Devil’s Slew-Darryl Wimberley

Devil’s Slew

Darryl Wimberley

St. Martin’s, Mar 1 2011, $25.95

ISBN: 9780312649494

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agent Barrett “Bear” Raines attends a little league game when duty calls.  In the Devil’s Slew swamp, Afghan vet Quentin Hart has taken his girlfriend prisoner.  Bear and Sheriff Smoot Rawlings arrive at the scene hoping to talk down the angry former combat soldier with no body getting hurt.  Instead, Quentin races out of his home holding his automatic rifle pointed at the cops.  They kill him as each knows the veteran committed suicide by cop.

Bear feels depressed over the incident though he knows he and Smoot did the right thing.  He investigates Quentin’s last days trying to understand why he snapped.  Aided by other law enforcement officials he soon uncovers a connection to vets involved in counterfeiting and money laundering.  The FBI believes they kidnapped and beheaded one of their agents in New Orleans.  As the evidence mounts that this is a dangerous gang based in Florida but working in Mexico and Afghanistan, someone is targeting these vets for death.

Devil’s Slew is a fascinating police procedural in which the chaotic story line showcases how convoluted an investigation can become.  Fast-paced from the moment Bear and Smoot arrive in the aptly named swamp and never slowing down, readers will appreciate Darryl Wimberley connecting dots between Florida, Mexico and Afghanistan in Bear’s latest thriller (see Pepperfish Keys).

Harriet Klausner

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: