I loved O’Mara’s first book, Sacrifice Fly, and I think I like this one even more. His main character is Brooklyn teacher (now dean) Raymond Donne, who used to be a cop but thanks to an injury sustained on the job is now a teacher. Ray gets involved with different crimes because (so far at least) they’ve involved his students.
One of the strongest elements in this new series is not only the very Brooklyn specific setting, but the school setting. The parts O’Mara the real life teacher adds to his novels about his fictional teacher Ray ring with authenticity and add real emotional texture to his stories. It’s a weird comparison, but the way cozy writer Denise Swanson brings her school psychology experience to her books, adding detail and interest, O’Mara is setting his books apart in the same way Swanson has.