FICTION

Internationally Known

K.S. Pubs. 2012. 216p. ISBN 9780984529018. pap. $15. F
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This sequel to New York's Finest picks up with Naomi and Damian on the run from the Mexican cartel. Hiding out in Memphis, they learn that Reggie, Naomi's brother, is being held hostage because Naomi ran a scam while moving high potency cocaine. Soon they head back to New York to join forces with Foxx, Naomi's father, who's seen it all in the drug wars. Alternating points of view between Naomi and Damian reveals their fears and stress about taking on the Mexican mob and coming up with the five million dollars million to free Reggie. So what's the stress reliever? Hot sex! Naomi is thrilled to hear Damian say, "I'll die before I let someone do something to you." But one should never underestimate the power of a woman, especially when Naomi feels her family is threatened and becomes an enraged mama bear.
VERDICT When Foxx outlines his complicated plan, this novel adopts a spy movie procedural tone, like, say, Mission Impossible. Still, Naomi is a flawed but admirable heroine and her enemies need to look out when she dons ammo belts and becomes a walking arsenal. Swinson's name will move this title with little effort.

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