Collateral Damage

Gallery. (Ali Reynolds, Bk. 17). Mar. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9781982189150. $28.99. SUSPENSE
How long can the burning desire for revenge last? For disgraced cop-turned-convict Frank Muñoz, the dream of retribution allowed him to survive his 20-year prison term. Now out, he has plans for those who deserted him: his girlfriend Danielle, his ex-wife Sylvia, and the two Pasadena police officers who put him behind bars. One of those former officers, Hal Holden, is now a chauffeur. As he drives passenger B. Simpson to the airport, someone runs them off the road. But who was the target? Simpson and his wife, Ali Reynolds, run High Noon Enterprises, a cybersecurity company in Arizona. As police in multiple jurisdictions work to solve the crime, High Noon uses its AI software, lovingly called Frigg, to analyze the moving puzzle pieces. What they discover is a multi-state murder spree 20 years in the making, but they have to figure out how to use Frigg’s info, which was gathered through illegal hacking.
VERDICT Jance’s 17th Ali Reynolds title (following Unfinished Business) is a fast-paced thriller. It combines a police procedural with robotic research in a tale of vigilante vengeance on overdrive.
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