Although dark and gritty, this novel is less gruesome than some of Slaughter’s earlier works. Instead, this complex story focuses on relationships — between lovers, partners and colleagues, families and children — and the secrets they keep from each other. That’s not to say that there isn’t a lot of heart-pounding action, just that this is more nuanced, with wry situational humor to provide breaks from the tension. Slaughter just keeps getting better!
When Faith’s mother is kidnapped and brutalized, Faith and her GBI special agent colleagues pursue an unorthodox investigation. Despite new circumstantial evidence, Faith can’t believe that her narcotics cop mother was dirty, even though she was forced into early retirement. Faith’s partner Will doggedly pursues clues while limping along in his fragile and budding relationship with Dr. Sara Linton. Evidence points to the kidnappers having formed a new gang, but Faith and Will get some unexpected assistance. Who better to beat a young punk gang than the good-old-girl network of retired and senior law enforcement women? (DELACORTE, Jun., 416 pp., $26.00)