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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Sunset Blues is a thrilling first entry in The Shadow series by Renee Topper, an attention-grabbing blend of mystery and thriller that follows the treacherous path of an undercover cop in his attempt to clear his name. Get ready to be steeped in a world where pressure is ever building and where tensions are high. A highly skilled undercover cop is accused of killing his uncle, who happens to be the District Attorney. Now, Rick Cruz must leave his peaceful abode in the San Bernardino Mountains to uncover the truth and clear his name before he becomes a wanted man. Returning to Los Angeles is like walking into the lion’s den, but he has no choice. Question is: can he prove his innocence before the police or the syndicates get him?
This is a story that is as thrilling as any summer blockbuster film, with heart-pumping action and unpredictable twists. From the very beginning, I was intrigued by the premise of this story, an idea that any reader will feel tempted to follow. The writing is masterfully crafted and it features strong elements of style — suspense, humor, irony, and many others. The characters in Sunset Blues are rock-solid, sculpted for the pulsating action that punctuates the pages of this narrative. Renee Topper has a unique narrative voice and a style that excites readers as they follow the protagonist in his quest for justice. This is one of those few books I’d gladly put on the shelf alongside the likes of James Patterson and Lee Child, a must-read for fans of thrillers.