Thomas & Mercer: Amazon. (Eve Ronin, Bk. 4). Jun. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781662500657. $24.95. M
Just two weeks before his retirement from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, homicide detective Duncan Pavone blames himself when two female campers are shot to death in beautiful Malibu Creek State Park. He has long suspected there was a sniper targeting the area around the park, but politicians, the sheriffs, and the Parks Department have swept previous shootings under the rug. As Duncan and his partner Eve Ronin dig into the case of the murdered campers, Duncan becomes convinced they could have prevented the women’s deaths. It’s usually Eve who goes rogue in her quest for justice, but this time around it’s Duncan who speaks out. Then Eve falls victim to the park sniper. Can an injured detective and one on the verge of retirement fight back against those in power?
VERDICT Goldberg’s compelling follow-up to Gated Prey is a fast-paced, riveting police procedural influenced by actual events in California. A character-driven series entry that skillfully depicts Hollywood corruption.
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