Price of Justice
Detective Jason Scarsdale and Karla Engel are two broken people, brought together through an investigation into a pedophilia ring. Jason feels responsible for his wife’s death from a car accident and is having to learn how to parent his five-year-old daughter who he had neglected for work and “me time” while his wife was alive. Kara Engel lost her daughter to a pedophile who wasn’t convicted of the crime and then bragged to her about it. Kara took matters into her own hands and beat him to death in the same way he had killed her daughter. She then changed her name to Demi Mueller, moved to Austin, TX, and became a crime analyst focusing on child crimes. She and Jason end up meeting during the trial of Scott Dewayne Lasiter.
Lasiter is on trial for the death of a nine-year-old, and as Kara/Demi commiserates with the girl’s mother during the trial, she decides to, again, deliver justice she feels is missing for the child and kill Lasiter herself. But during her attempt, she ends up discovering that he wasn’t responsible for the crime and the identity of the one who is. From there, Kara and Jason work together to track down the real killer, break up the group of pedophiles working in Austin, and fight internal attempts from within their own police department to stop them from finding out too much about the people involved.
Of course there is a romantic subtext to Jason and Kara’s relationship that makes Jason feel guilty about betraying the memory of his wife. Add in Kara’s loss of her daughter and Jason’s now motherless one, and you can see the match, even if the parties involved don’t want to themselves. The ins and outs of the investigation keep the reader guessing and may keep you up just to finish the book in one sitting. Good crime story, good characterizations, entertaining book from start to finish.
|Page Count||274 pages|
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|Category||Mystery, Crime, Thriller|