull everything off without losing everything, including his own life Well, you ll just have to read it to find out and trust me, it s worth it Many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review a pre publication copy Good job

  4. Dee Arr says:

    While reading of this book I constantly found myself shaking my head, each time realizing that this book could have been somethingthan it was Even the plot the only thing that helped keep me reading until the end fell apart in a manic imitation of an over the top adventure flick The main character Marko Zorn is portrayed as a hardboiled cop, someone with the potential to even make the men cry when he questions them Throughout the book, every encounter Zorn has with someone else al While reading of this book I constantly found myself shaking my head, each time realizing that this book could have been somethingthan it was Even the plot the only thing that helped keep me reading until the end fell apart in a manic imitation of an over the top adventure flick The main character Marko Zorn is portrayed as a hardboiled cop, someone with the potential to even make the men cry when he questions them Throughout the book, every encounter Zorn has with someone else all of them withpower and pull in Washington than Zorn will ever have turns into a win for Marko The other characters all fall apart and bluster when they realize they cannot stop the unstoppable force Zorn He is repeatedly threatened yet manages to turn a deaf ear on all of them at the same time, I am thinking a simple call to Zorn s bosses and threatening their jobs would have had muchpower Anyway New Washington D.C Police Investigator Kenneth Blake is the clich ridden example of a wet behind the ears rookie, placed in the story for occasional humor and to make the main character look hardened andexperienced When Officer Blake asks if the Reflecting Pool is that pool in the middle of the National Mall it is an example of the unbelievable naivety of the character This version of a rookie policeman is not new and has been long overused in books, TV shows, and movies We won t even begin to question how an officer with only 18 months fresh off probation under his belt would be assigned to work with a homicide detective There is a noirish feeling that weaves its way in and out of the story, which is a positive element When coupled with Zorn s personality it works well, though when paired with the Blake character the book wrestles with itself as to which direction to take The ending, while cleverly devised, fell short of believable Author Otho Eskin presents multiple directions he could have taken this book Unfortunately, he incorporated a little bit of all of them and the decision not to narrow the plot path weakened the book Three stars.My thanks to NetGalley and Oceanview Publishing for a complimentary electronic copy of this title

  5. Kathy says:

    Otho Eskin shows readers the dark side of politics, domestic terrorism and gang wars in this taut, tense and suspenseful novel.When a female secret service agent is found dead in the Reflecting Pool by the Washington Monument in Washington D.C., homicide detective Marko Zorn of D.C s Metropolitan Police Department immediately finds himself at odds with governmental agencies which try to block his investigation of the crime Thehe investigates, the higher the government officials who try t Otho Eskin shows readers the dark side of politics, domestic terrorism and gang wars in this taut, tense and suspenseful novel.When a female secret service agent is found dead in the Reflecting Pool by the Washington Monument in Washington D.C., homicide detective Marko Zorn of D.C s Metropolitan Police Department immediately finds himself at odds with governmental agencies which try to block his investigation of the crime Thehe investigates, the higher the government officials who try to stop him What is the truth behind the murder, and why does the government not want this case solved Zorn is determined to get to the truth, even at his own risk.As if the investigation doesn t keep him busy enough, he is also wrapped into a domestic terrorism threat, and finds himself in the middle of a four way gang power struggle Lies, deception, betrayals, maneuvering, machinations and murder fill the pages of this well written novel.The only negative to this novel is that there are so many characters readers might want to keep a cheat sheet to remember who s who.My thanks to NetGalley and Oceanview Publishing for allowing me to read a digital copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review All opinions stated here are my own

  6. BookTrib.com says:

    Is there room for yet another thriller series centered around a cynical, witty homicide detective who skirts the law and has a mysterious past If the detective is Marko Zorn in Otho Eskin s The Reflecting Pool Oceanview , the answer is that you might want to make space on your bookshelf.Read our full review here Is there room for yet another thriller series centered around a cynical, witty homicide detective who skirts the law and has a mysterious past If the detective is Marko Zorn in Otho Eskin s The Reflecting Pool Oceanview , the answer is that you might want to make space on your bookshelf.Read our full review here

  7. Greville Waterman says:

    What is there not to enjoy in this A hard talking, brash yet vulnerable hero who wisecracks and sleuths his way through a complex plot involving murder, counter terrorism and internal security.This is a heady brew and for the most part it all comes together thanks to the plotting skills and writing ability of an author new to me who is surely going to have a bright future in this genre.A exciting and exhilarating read and hugely enjoyable.

  8. John says:

    I received this book through NetGalley s reading program.This story begins with Marko Zorn being called to the Reflecting Pool because of the discovery of a body This body will not be the only story that is detailed, but others will also be depicted which indirectly tie back to this killing Marko works with FBI agent Arora Lovelace in pursuing the killer of the Secret Service agent All sorts of roadblocks are placed which are preventing him from getting support from other law enforcement agen I received this book through NetGalley s reading program.This story begins with Marko Zorn being called to the Reflecting Pool because of the discovery of a body This body will not be the only story that is detailed, but others will also be depicted which indirectly tie back to this killing Marko works with FBI agent Arora Lovelace in pursuing the killer of the Secret Service agent All sorts of roadblocks are placed which are preventing him from getting support from other law enforcement agencies It even goes so far as him being directed to drop the case by high political fellows.With grim determination Marko is determined to bring this killer to justice After chasing many different leads, he is finally able to get results If you want to find out what individuals were pressing to have the investigation stopped, why national security was involved and ultimately, who the killer was, then you must read this book You won t be disappointed The ending is unbelievable

  9. Linda Thompson says:

    The Reflecting Pool is one of the best debut thrillers I ve ever read, and I ve read a lot of them Eskin is a master craftsman weaving his characters through different story lines to the point you feel you need a spreadsheet to keep them all straight That s the kind of novel I love to read, and The Reflecting Pool does not disappoint Marko Zorn rivals Harry Bosch in his ability to get past the rules, and rivals Amos Decker in his determination to get justice Marko knows how to walk a fine li The Reflecting Pool is one of the best debut thrillers I ve ever read, and I ve read a lot of them Eskin is a master craftsman weaving his characters through different story lines to the point you feel you need a spreadsheet to keep them all straight That s the kind of novel I love to read, and The Reflecting Pool does not disappoint Marko Zorn rivals Harry Bosch in his ability to get past the rules, and rivals Amos Decker in his determination to get justice Marko knows how to walk a fine line between legal and not so legal and still get the job done This is the first of the Marko Zorn series and I can t wait to see what s in store for him next I read this book in two evenings well into the night and had I not gone to sleep in the middle of a paragraph on night one, I just may well have finished it in one sitting This is a worthy read for anyone who likes thriller suspense with cops and bad guys

  10. Sue Plant says:

    would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for this gripping booka snipera murder at the reflecting pool in washington dcfbi , secret service and the police all involvedgangs warfareits all going on in this book with the president and his wife under threat of an assassination and a murder its all coming to a head for marko zorn who is investigating the murder at the reflecting pool but is the killer much closer to homethis book keeps you on the edge of your seata few times i got a bit lo would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for this gripping booka snipera murder at the reflecting pool in washington dcfbi , secret service and the police all involvedgangs warfareits all going on in this book with the president and his wife under threat of an assassination and a murder its all coming to a head for marko zorn who is investigating the murder at the reflecting pool but is the killer much closer to homethis book keeps you on the edge of your seata few times i got a bit lost with all the characters but on the whole an enjoyable read and another author to add to my ever growing list of authors to keep an eye out for

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