I received a gifted copy and am providing a review.
Detective Nathan Taylor finds himself with another “dead drop.” It is not a spoiler to say that this tale starts out with some 55-gallon drums full of some unknown chemical and dead bodies. He was called to this new site by Billie Carson. Throughout this particular investigation, Detective Taylor finds himself looking for the people responsible, getting suspended from his duties, as well as finding he has been betrayed by two people whom he didn’t think would ever do such a thing to him. He also found out something about himself and the folks who cross the border.
Billie Carson … now here is an interesting character. She has a backstory that suits her character. Billie is what one would call a drifter for various reasons, picking up other people’s trash to recycle and make a living. She comes across as a loner, someone who doesn’t care, but that is not true. Deep down, Billie is a kind, caring, giving person doing what she can to make her life, and the lives of others, better. You’ll have to read the book to find out her story.
Lynne is Detective Taylor’s ex. To say they don’t necessarily get along is an understatement until Lynne finally accepts the truth.
Espi is one of Detective Taylor’s friends, or is he? Was he just doing his job? Believing the story he was told?
Then there are the dueling Cartels. Which Cartel is going to win?
In this tale, you have a police procedural, some political intrigue, and the story of folks crossing the border to El Norte looking for a better life. Be sure to check out Miguel’s story. I have to admit that there is a one scene near the end of this book between Detective Taylor and Miguel that made me tear up for just a second. If you read the book, let me know which scene you think that is.
This is the first book I have read by Mr. L’Etoile and enjoy his writing style. I think his professional experiences help in making his writing realistic, as if he’s telling you a story while sitting next to you. There is also a very deep underlying message in this tale of people who cross the border; you’ll have to read the book to find out what it is.
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