Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dead End by Shirley Wells

"Dylan Scott? It's payback time. You're going to die."

Carina Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.

Dylan is a private eye now.  He's been a cop in the past.  He has lots of enemies, but who would want to kill him?  While he tries to figure that out, there are other men going missing.  Since he's a PI, he gets involved in trying to locate them.  

The worst part is that his wife has been diagnosed with cancer.  He wants to spend more time with her, but it's not possible.  She also hates him hovering over her.  Keeping their children upbeat is important to both of them, so they try to hide their fear and worries.  If someone is after him, Dylan wants to be sure his family safe.  With cancer and murder about, that's hard to do.

This is a murder mystery that goes back in the past.  It takes some time to find the connection to the killer.  Even then, it really doesn't point to a reason for murder.  When you add in the trauma of losing a wife to cancer, the story becomes double-edged.  It's the dance of death and you can't win with cancer if it's advanced too far, no matter how much you want to.

The ending is a real kicker.  It took me a bit to come to terms with it.  I should have seen it coming, but I didn't.  Why don't you read it and see if you're smarter than I am and can figure it before Dylan and I did?  It's a busy police procedural with a monster killer.  You won't forget it quickly.

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