East of the Sun

Five Star: Gale Cengage. Dec. 2016. 360p. ISBN 9781432832322. $25.95. M
Jace Salome works for the Zachary County sheriff's office as a correctional officer. Having brought down a group of crooked cops, she is suffering from nightmares and backlash from other deputies who resented her whistle-blowing. When a doctor is killed in the jail just before Christmas, rumors concerning drug running in the county start flying. Is the late physician's employer, Cruz Medical, involved? Jace's jail house partner, Rory Bogan, is working a second job, and when she takes Jace along on patrol, they bust a truck full of drugs, reinforcing Jace's suspicion that Cruz Medical has plenty to lose if certain facts come to light. Introduced in Slow Bleed, Jace is a fascinating protagonist, flawed and broken but determined to rebuild her life.
VERDICT With a ripped-from-the-headlines plot and a twist that adds a real kick, this gritty mystery brings to mind the crime fiction of Kathryn Casey and Alanna Martin.

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