Bad Blood
Five Star: Gale Cengage. Dec. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781432832551. $25.99. M
Leaving North Carolina for Florida, Brady Spain has found the good life—a terrific job working in IT and a house in the desirable beach community of Heron Point. But things go from great to monumentally bad in the blink of an eye. In the wake of the rape and murder of two women, Brady refuses to corroborate the alibi of the chief suspect, who happens to be the son of local tycoon and Heron Point developer Leo Burgess. Not surprisingly, Leo comes down on Brady like a ton of bricks. How will Brady survive the venal Burgess family?
VERDICT A fast-moving plot set in a Floridian Garden of Eden, Dutton's second novel (after Supposed To Die) is an exposé of absolute power corrupting absolutely. Brady is an ordinary Joe caught up in the vicissitudes of unbridled dishonesty. James Hall fans will relish this title.

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