Wrecked-Tricia Fields

Tricia Fields
Minotaur, Mar 4 2014, $25.99
ISBN 9781250021373

In Artemis, Texas someone shoots to death secretary Christina Handley for no apparent reason while her boss accountant Dillon Reese disappears. Reese’s girlfriend Police Chief Josie Gray understands the ramifications of her boyfriend’s vanishing means he is the prime suspect in the murder of his employee and she must recuse herself from the investigation.

When a ransom demand for nine-million arrives accompanied by a video of Dillon in captivity arrives, Josie fears for his life and relief he was not one of the killers though why they murdered Christina remains unknown as does how to meet the monetary demand. Josie asks hostage negotiator Nick Santos to help her rescue Dillon.

The third Josie Gray police procedural (see The Territory and Scratchgravel Road) is an entertaining mystery as this case is personal for the protagonist, which makes standing on the sidelines doing nothing but praying practically difficult when she craves killing the thugs. Fast-paced with for the most part exciting rotational perspectives, readers will appreciate Josie’s latest crime case.

Harriet Klausner

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