If you’re looking for a book to cozy up to in the dark, this is one novel I heartily recommend. Ms. Sellers once again does an excellent job of creating such enticing chaos that readers will remember this novel for a long time to come. This novel has a little bit everything, but mostly it’s got a whale of a tale with realistic attitudes.
Detective Jackson is back at his job (his ex-wife died recently and he took personal leave for their daughter’s sake) trying to solve the mystery of a dead body in a storage facility. That’s when Jackson discovered a community of homeless people living in their storage units. So while the police are busy trying to solve this murder, a firebomb explosion (they suspect it’s from the Love the Earth group), and then there’s Detective Jackson’s daughter, Kate.
Kate has had a rough time with her mom dead and having to live with her dad. But now that her dad’s busy working on destruction of property and a couple of murders, Kate is taking her anger and depression out by public intoxication and creating a nuisance. Detective Jackson is working on this issue, but there is only so much an officer of the law can do before turning her over to the courts to give her the help she does need.
There are serious issues in this book, and Ms. Seller’s talent to illustrate these issues makes for a suspenseful novel. I really enjoy this series for the realistic situations as much as the mysteries Ms. Seller provides. In this series there are several other Detective Jackson tales, and she has written a couple other novels. So read up, as this is one novel you won’t want to set down once you’ve started.
Fresh off the leave-of-absence he took following his ex-wife's tragic death, Detective Wade Jackson's life is in upheaval. He struggles to keep his grief-stricken, out-of-control daughter, Katie, from succumbing to the same alcoholism demon as her mother, while trying to reinvigorate a passion for his work. When a body is found in a local storage unit, Jackson hopes a simple open-and-shut homicide case will help him get back on track. But when the victim is identified as ex-con Craig Cooper—a former meth addict who did time for bank robbery, the spoils of which were never recovered—it becomes quickly apparent that the case will be challenging.
The same night Cooper is murdered, a firebomb goes off in a bottled water factory on the other side of town. The prime suspects are from an organization called Love the Earth—eco-terrorists believed to be modeling themselves after the infamous Earth Liberation Front. Fears that new group is plotting another attack bring agents from the ATF and FBI to town, among them Jamie Dallas, an undercover agent with a wild streak, and Carla River, an FBI agent with a complicated past. When Jackson discovers a shocking link between the murder case and the bombing, they will have to work together to solve both crimes before they blow up in their faces.