DEATH, TAXES, AND A SKINNY NO-WHIP LATTE
Readers will find Kelly’s protagonist a kindred spirit to Stephanie Plum: feisty and tenacious, with a self-deprecating sense of humor. Tara is flung into some unnerving situations, including encounters with hired thugs, would-be muggers and head lice. The laughs lighten up the scary bits, and the nonstop action and snappy dialogue keep the standard plot moving along at a good pace.
IRS investigator Tara Holloway and her partner Eddie are assigned a hot case — getting the goods on Marcos Mendoza, a big-time criminal with a history of loan-sharking and money laundering. Tara’s boss closes the case after Mendoza threatens Eddie and his family, but Tara does not give up so easily and decides to go rogue with the help of a geeky fellow agent and a mysterious former associate who’s now on the run from Mendoza. (ST. MARTIN’S, Mar., 336 pp., $7.99)