Former Dallas police officer Maggie Ryan quit the big
city force because of the high death rate and the unending
supply of hardened criminals to deal with everyday. She
transferred to suburban Litchfield where one homicide has
occurred in the last decade.
Maggie and her partner investigate the killing of a
special education teenager afflicted with Wilson's Syndrome
riding a school bus and the shooting of the driver. The
police, especially Maggie, want to catch the killer, but
have no evidence and a witness whose memory is at best
fuzzy. Maggie keeps digging, trying to find the motive for
killing a learning disabled innocent.
Susan McBride lives up to the promise of her first
book, AND THEN SHE WAS GONE, with a powerful gritty tale.
OVERKILL depicts the darkest of human emotions that cause
individuals to bypass their better impulses so they can
perform ugly deeds. The protagonist provides no easy
answers as readers admire her ability to survive hell
making her quite a role model for both genders. On top of
that the exciting mystery with its unforeseen climax makes
this a must read.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 12, 2001