"exciting police procedural"
El Paso Detective Devon Gray is assigned to investigate the
stabbing murder of a Jane Doe near the river. After
completing his shift, he heads home where his live-in lover
Samantha is hosting her ex-husband Jay Leher. Jay claims
he drove non stop from Los Angeles because his girlfriend
fled LA before calling him to tell him to forget her. Jay
knows she is in trouble. Devon uses his connections to
learn where Lisa Scobar was staying, but when he sees her
photo he knows he has found out the identity of Jane Doe.
Devon travels to Chinati, Texas where Ranger Prairie Drake
accompanies him; this is her first case. They visit Lisa's
husband Sergio Tierrasantas, a wealthy man who lives like a
warlord. When bad things start happening to people he
about, Devon goes over the edge using excessive force,
leading to a suspension and a job working for Sergio. As
he spies on the power lord to try to bring him down, Devon
finds his adversary quite a foe, making the cop wonder if
he needs to cross the line to stop his enemy.
This is an exciting police procedural that contains twists
and turns including one shocker of an ending. The story
line is action packed yet in some ways low keys the
investigation, which adds to the overall flavor. Though
the relationship between the Texas Rangers and the city
police is never fully explained except one on one in the
boudoir, fans will enjoy this terse thriller and want to
read the prequel PATRICIDE.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 8, 2003