Risking his job and the wrath of the district attorney, Vic resorts to bargaining with criminal suspects for new leads, many of which point to North Dakota. He flies there, only to discover he is far from everything he knows, and his long-cherished definitions of good and bad are fading as quickly as his leads. His only chance is one last audacious roll of the dice. Can he stay alive long enough to discover the whereabouts of his daughter and rebuild his life? Or is everything from his past lost forever?
"The mystery plot itself is riveting...a captivating and emotionally intelligent crime drama." — Kirkus Reviews
I liked this novel once I got past the initial confusing opening. It was obvious to me this was a sequel and not having read the first two in the series, I was a bit lost. Sufficient backstory does come in later to make the novel enjoyable. Much of the plot deals with the personal feelings of the police detective, Vic. His thoughts and actions were difficult for me to understand until well into the book when more of the stories of the earlier novels in the series was revealed.
I recommend reading the prior novel in the series, not just for backstory but also because Hayes' writing style is engaging. Once I understood what was going on, I was hooked. The plot revolves around human trafficking but with a personal emphasis. Vic is hunting for the woman who tried to kill his partner but who is also the woman he thinks trafficked his missing daughter. Hayes did a good job portraying the feelings Vic had as he pursued the fugitive.
Except for not having enough initial information to have this novel read well on its own, I liked it. The character development was done well as was the action. I will be looking for more from this author.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Mystery: Police Procedural
Published by: Level Best Books
Publication Date: August 1, 2020
Number of Pages: 294
Series: A Vic Lenoski Mystery; Pittsburgh Trilogy #3 || Each is a Stand Alone Mystery
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)