Publishers WeeklyThe body of an unidentified girl who looks no older than 18 found in a cheap motel room turns out to be that of socialite Tracy Clemment in Miller’s gripping second mystery featuring Dallas, Tex., police detectives Sarah Kingsly and Angel Johnson (after 2010’s Open Season). Tracy’s prominent father’s influence is felt throughout the police department from the commissioner on down, making the investigation much more difficult. A discarded boyfriend becomes a suspect, but Sarah isn’t comfortable when division head Lieutenant McGregor insists he be arrested and charged, especially when a similar crime is discovered with a very different victim. Racial and class tensions affect all aspects of the case, while Sarah and Angel both have to deal with personal issues from the recent past that may prevent them from ever having a true partnership. The relationship between the women is just as absorbing as the search for the killer. Few readers will anticipate the closing twist. (Nov.)
Kirkus ReviewsDallas detectives Sarah Kingsly and Angel Johnson (Open Season, 2011, etc.) return to confront a case almost as gnarly as their relationship. Newly assigned to each other, the women just don't feel as comfortable as partners should. It isn't that they have any reason for serious distrust. Yes, Sarah's white and Angel's black, but in the past, neither has been much troubled by racial bias. Perhaps it's their approaches to the job: Sarah's is more instinctive, more by the gut; Angel's is more by the book, more unsettled by what she views as Sarah's hippy-dippy style, as if it could plunge her into situations beyond the scope of her training. When a young woman is strangled, nothing about her suggests a connection to the sleazy motel in which she's found, and once she's identified, her actual connections start the Dallas PD hopping. These extend to a quirky, exclusive Dallas businessman's club and a private school with some offbeat operating principles of its own. The Tracy Clemment murder turns out to be the kind of high-profile case that sends police brass in a frantic search for people to blame and corners to hide in if the investigation goes sour. Through it all, Kingsly and Johnson remain remarkably steady. But then just when it seems that they really might be cut out to be partners, they come to a bump in the road that paves the way for the next series entry. Deftly plotted and paced. Although it's certainly possible to grow impatient with the protagonists' unwarranted impatience toward each other, they're appealing enough to keep the pages turning.
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