In college, Griffin McCray and his three best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore Police Department, Declan Grey would head to the FBI, and Parker Mitchell would study to become a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world–and friendships–crumbled.
Now years later, Griffin has left the police and his friendships behind. Still trying to forget a case that went bad when he was a SWAT team sniper, he’s living a quiet life as a park ranger at Gettysburg. Quiet until skeletal remains are uncovered near Little Round Top–and they aren’t Civil War-era.
Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott discovers evidence pointing to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Grey steps in to take over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he’ll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he–and those he cares about–are going to escape a downward spiral of crime, danger, and murder.
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Dani Pettrey is an author whose books I’ve often seen but never read. This is her sixth book and the start of a new series, Chesapeake Valor. I was drawn to this book not only because I’d seen the previous books but also because of the Gettysburg mention. Although the body is found on the battlefield however, most of the action takes place closer to Baltimore. I lived and worked in the Charm City for a year shortly after coming to the USA and, although much of the area has changed since then, it was a delight to recognize a couple of local landmarks in Pettrey’s narrative.
Cold Shot is an ensemble piece even though Griffin and Finley are the designated lead characters. The men have clearly known each other for years while the women are new to the group and each other. I was a little confused at the beginning: the way the narrative was written made me wonder if a couple of the characters had been introduced in earlier books. As the book went on, the backstories were fully revealed and the hints from the early pages fleshed out.
Two narrative elements stand out. First, there is a massive plot twist that changes everything and shows that wouldn’t have been revealed except for due diligence on the part of the group investigating the murder. Secondly, there’s a cliffhanger regarding the missing friend. I suspect that won’t be fully resolved until the final book in this series.
So yes, this was my first Dani Pettrey book and, after reading it, I’ve a feeling it won’t be my last. If you like romantic suspense but you’ve not read one of her books before, I definitely recommend Cold Shot.
Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary Advance Review Copy of Cold Shot, which I downloaded from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 02 February 2016
Page Count: 336