Two murders have rocked the city of Houston. Are they the work of a serial killer, or is a copycat trying to get away with murder?
That is the question facing Special Agent Bethany Sanchez, who is eager for her new assignment in violent crimes but anxious about meeting her new partner. Special Agent Thatcher Graves once arrested her brother, and he has a reputation for being a maverick. Plus, their investigative styles couldn’t be more opposite: he operates on instinct, while she goes by the book.
When hot leads soon fizzle out, their differences threaten to leave them deadlocked. But an attempt on their lives turns up the heat and brings them closer together, and a third victim might yield the clue that will help them zero in on a killer. This could be the case of their careers . . . if they can survive long enough to solve it.
DiAnn Mills takes her readers back to Texas for the third in her FBI: Houston series. New Christian Thatcher Graves is given a new partner from the FBI’s Civil Rights division. Bethany Sanchez may have received the same Quantico training but it’s been a long time since she faced the danger he sees on a regular basis. She works with logic and the facts; he often goes by his gut. They also have very different backgrounds. They can bounce ideas off each other, but can also rub each other totally the wrong way. It doesn’t take long for Thatcher to decide they “could either be a force to be reckoned with, if we don’t kill each other first.” Despite their differences they are determined to bring down the killer they come to call Scorpion.
Deadlock is primarily about a murder but other subjects also play a part. Domestic abuse features heavily: one of the victims was regularly abused by her husband and her daughters are still mistreated by their father, and Bethany volunteers at a shelter. One of her fellow volunteers has mental health issues. Thatcher is trying to not get too close to his partner, and is also attempting to reconcile his new life with his old one. Out of work problems could interfere with the case if they’re not careful, and there are plenty of twists, turns and false leads to potentially overwhelm them. Deadlock is a fast-paced book I couldn’t put down. By the end I was almost as exhausted as they were and they solved the case before I did!
Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for my complimentary copy of Deadlock, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date: 17 September 2015
Page Count: 416