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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Matson's Case No. 3 is an action-packed crime thriller written by Pablo Zaragoza. New York City Chief of Police Robert Matson reminisces on his days as a detective in the early 60s. Matson and his partner, Smith, roamed the streets of NYC Chinatown where they found themselves investigating a series of brutal murders committed by the triads. One by one, the people who talked with the police would get murdered in an increasingly gruesome way, leading Matson to seek help from a Chinese American Professor at NYU, who helps him understand the secret rituals of the triads. But their investigation puts their families in danger, forcing Matson to send them to relatives in North Carolina. Matson, Smith, and Hong Kong Detective Han must now catch the dangerous Deputy Mountain Master Ti Chu Cum.
Rush Hour Meets Serpico. Pablo Zaragoza's action-packed crime thriller takes you to the crime-infested streets of the 60s NYC Chinatown in a tale of crooked cops, drug-running Chinese triads, and a team-up between Hong Kong and New York detectives. Matson's Case No. 3 moves at a blistering pace, leaving you breathless with suspense, drama, hair-raising action sequences, and plenty of thrills. The characters are well-developed, and it doesn't take much to root for Matson, Smith, and Han. The dynamic between the three runs the narrative forward, and it felt like one of the primary highlights of the book. With each passing page, the twists and turns of the plot keep you hooked. Anyone who loves buddy cop movies or sleuth stories should find this one entertaining.