Story outline :
Juggling a family and a career is never easy — and it’s becoming a real challenge for Sheriff Joanna Brady. Coping with the impending delivery of her second child as well as a staff shortage, the last thing Joanna needs are two serious crimes. First, the body of an unidentified man is found in the desert, all ten of his fingers savagely severed. Following the scant clues, Joanna learns that the victim was an ex-con who had served twenty years in prison after confessing to the murder of his pregnant wife. In his last days he was seen following and photographing a young woman.
Then one of Joanna’s officers is brutally attacked and left for dead while on an unauthorized stakeout. Because she’s one of their own, the department throws its resources into finding the officer’s attacker. But the murder haunts Joanna. Being a sheriff is no longer an empty title she wants to achieve — somehow it has become what she is. Her job is to avenge man’s inhumanity to man, and finding out who the victim was and why he is now dead is what she has been summoned to do with her life. Strapping on a bulletproof vest, she’ll risk everything to see that justice is done.
This is my first book from the Author, and I enjoyed it immensely. I loved Sheriff Joanna Brady’s character and how she manages her departments in her final stage of her pregnancy. With all the constant ‘fire fighting’ she and her team has to undertake while investigations are on the way and her struggle with the pregnancy certainly lends authenticity to a very well written story, even a very unique perspective.
The build up with all the various characters, real life situations and family issues makes this easy to read book highly entertaining!