Detectives Laura Baxter and Jack Holt are members of the elite: Las Vegas Metro PD, one of the toughest and most respected law enforcement agencies in the United States. In the middle of a city with two million residents and 43 million annual visitors, they’re hunting for a killer.
The crime: audacious
In a glamorous Las Vegas hotel, in front of hundreds of witnesses and under the lenses of countless video surveillance cameras, a young girl is brutally murdered. What promises to be a quick and easy investigation soon becomes a nightmare. The most recorded crime in Vegas is missing one key protagonist, the killer.
The forensics: stupefying
A crime-scene fingerprint unleashes dozens of unsettling questions instead of providing answers. Was this a murder for hire? In the politically-charged case, the scenario seems plausible; the victim’s secret life could’ve been the obstacle in an ambitious politician’s path. As the investigation unspools the well-concealed secrets surrounding the girl’s life, Baxter and Holt attract the attention of someone desperate to keep history’s terrible secrets buried.
The truth: shocking
A testimony from beyond the grave turns into a death warrant for the two unrelenting detectives. While they expose a connection with the victim’s distant past that could hold the key to catching her killer, they must learn to rely on each other to survive.
Two mavericks make an intriguing team. Baxter and Holt trust each other with their lives, only not with their darkest secrets.
** 2 Star Review **
I stumbled across this book while browsing the KU selection on Amazon. I was looking for a new-to-me author. What better way than to find on in KU. I know so many readers who have found new authors that way, so I gave it a try.
This one intrigued me. I have been known to enjoy a crime thriller from time to time. I quickly downloaded this book, hoping to find a twisty, maybe suspenseful mystery.
The storyline. That was the strong positive in this book. The storyline in this book is a very good storyline. It's what drew me in to reading it. It's not necessarily unique, but it's the type of storyline if written right and well, it could be unique in its own way. It was just your typical detective crime story.
The writing and delivery. I just wasn't there. The writing only told me a story. In no way did it show me a story. There needs to be a balance in any story between telling and showing. A book, especially one that should be suspenseful, should show me enough of the story that I can't put it down. This wasn't the case here.
The characters. I felt nothing towards these characters. There wasn't anything for me to connect to. They were cookie cutter detective characters. They didn't stand out in any way. Their chemistry was nonexistent. Again, too much telling and not enough showing.
The mystery and suspense. If I am being honest. There wasn't any. I figured out the whodunit pretty early. The why came very clear soon after. At that point, I was just chasing the ending to finish the book. There weren't any real suspenseful parts. Everything felt very mechanical.
I am trying to figure out who I would recommend this book to. I guess if you are into straight-forward detective novels, you might enjoy this book... and maybe the series. As of right now, I don't plan to continue reading the other books, but that isn't saying that I won't at some point in the future.