Series: Tracers #11
Published by Pocket Books
Publication Date: January 31st 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin “delivers the goods” (Publishers Weekly) again with the eleventh title in the gritty, heart-pounding Tracers series.
When a lakeside tryst ends in a double murder, police detective Daniele Harper arrives on the scene determined to get answers. Clues are everywhere, but nothing adds up. Dani turns to the Delphi Center crime lab for help, but soon regrets it when her secret attraction to their chief firearms examiner threatens to distract her from the most important case of her career.
As a ballistics expert and former Navy SEAL, Scott Black knows firearms, and he knows he can help Dani unravel her case. Scott has managed to hide his interest in his best friend’s younger sister for years, but when her investigation brings them together, the sparks between them quickly get out of control. Scott resolves to keep his hands off Dani and his eyes on the goal—identifying a killer. But when that killer zeroes in on Dani, all bets are off. There isn’t a line Scott won’t cross to convince Dani to trust him so that he can help her take down a ruthless murderer who has her in his sights.
Laura Griffin OWNS this genre and it’s amazing how after so many books in this series, she keeps on delivering superb writing and a powerful story-line that balances exciting suspense with explosive chemistry.
AT CLOSE RANGE is intense, chilling and completely engrossing, so much that seventy percent into the book (I checked!) I wasn’t sure what the motive was going to be but the unfolding intrigue was too good to worry about that. And yes, it was appropriately mind-blowing and worth the wait.
A double murder with lots of clues and a hard to discern motive leads Detective Dani Harper to call in ballistics expert Scott Black for help, but when the bodies start piling up, Scott is implicated in the murders and Dani herself becomes a target, it’s very clear that they are dealing with more than a crime of passion and that the bad guys are very motivated to keep their secrets. Throw in the attraction between Dani and Scott and it’s a tinderbox on the verge of explosion, and the team has to work really fast avoid more casualties.
Scott is the embodiment of every bad boy trait that women love – he’s aloof, extremely confident, a loner, a ladies man and a challenge. Personally, all that expertise is more attractive than anything else, but what do I know? Even though he’s been attracted to his best friend’s sister for a long time, he does not plan on acting on it. Until she takes the choice out of his hands.
Dani is a newly minted detective, but she’s good at her job, determined and tenacious. While such a high profile case is not ideal for cutting her teeth as a lead, those traits make her exactly the right person for this job, even if she sometimes takes one too many risks to get the job done.
Every time I read a book in this series, I can’t stop raving about it and right now, all I want to do binge on the entire series, and if that’s not the highest recommendation, I don’t know what is. If you love well-written suspense, then this series is one to have on your reading list.