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KINGS OF MIDNIGHT
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery
Career criminals, former mobsters and a cache of illicit funds won’t give readers any good guys, just characters in shades of illegal grays. The pace doesn’t pick up until the final chapters and the characters don’t come off any more likable throughout the convoluted though very well-plotted tale.
Crissa Stone is a career criminal who wants out of the life. All she needs is one last score to set up her new life, get her daughter back and buy her boyfriend’s parole. Too bad things keeps going wrong, like the fact that her last two partners killed each other and put her on the run again. She doesn’t plan on crossing paths with ex-mobster Benny Roth, who’s been walking the straight and narrow until he finds out that Joey Dio is now dead. Now, somebody wants the $5 million his former boss is said to have secreted away and they figure Benny knows where it’s stashed. With money on the line, the law and the mob on their tale, Crissa and Benny collide in an intersection of greed and desperation. It’s going to cost them. Maybe more than they ever thought they could pay. (MINOTAUR, Apr., 304 pp., 24.99)
Reviewed By: Pat Cooper
Published: April 2012