For a woman who has only been back in her Alabama hometown for a few weeks, former FBI agent Jess Harris has seen more action than most see in years. With a penchant for action, and a keenly sharp intelligence, heroine Jess is charmingly vulnerable under her tough-cop exterior, as she tries to settle into a new job and a new relationship, even as she is haunted by a manipulative serial killer from her past.
Jess Harris, chief of the new Major Crimes unit, is called to the scene of the savage murder of a cop’s wife. Does her old nemesis Eric Spears have anything to do with it? Or is someone trying to send a message to the cop? It could be just another strike by a vicious local drug gang, beheading the woman as her child slept in his crib, since two other incidents have been discovered. As the investigation goes on, Jess discovers her only witness may be a missing autistic 8-year-old boy. And if this isn’t enough to cope with, her ex-husband reappears in her life, just as her relationship with Chief of Police Dan Burnett is escalating, making Jess wonder where her future truly lies. (FOREVER, May, 384 pp., $5.99)