No Child of Mine

No Child of Mine

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by Kelly Irvin

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Irvin spins off characters from 2010’s A Deadly Wilderness in a disquieting but flat romantic suspense novel. Daniel Martinez is an investigator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Antonio, a job that’s cost him his wife and family. While Daniel is attending a wedding and trying to reconcile with his wife, his foster son, eight-year-old Benny, is kidnapped. Daniel begins a desperate search to recover Benny before the boy becomes another statistic in the deadly world of gang-bangers and drug dealers. The case is immediately complicated by the discovery of a child’s skeletal remains on the bridegroom’s ranch. Many of the adults are unhappy Christians laden with regret, and only the children are really sympathetic characters. Failing to develop a believable romance, Irvin tries for gritty, but the dispassionate prose mutes the tension while highlighting the detailed, ugly descriptions of child abuse. (Oct.)

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No Child of Mine 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In San Antonio, U.S. Attorney's Office Investigator Daniel Martinez and his estranged wife Nicole attend the wedding of Ray and Susana (see A Deadly Wilderness). The bride's son Marco Acosta asks Police Detective Deborah Smith where his Tio Daniel is. The upset child explains to his Tio and Deborah that Daniel's foster son, eight-year-old Benny, is missing. Evidence points to a kidnapping. While Daniel desperately searches for Benny before the lad is trafficked or killed, Deborah and her police partner Alex Luna find a child's skeleton on Ray's ranch. While the two cops try to find the child and to solve a cold case homicide that has become hot, Daniel, also investigating the abduction knows time is running out for his Benny. This sequel is a gritty police procedural that looks deep into the visible underbelly of the city and the more discrete but as ugly rural areas. Besides the urban gangbangers, there is also plenty of drug and other illegal trafficking on the back country roads. Although the romantic subplot seems out of place and rushed, the condemnation is for an under staffed overworked foster care system in which politicos only give a sh*t when a media incident occurs. Readers will enjoy this dark Texas thriller. Harriet Klausner