Eason has given readers a somewhat complicated plot involving the mafia, gang warfare, and the police. It has plenty of action and some intense suspense. There is also a hint of romance.
Izzy is the focus of the story. She is on the Columbia, South Carolina police force. Several of her siblings are also on the force. Her mother, in fact, is the city's chief of police. Izzy's rookie partner, Kevin, makes a rash mistake and gets killed. She is devastated but wants to find the killer. Kevin's older brother, a policeman and Izzy's good friend, has her back.
I had difficulty liking Izzy. I don't like it when suspense is caused by the heroine doing something dumb. That happened a couple of times in this novel. At one point Izzy is so obvious the bad guy pulls a gun on her, seeing the “tell,” as it is called. Izzy made rash moves to the point that others had to control her. In general, she makes women police officers look too emotional and ineffective. I would much rather have had a strong female lead.
That being said, this is a good police procedure novel that is more character driven than investigative technique driven.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Lynette Eason is the best selling author of the Elite Guardian series. She has won numerous awards for her novels. She has a master's degree in education and lives in South Carolina with her husband and their two teens. You can find out more at http://lynetteeason.com/.
Revell, 368 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.