Harper Collins Publishers
Publication Date: January 20, 2015
Date Read: June 28, 2014
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I received an advance reader edition of this book from Harper Collins Publishers and Edelweiss for the purpose of providing an honest review.
I absolutely loved this book. I simply could not put it down and found myself guess right up until the very end. I have been a huge fan of James Grippando since I read his 2006 novel while on vacation that year. I have read quite a few of his books but I will admit that I have not read all of them at this point. I have yet to be disappointed in any of his work that I have had the chance to read.
Abe Beckham is a prosecuting attorney at the Miami State Attorney's Office. Abe's first wife Samantha died young and Abe is still very involved with her brother, J. T. and her father, Luther. Abe has recently married Angelina and is moving forward in his life. As part of his work, Abe finds himself involved in a murder case that may be part of a string of murders. All of the previous victims have been white women dating black men and the newest victim is a black woman. Are the murders connected? Is it a copycat murder?
Abe and Angelina have hit a rough patch in their marriage. Angelina does not like how involved Abe is with J. T. and Abe's fidelity is in question when it becomes known that he is connected to the latest victim. Angelina goes missing and is feared to be the newest victim. Abe goes from star prosecutor to the main suspect in his wife's disappearance.
The writing in this book is fantastic. It is told mostly from Abe's point of view who I found to be a likable albeit imperfect character. All of the characters felt realistic to me. The pacing of the story was perfect and I found myself having a very difficult time putting it down.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast paced book full of twists and turns. This newest book from James Grippando is not part of a series so it is a fantastic place to sample this consistently good author's writing. I plan to look for future works from this author and catch up on a few of his past books as well.