Next of Kin

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Annie McIntyre, Bk. 3). Apr. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781250863836. $28. M
Before musician Clint Marshall leaves Garnett, TX, for Nashville, he asks private investigator Annie McIntyre to take his case. Clint was adopted out of foster care when he was four, and he wants Annie to find his birth parents. But it’s not a good idea to take adoption cases in a small community where everyone knows each other. It only takes a day for Annie to discover that Clint’s birth father is in prison for bank robbery, and he has a biological brother, Clay, who lives nearby, and has been involved with a local drug dealer. When Clint disappears, and Annie finds his brother dead, supposedly by suicide, she throws herself into a case in which no one wants to know what Annie uncovers. She’s followed and intimidated, and everyone from her grandfather to the drug dealer to the police wants to shut down her investigation.
VERDICT The atmospheric mystery from the Tony Hillerman Award–winning author of McIntyre series opener Pay Dirt Road is a descriptive novel featuring a young PI who analyzes her own feelings about her job and hometown as she searches for answers in the gritty pool halls, in the rundown motels, and on the dusty roads of Texas.
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