Martinez is at the top of her game. Her writing sparkles in this exceptionally well-written suspense novel featuring sexy, sharp federal prosecutor Melanie Vargas. Plotting, character and pacing are expertly done. Martinez paints a vivid picture of the rap and gangster lifestyle and the lawyers who defend and prosecute those whose lyrics often depict real-life crimes.
But when Lester is killed in a car bombing in front of Melanie, the prosecutor -- grieving and armed with dangerous information -- embarks on a harrowing mission to find the killer and to piece together clues that lead to the famous rapper and a notoriously dangerous vendetta. (MORROW, Feb., 352 pp., $23.95)