Detective Kara Quinn and FBI special agent Matt Costa team up to investigate the unsolved murder of a college activist whose demise may be linked to a high-stakes crime organization in the Southwest desert.
... engaging from the beginning, and while the cast is large, an omniscient third person narrator means that we know what many of the various characters are thinking. It all works to help us understand what is going on. In addition to Kara, Matt and Michael, there is Ryder, whose ability to unravel threads of paperwork to find the culpable is almost magical. We meet others who we know will appear in future installments of the series, and we can't wait to get better acquainted with them. Those who enjoy thrillers and detective novels with lots of action will appreciate the multiple possibilities that Brennan presents before sharing who the bad guys really are.
Brennan showcases a range of fascinating procedural detail, regarding undercover ops to forensic accounting, in this sequel to The Third to Die. Pair this series with J. A. Jance’s similarly team-driven Ali Reynolds thrillers.
Amid the fast-paced action, Matt, Kara, and Michael each take time to ruminate on their dysfunctional love lives. These bumps in the narrative may frustrate readers eager to get on with unraveling the well-constructed mystery plot. Fans of romantic thrillers will best appreciate this one.