Cane and Abel

Harper. Jan. 2015. 368p. ISBN 9780062295392. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062295422. F
Representing the Office of the State Attorney for Miami-Dade County, Abe Beckham is called to a crime scene; the body of a woman had been found in the Everglades. The FBI suspects it is the fifth victim of a serial killer terrorizing south Florida who dumps his bodies in sugar cane fields. As Abe monitors this new case, he also juggles the complications of his family life. Losing his first wife to cancer, he has done his best to move on and has married a former girlfriend. However, Abe's close ties to his first wife's brother and father is straining his relationship with his second wife. The situation grows grim when Abe must disclose that he knew the victim; he becomes even more of a suspect when his wife disappears. Now Abe must find out what happened as the FBI watches his every move.
VERDICT Best-selling author and attorney Grippando, known for his "Jack Swyteck" series, has produced a solid, quick-paced stand-alone thriller. His incorporation of the appalling history of the sugar cane industry provides an integral backdrop. For readers who enjoy Greg Iles or Brad Meltzer.
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