When a call from his daughter, Katie, interrupts his much-needed vacation, Detective Wade Jackson knows it’s bad news. His ex-wife, Renee, has disappeared and Jackson heads home to discover she’s been kidnapped. That same weekend, a young University of Oregon student is brutally beaten and dumped naked at the ER.
As Jackson teams with FBI Agent Carla River to retrace Renee’s movements and handle a high-tech, fast-moving ransom demand, Detective Lara Evans must identify the young assault victim, then track down the assailant with no leads to go on…except the whispered rumor of a secret sorority.
As the ransom goes horribly wrong and the suspects refuse to crack under interrogation, Jackson grows more fearful that Katie’s mother will be lost forever and his daughter may never forgive him.
About the Author
L. J. Sellers is a native of Eugene, Oregon, the setting of her thrillers. She is a former award-winning journalist and editor, and current standup comic, cyclist, social networker, and mystery-conference attendee - as well as a skydiving and thrill-seeking fanatic. A long-standing fan of police procedurals, she numbers John Sandford, Michael Connelly, Ridley Pearson, and Lawrence Sanders among her favorites. Her Detective Jackson Mysteries have won the Readers Favorite Awards twice, and include The Sex Club, Secrets to Die For, Thrilled to Death, Passions of the Dead, Dying for Justice, Liars, Cheaters, & Thieves, Rules of Crime, and Crimes of Memory. She's also penned three standalone thrillers: The Baby Thief, The Gauntlet Assassin, and The Lethal Effect.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have always liked the way L. J. Sellers unwraps a character to give the reader a deeply personal view. Not surprisingly, it’s a difficult feat to sustain with a series character over many books. In RULES OF CRIME, the seventh Wade Jackson story, we get reminders of why we care for Detective Jackson. But—most excellently—L. J. develops an intimate understanding for some new characters alongside reacquainting us with familiars from earlier stories. Several times during the story, I paused to recognize that I really enjoy her writing style. This is not easy to do: to pause in the middle of an L. J. Sellers story. And the ending blew me right out of the water.
Attacks by unknown perpetrators on two lone women, separated by several miles and as many hours, open this newest novel by L.J. Sellers in the Detective Wade Jackson series. The first is distinctly personal to Jackson: The kidnapping for random of his ex-wife, Renee, recovering alcoholic and the mother of his beloved teenage daughter, Katie. The FBI is called in, of course, but Jackson, now after 20 years a senior detective in the Violent Crimes Unit of the Eugene, Oregon P.D., is allowed to join the team, convincing his boss that he can be both objective and professional. The second case is a brutal assault, the body of the victim dumped, naked, outside of a hospital ER, where she remains in very serious condition, and detective Lara Evans, Jackson’s mentee in the same unit, is assigned to handle it. Unfortunately, another common factor in both cases is the utter lack of witnesses or clues. Events play out over a period of one week, with suspense building up as with meticulous police work the pieces start to fit together in both crimes. The book provides the excellent character development for which this author has been highly praised, introducing an intriguing new character: a transgender FBI agent, without making that the agent’s defining characteristic. “Rules of Crime” is terrific summer reading, and is recommended.
Reviewed by Jack Quick for Readers' Favorite Another outstanding police procedural from L J Sellers featuring detective Wade Jackson and his cohorts of the Eugene, Oregon Police Department. This time it is personal as Jackson’s ex-wife, Renee, is missing. Jackson suspects that alcoholic Renee has climbed back inside the bottle that destroyed their marriage. But the truth is far worse: kidnappers have snatched Renee and are now demanding ransom from her wealthy fiancé. In the meantime, Jackson’s protégé, Detective Lara Evans, is working on a seemingly unrelated case involving a battered coed and a whispered rumor of a secret sorority. Add in Eugene’s new FBI liaison, Agent Carla River, (formerly Carl) and you have all the main characters hard at work to save lives and bring the perps to justice. On top of all the other stress elements Jackson is trying to shield his teenage daughter from the worst of the situations. Ms. Sellers has done an outstanding job of developing Detective Jackson in his previous books, so it is easy to quickly get into the story. Those who haven't read the previous books in the series can also enjoy this one on its own merit, but I would encourage the serious reader to go back and read the earlier books for maximum enjoyment. In addition to great characters and a delightfully twisty plot, Ms. Sellers makes you feel the nuances of living in Oregon with her detailed descriptions of the scenery and the weather. I still miss Ed McBain, but Ms. Sellers has now become my go-to for solid police procedurals.