Verdict: A sprawling thriller that loses its way after the first chapter.
The story opens with a bang, or rather several, as Leotis Wilson kills his wife and children then sets out for the river to dispose of his gun. Detective Jessie Sands witnessed the killing and tails Wilson to the river.
Embarrassed about not stopping the slaughter, she decides not to call for back-up but try to redeem herself with an arrest. Their confrontation turns violent and she shoots Wilson in self-defense, then drops her gun in the river. Sergeant Ron Niles is the first police officer on the scene; his nonchalant suggestion that this could be overlooked is dismissed by both Sands and her boss.
Meanwhile a young runaway is inducted into a cult and a homicide detective is transferred to Internal Affairs. Later, (quite a bit later) Sands’ gun is used in a shooting and eventually pulls several plot threads together.
There are some interesting characters here and at times the writing is taut enough to support the hefty plot. But several important characters are poorly drawn, their plot machinations unconvincing, their dialogue strained. Some pivotal plot points seem unlikely, even in the context of the book, so the final resolution is unsatisfactory.
Reviewed by Brid Nowlan for IndieReader
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