The Lucy Kincaid series was selected as a group read in one of my Goodreads groups and we decided to read this trilogy first as the character’s early family background begins here. This is the second book in the No Evil Trilogy.
San Diego Deputy District Attorney Julia Chandler is the top lawyer in the DA’s office so when her 16-year old niece, Emily, is found unconscious in the same house where her stepfather’s mutilated body is discovered, she finds herself on the other side of the courtroom. She hires Connor Kincaid to join Emily’s team as their investigator, a controversial act given that the former police detective lost his job because of Julia five years ago. They begin to unravel what appears to be a chilling group of young vigilantes who are applying their own form of justice to seemingly unconnected victims.
Be forewarned that what’s under the rocks unearthed by Julia and Connor is a lot of human depravity. It will challenge your sense of right and wrong because the victims are far from sympathetic. It’s a provocative story that kept me engaged from the first chapter as the crimes were brutal and the perpetrators were unconventional. Piecing together the clues, motives and potential suspects wasn’t always easy as it was like the most challenging jigsaw puzzle. This was a wonderful police procedural in that respect though it was Julia and Connor, along with his brother Dillon, distilling and synthesizing the salient details.
Since Julia and Connor have a history, their relationship already had a foundation, though a contentious one. I liked how it evolved as they had to overcome major issues and confront things from the past that they’d not previously faced. I liked both of them as they are two very strong characters who maintained their identities despite the conflicts. That just made them more interesting (and exciting).
This was a tough story but one where I found it hard to turn away from or put down. It also has a spectacular ending.
- Release Date: February 27, 2007
- Series: No Evil #2
- Page Numbers: 432
- Publisher: Ballantine