Emily Johnston is gone. She's been gone for more than a week. She's also the daughter of Harry Starke's one-time boss and nemesis, Chattanooga Police Chief Wesley Johnston. Harry and Chief Johnston haven't seen eye-to-eye in a long time, but when Johnston needs help, he knows there's only one man he can turn to. But Johnston's jurisdiction ends at the city limits and when Emily's body is discovered in a remote part of the county, Harry has to deal with the imperious sheriff, Israel Hands and two incompetent county detectives. So begins an investigation that will take Harry on a wild ride across Signal Mountain, a case that will include a second murder, two cold cases, sex, alternative lifestyles, and deadly danger for Harry and his friends, until...well, as always, there's a twist in the tale.
©2016 Blair Howard (P)2016 Blair Howard
Here we go again. Same location, same cast of characters (even some of the the bad guys have ties to an earlier book), same narrator (he is Harry to me).
The plot delves into some really nasty criminal activity preying on young girls yet somehow manages to give a respectful laugh or two. Never belittles the crime itself. That's the Harry we all know and love, right? Eye on the ball, gun on the hip, and one liner always on the lips. Howard manages to write dead serious dialogue about some very dark topics that isn't depressing.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it and these books are definitely not broke. The formula works - Count me in for the next one as well. Same time, same place, same station.
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