Nothing in this novel appears to be what the reader expects. And that is a good thing. Kathryn Dance, in this, the fourth novel in which she is featured, faces perplexing and unexpected situations both as a member of the California Bureau of Investigation and in her personal life. And in each, the author demonstrates the sleight of hand in authorship for which he is well known.
Professionally, Dance faces two cases. In the major one, a series of crimes are committed by a crafty perpetrator in which large groups of people are forced into panic-driven rioting in an attempt to escape from a mass venue, such as a theater, resulting in injuries and deaths. In the other, she interrogates a Latin man who is later released, after which while leaving he grabs her pistol, the upshot being her suspension and transfer from criminal to civil cases. The common thread between the two is all sorts of subterfuge, twists and turns. The same applies to her personal life, both in relation to her children and her love life.
Bringing all these elements to a logical and interesting conclusion, the author treats the reader to some off-the-beaten-path conclusions, all of which are unforeseen or even telegraphed. The surprises may not be earth-shaking, but certainly make for entertaining reading. Recommended....Continua