The End of the Road

Mysterious Pr. Apr. 2023. 312p. ISBN 9781613163825. $26.95. THRILLER
Myles had been out of prison for only one day when Pryor shot him because he refused to be the driver for a bank robbery. A bully before he became a criminal, Pryor doesn’t like to leave bodies behind. With Myles in critical condition in the hospital and Pryor planning his next moves, Myles’s partner, Penny, knows that she, Myles, and their son won’t be safe as long as Pryor is alive. Pryor terrorizes witnesses and heads to a farmhouse in rural Ohio, with Penny on his trail. Although a deputy sheriff, J.P., stumbles on Pryor’s hideout, it’s a desperate Penny who saves the injured deputy and does whatever she can to take down Pryor.
VERDICT The viewpoints of Pryor, J.P., and Penny are featured, but it’s single-minded Penny who stands out. The author of the Andy Hayes mysteries separates his gritty rural noir from other thrillers by featuring a woman who isn’t a cop or detective as she tracks the villain in this violent novel.
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