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Reviewed by Jack Quick for Readers' Favorite
Another outstanding police procedural from L J Sellers featuring detective Wade Jackson and his cohorts of the Eugene, Oregon Police Department. This time it is personal as Jackson’s ex-wife, Renee, is missing. Jackson suspects that alcoholic Renee has climbed back inside the bottle that destroyed their marriage. But the truth is far worse: kidnappers have snatched Renee and are now demanding ransom from her wealthy fiancé. In the meantime, Jackson’s protégé, Detective Lara Evans, is working on a seemingly unrelated case involving a battered coed and a whispered rumor of a secret sorority. Add in Eugene’s new FBI liaison, Agent Carla River, (formerly Carl) and you have all the main characters hard at work to save lives and bring the perps to justice. On top of all the other stress elements Jackson is trying to shield his teenage daughter from the worst of the situations.
Ms. Sellers has done an outstanding job of developing Detective Jackson in his previous books, so it is easy to quickly get into the story. Those who haven't read the previous books in the series can also enjoy this one on its own merit, but I would encourage the serious reader to go back and read the earlier books for maximum enjoyment. In addition to great characters and a delightfully twisty plot, Ms. Sellers makes you feel the nuances of living in Oregon with her detailed descriptions of the scenery and the weather. I still miss Ed McBain, but Ms. Sellers has now become my go-to for solid police procedurals.