Audiobook, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Dead Heat by Allison Brennan @Allison_Brennan @MacmillanAudio

Dead Heat
Newly installed FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid is assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit in San Antonio, Texas. Her boyfriend, private investigator Sean Rogan, has joined her and is working consulting assignments from the new home he purchased for them. Lucy is also part of a task force called Operation Heatwave where she and other agents with a variety of experience levels and from multiple agencies are rounding up violent criminals who have jumped bail. When she and her teammates try to arrest the Sanchez brothers, two notorious drug dealers hiding out at their sister’s home, they discover a human trafficking operation with an insidious twist.

This was no ordinary human trafficking operation and the team struggled to make sense of the dynamics. Around every bend in the investigation was new fresh hell and it was also clear that there was someone helping them from inside law enforcement. Lucy acclimated to her new environment extremely well, even to a fault. Her propensity to go her own way despite her past issues within the bureau resurfaces again, which of course has repercussions. Some of her decisions, while understandable, were curious and not necessarily wise. It was a complicated case that had lots of tentacles and extreme danger. I kept up but it wasn’t easy.

I enjoyed the story, even when Lucy steps over the lines (yes, more than once). I kept following the host of red herrings and was unsure up to the end about who I could and couldn’t trust. Even Sean inserts himself in the case, which went beyond the Texas border into Mexico. Be forewarned that the level of brutality can be graphic at times but it’s true to the situations. The narration was again exceptional, especially given the character diversity and large number requiring distinction. I’m liking the change of venue from Washington DC & Quantico and am anxious to see what’s next for Agent Kincaid and Sean Rogan.

Book Info

  • Release Date: June 3, 2014
  • Series: Lucy Kincaid #8
  • Narrator: Kate Udall
  • Audio Length: 12 hours, 31 minutes
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio



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21 thoughts on “Dead Heat by Allison Brennan @Allison_Brennan @MacmillanAudio”

  1. I love the author and the series but have only read more recent installments. You make me want to pick up the later books. I definitely will have to keep them in mind. Wonderful review!

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  2. Great review Jo. Allison Brennan is very skilled at writing complex plots. I still have not started this series, but my library has them, no all on audio though.


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