After a visit by her absentee US Marshal father, US Marshal Mercy Brennan finds herself in the sights of St. Louis's most powerful gang. Deputy Marshal Mark St. Laurent--her ex-boyfriend--is assigned to get her out of town and keep her safe. But it isn't until a freak ice storm strands them in a remote location that Mercy learns just how much the Marshals have been keeping her in the dark--and just how much danger she's really in. Between the enemy and storm, will they survive long enough for help to arrive--if it's even coming at all?
Wow, this story is quite apropos given all the recent the violence involving law enforcement. And it offers a pretty scary but believable situation--using video coverage to frame cops for shootings. Never mind the videos have been doctored, never mind that it wouldn't hold up to scrutiny--just the media frenzy alone could easily set off deadly rioting. It's a scary notion to contemplate. It also begs the question, in this technological age where everyone has access to photo/video editing programs, just how much can we trust such "proof" anymore?
I feel . . . almost . . . double-triple crossed. There are characters
you can trust and those you can't, but how do you know which is which? Ah, the thrilling paranoia of a mole in law enforcement! (not something I'd never want to
experience personally, of course). It really ramps up the suspense.
And this book has suspense in spades.
There's at least one situation
introduced early on that isn't ever dealt with (unless I really missed something from reading too fast; it's a hard book to put down); but since this is a series, I'm going on a hunch
it will come into play in later books. Tons of suspense, some masterful manipulation, and a few good statements of faith make this a highly enjoyable read.
I received a free copy from the publisher. No
review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
Defenders of Justice
1. Fatal Frost
2. Dark Deception
3. Blind Betrayal (April 2018)