It’s like getting two books for the price of one in this exhilarating novel that’s not just a crime drama. The story also gets into the emotions of its characters: Jason is discovering latent feelings for Ellie while she’s torn about her relationship with her boyfriend.
Two divergent cases, one personal, the other department-related, pull Detective Ellie MacIntosh in opposite directions. The bones of a young woman are found on her grandfather’s property, causing Ellie to question his involvement. Several cop killings have everyone up in arms and Ellie works with her temporary partner, Carl Grasso, and her former partner, Jason Santiago — who is recovering from bullet wounds — to discover who is behind the murders. When Jason’s vintage Mustang is blown up, everyone feels the hit men are too close for comfort. The chief sends Ellie and Jason away while assigning Carl to follow the scant clues of the murders. This frees up the pair to look into the mystery of the skeleton. (TOR, Jan., 336 pp., $7.99)