Fatal Flaw

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Fatal Flaw

The Fatal Series, #4

Senator Nick Cappuano and DC Police Lieutenant Sam Holland are back from their wonderful two week honeymoon in Bora Bora. Tomorrow starts their return to their regular routines, except Sam’s back on duty at midnight. She’s hoping that things will stay quiet just a little longer but her luck has run out. Minutes after midnight, she gets a call about a homicide.

Soon Sam is wrapped up in what appears to be a serial murderer but she can’t quite figure out the connection between the victims. That’s not the only issue. Some of the wedding cards Nick and she are receiving have threatening messages. Could there be a connection?

Even their personal lives aren’t quiet. Sam’s father is hospitalized and the doctors aren’t sure if he’ll make it. A cold case that Sam gives a returning detective seems to show that Sam’s father, the cop who originally had the case, didn’t follow up all the leads. And, the young boy who Nick and Sam would like to join their family isn’t sure he wants to leave the home he’s living in.

With things in total chaos, can Sam keep her cases together long enough to find the killer? If she doesn’t, she or someone in her family may be the next to die!

This is the fourth book in the Fatal Series. While each can be read by itself, the story is much richer if you have read all of them. Characters and situations from previous books do show up in this one.

The main characters are fantastic. Sam is so complex that you know she’s really out keeping the streets of DC safe. While her father’s in the hospital, she’s torn between waiting with her sisters and stepmother or working on finding the killer which she knows her father would want her to do. Her love for Nick is obvious but so is her dedication to those she works with. Nick is just as well done. He must try to balance running for the Senate seat he is currently holding against the time he wants to spend with his new wife and the young orphan they have come to care about. He’d love to see Sam off the street but also knows that being a detective is part of who she is.

The secondary characters are just as interesting as the primary ones. From Sam’s partner on the force to Nick’s staff, each is well thought out and an individual in their own right. None are perfect and each has something that they are working through. Issues range from a father reappearing after being gone for years to dating an alcoholic after growing up with one. Real life issues are part of these characters’ lives making them feel just as real as Nick and Sam.

As great as the characters are the situations that are seen throughout the story are just as good or better. Of course, the primary plot is who is this killer and why are these people being murdered. Nothing seems to be connected so reading how the case is evolving is really interesting. One of the subplots is the returning detective. She was raped and has been out of work for a while. Sam wants and needs her help. Can she get back into this tense world or will she fall apart? And, the young boy that Nick and Sam want to include in their family makes for another issue. He likes being with them but does he want to leave everything he has known? There are several more subplots that are equally interesting. Some continue for previous books while others are just beginning.

I’m really enjoying this series. I thought that once Sam and Nick got married that it would start to stagnate but I was so wrong. Things are still hot and heavy between them as well as things haven’t calmed down at all in DC. Each case is different and you can’t help but want to know what happens next. Each book ends with some loose ends though some of the previous loose ends are tied up.

Unless DC’s crime ends, and I don’t see that happening, I suspect that Nick and Sam will be around to keep us entertained for a long time. Personally, I can’t think of anything better.

Book Blurb for Fatal Flaw

Back from their honeymoon, Senator Nick Cappuano and D.C. Police Lieutenant Sam Holland are ready for some normalcy after the whirlwind of their wedding, but someone has other plans for them. When Sam discovers wedding cards containing thinly veiled death threats, she's not sure if she or Nick is the target.

Already on edge, Sam and her team start investigating a series of baffling murders. The victims are well-liked with no known enemies, and the murders are carried out in a clean and efficient manner. Unable to find a clear motive for the deaths, she feels like she's chasing her tail.

With no obvious connection between the victims, Sam soon suspects that she may be the ultimate prize in the killer's clever game. When the danger starts to hit a little too close to home, she has two goals: find the elusive murderer and manage to live long enough to enjoy her happily-ever-after.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2012 4.75