With Jace Salome's partner out of the picture, she's forced to delve into the world of online predators alone...
Two bodies, recently beaten to death, are discovered on the edges of Zachary County. There is a recent attempt to break into the security office at a resort in nearby Rooster County. And the Zachary County Jail has exploded with seemingly random fights.
A year into the job now, Deputy Sheriff Jace Salome is edging into being more comfortable with her role in the department. When she finds a smartphone in the jail she learns the random fights are anything but, that they have been filmed and then emailed from the phone to an intricate web of private email servers and access-only websites. And the fights seem to be directed from someone outside the jail.
The two dead bodies, as well as the investigation of the resort break-in, and Jace's look into the fights, all collide when she discovers that a dead girl had been in the Zachary County jail and that video exists of her getting beaten both in the jail and in the security office of the hotel.
Jace realizes the darkest recesses of her imagination cannot keep up with reality. This is a world of technology and on-line predators, and the stakes are much higher than her pay-grade. Worse still...Jace Salome has to face this case alone.
Praise for Trey R. Barker and the Jace Salome novels:
"A writer who walks the walk, Barker will show you the difficult and dark side of crime literature. Get the nerve to read him--you should." --Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire mystery series
"Barker, a former journalist who works in law enforcement, has produced a noirish police procedural that's gritty, violent, and utterly believable." --Kirkus Reviews on Slow Bleed
"With a ripped from the headlines plot and a twist that adds a real kick, this gritty mystery brings to mind the crime fiction of Kathryn Casey and Alanna Martin." --Library Journal on East of the Sun
"Introduced in Slow Bleed, Jace [Salome] is a fascinating protagonist, flawed and broken but determined to rebuild her life." --Library Journal
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Should be a minus 10. If a reader would download the sample - they would NEVER buy this book. This book should be on two lists: worse books ever written and a shout-out to NEVER buy another book from this author. As to exact complaints: show law enforcement in the most extreme bad views. Make them stupid and cruel and totally without intelligence. This is the beginning of this book. I could not force myself to read fur
I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Trey R. Barker and Down & Out Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for sharing your hard work with me. This is the third(?) Deputy Jailer Jace Salome novel, and it's packed with lots of action. A fast read and stand alone, this police procedural takes place in the western panhandle of Texas. Jace is still feeling her way into her job, second guessing herself because the job has interfered with her relationship with her Grandmother, and at times she is unsure of her ability to honor this job. And this is a case that is going to take a lot of perseverance and skill to see it to it's final solution. By the end, Jace will know if she wants to join her friend 'on the road', stay at the county jail, or start over in something her Grandmother will find more appealing.