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Posted December 3, 2012
A surprising and not well explained killer is chased by two warring Dallas detectives. The killer, a religious fanatic, has a thing for young stripper-prostitutes. There are two themes in this story. Will the detectives solve the case and will they do it before they explode at each other?
I admit a certain level of interest in the two women and their personal conflicts, but too much of the novel is taken up with their families and their efforts to avoid letting personalities interfere with their investigation of the murder of a young stripper. There appear to be no well-balanced police officers in this fictional department and while abuse of alcohol is a recognized problem in law enforcement, as elsewhere in our society, it seems to be more of a focus in the novel, at times, than is the crime rate.
The book is well written, the characters are interestingly-drawn, but I think readers may be put off a bit by the frequent personality conflicts.