A young woman who worked for a powerful DC lobbying firm is found murdered in Rock Creek Park. What gets the attention of the FBI is her recent scandal involving an affair with a US congressman. FBI Agent Noah Armstrong decides to include FBI Analyst Lucy Kincaid in the initial investigation because it appears that the crime plays to her skills. However, as they explore the case, they unearth a connection to a small prostitution ring where the girls are being murdered one by one. What first looked like one unfortunate death related to a sex scandal involving a politician now seems to have tentacles involving so much more.
Be forewarned that this story is difficult to follow because it begins with so many angles that aren’t fully explained, includes a LOT of characters, some who use pseudonyms and the angles are difficult to connect initially. I had a hard time keeping up at first but all of it was extremely intriguing. What made it work for me was to stop trying to solve the mystery and to just enjoy the journey. Each encounter was dramatic and revealing, especially when some characters from the past reemerge and offer clarity about some old, troubling issues.
I continue listening to this series and this time there’s a new narrator who I really liked. Her tone seemed perfect for the story and she nailed the primary characters. There are some tough topics tackled…rape, incest and teenage prostitution…and they’re not glossed over. Even though it was difficult at times to keep up with the characters, the story was very compelling. Lucy certainly has some challenges ahead of her as she continues to try to begin at the academy. Stay tuned as I’m certainly addicted to this series.
- Release Date: August 21, 2012
- Series: Lucy Kincaid #4
- Narrator: Kate Udall
- Audio Length: 12 hours, 3 minutes
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio