A Darkness Absolute

Minotaur: St. Martin's. (Casey Duncan, Bk. 2). Feb. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9781250092175. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250092205. M
Living off the grid in the isolated Canadian town of Rockton appealed to former homicide cop Casey Duncan; like so many of the other residents, she's trying to shake unpleasant memories from the past (City of the Lost). She's even struck up the beginnings of a relationship with prickly Sheriff Eric Dalton. While he is off on a supply run—Rockton isn't the sort of place with a supermarket—Casey and Deputy Will Anderson pursue a Rockton local hell-bent on running deep into the woods and straight into a blizzard. Casey and Will take shelter from the storm in a cave, only to make a gruesome discovery: a woman presumed dead for nearly a year has been kept prisoner there by a mystery man, who could be out hunting more girls if Casey and Will can't catch him before he goes to ground.
VERDICT Armstrong gives her cop-with-baggage backstory a twist, making Casey a singularly skilled but humanely flawed protagonist, adrift in a quirky utopia that's as dangerous as any big city. [See Prepub Alert, 8/15/16.]
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