MYSTERY

Exit Strategy

Kensington. (NYPD Negotiators, Bk. 2). Jul. 2020. 256p. ISBN 9781496727886. $26. M
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Even when she’s out with friends, NYPD Detective Gemma Capella, a hostage negotiator, steps in to save others. Her family serves New York. Gemma’s father and three brothers are police officers, while a fourth is with the fire department. They set aside one day a year for a family picnic, but when cell phones ring, it’s a city crisis. Gemma is selected to help with a man who has taken over City Hall. She and the negotiating team do their part, but when the mayor, with his own agenda, destroys their plans, Gemma sees only one way out. As a young girl, she was a hostage in a robbery when her mother was shot. Now, she goes rogue to deal with the hostage taker. It’s a carefully mapped chase through the city as Gemma negotiates with a man who has no options.
VERDICT As Sara Driscoll, Danna is the coauthor of the “FBI K-9” mysteries and the “Abbott and Lowell” forensic mysteries. She kicks off her first solo effort, the “NYPD Negotiators” series, with a compelling, dramatic story while using the protagonist’s family background as motivation. Readers who love the TV show Blue Bloods, with its family of cops, will relish this launch.

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