Open Season


Set against a backdrop of racial tension and deadly force controversy in Dallas, Open Seasonintroduces Sarah Kingsly and Angel Johnson, homicide detectives who are unlikely and unwilling partners. When people start dying in area shopping malls, the detectives find themselves up against a killer who has his own race card to play.

who has his own race card to play. The Dallas Review Board wants Sarah’s badge because she shot a young black boy ...
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Open Season (Seasons Mystery Series, #1)

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Set against a backdrop of racial tension and deadly force controversy in Dallas, Open Seasonintroduces Sarah Kingsly and Angel Johnson, homicide detectives who are unlikely and unwilling partners. When people start dying in area shopping malls, the detectives find themselves up against a killer who has his own race card to play.

who has his own race card to play. The Dallas Review Board wants Sarah’s badge because she shot a young black boy when the undercover drug operation went bad and her partner was killed. The detectives also wrestle with personal attitudes and feelings about racism and their partnership. They both see the pairing as better PR than policy and Angel’s position is further complicated by her family’s reaction to her working with a white woman.

Their first case, dubbed the Mall Murders, begins with the death of a maintenance worker at one of the Dallas Metroplex shopping malls. A security guard is then killed at another mall. The final murder victim is a young window dresser whose body is left like a mannequin behind the glass of an exclusive boutique at the Galleria Mall. When Angel realizes that the killer is the father of one of her close friends, she turns to Sarah as a to help bring him in. In a standoff at the killer’s house, Angel and Sarah become a team as they attempt to talk Alfred out. The SWAT team has their best snipers in position. The media is there with cameras rolling, hoping for a spectacular ending. But Angel and Sarah have decided that nobody should die in this one.

This is the first book in a series and the second, Stalking Season, will come out November 2012. Each book will have ‘season’ in the title as a series identifier.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Miller (One Small Victory) spins a tight tale that's a cut above the average police procedural in this first of a new series introducing Dallas police detective Sarah Kingsly. Still reeling from community protests over her accidental shooting of a 14-year-old African-American boy during an undercover drug operation that went awry and left her partner dead, Sarah anxiously awaits the ruling of the Dallas Review Board. Meanwhile, in a PR move, her superiors team her with a new, African-American partner, Angel Johnson. Both women must overcome their mistrust of each other and thorny racial conflicts as they try to solve a series of mall murders, in which three men with drug problems are garroted to death with piano wire by a killer who leaves increasingly frantic messages at the crime scenes. The investigation tests Sarah and Angel in ways both expected and unexpected. Readers will want to see more of these engaging female cops. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Several killings at Dallas shopping malls, dubbed the Mall Murders, are made even more high profile by the killer feeding his point of view to an ambitious TV reporter. The case has been assigned to white homicide detective Sarah Kingsly, who is under fire after recently shooting a young, black drug dealer who had killed her partner. Her new partner is Angel Johnson, a black woman whose family is pressuring her not to work with Sarah. With no clues to point them in any direction, Sarah and Angel doggedly inch toward the killer's identity. The suspense level is jacked up to a fever pitch when political pressure and racial tension adds to the stress of the officers caught in the middle. VERDICT Try this debut mystery by a journalist for its open treatment of current urban problems, clean prose, and realistic depiction of women working together. For readers who enjoy Robin Burcell and fans of police procedurals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594149153
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 12/15/2010
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 6.72 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

A journalist and author for twenty years, Maryann Miller has amassed credits for columns, feature articles, and short fiction in numerous national and regional publications. She has several non-fiction books in print, including the award winning, Coping With Weapons and Violence In Your School and on Your Streets. In addition to the "Season" mystery series that debuts with Open Season, Miller has a suspense novel, One Small Victory, published as an e-book and in paperback. It was originally published in hardback in 2008. Her young adult novel, Friends Forever, is also available as an e-book and paperback. Play it Again, Sam, a contemporary romance is available as an e-book, and a short story collection, The Wisdom of Ages, is also available as an e-book.
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  • Posted November 15, 2010

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    This is a great taut police procedural

    During an undercover drug sting that went ugly, Dallas police detective Sarah Kingsly's partner John was killed during a sting operation; at the same his killer fired at him, Sarah shot his murderer a teenage African-American male. Sarah remains on the job, but is fearful of what the Dallas Review Board will determine though she feels she did everything in accordance with procedure. DPD wants her scalp to clam the Black community as everyone except Sarah ignores a cop was killed.

    The DPD decides to team her up with African-American partner Angel Johnson as a public relations ploy; Angel's family pressures her to demand a different partner. Neither female trusts the other, which impedes their investigation into murders at the Galleria Mall. Someone used piano wire to garrote to death three drug using men. Each new killing has an increasingly deeper deranged message by the psychopath as if whatever grip on reality the culprit had is melting away. If Sarah and Angel fail to move past their racial divide soonest, people will be dead by an out of control serial killer.

    This is a great taut police procedural starring two fully developed lead characters with personal issues that keep them from forging the type of partnership that Sarah had with John. Although loaded with plenty of typical law enforcement action, the deep look at the psyche of both females make for a fabulous thriller. Fans will want more appearances by the fab females and police shrink Doc Murray, whose professional relationship with especially remroseful Sarah brings freshness to a strong character driven story line.

    Harriet Klausner

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