Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Harry Bronson is a retired Dallas police detective who finds himself investigating several murders while vacationing in South Dakota.  He meets Linda Randig, whose parents and husband were recently murdered.  He offers to help her prevent her son and grandson from being harmed by the same people who killed the rest of her family to motivate her to drive cross-country to Minnesota--for purposes to be disclosed at a future date.

Bronson hooks up with his former partner and, as the investigation continues, local police accuse Bronson of being responsible for the additional bodies that begin piling up.  As Harry races against the clock--and leaves his wife behind at the campground where she is performing with a theater group--he manages to encounter a variety of unexpected twists and turns in an investigation that soon comes to involve an intriguing case of corporate espionage.

Although I didn't find myself being as engaged by the characters as I would have liked, the plot kept me turning pages.  A variety of secondary characters added depth to a story that, at times, lacked motivation.  For example, Harry got himself involved in a number of physical altercations that--as a retired cop--he should have known better than to step into.  The ending, however, was very well-motivated and entirely unexpected.

If I had to give this book a rating on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give it a 6.  I'd also give the next book in the series a whirl.

You can visit L.C. Hayden's website at:  http://lchayden.com/

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