LAPD Detective Kara Quinn has returned to her hometown of Liberty Lake, Washington while on leave following a tough undercover assignment. She discovers a dead body while out for her morning jog and contacts the local police, instructing them to reach out to the state law enforcement for assistance. They recognize that the crime scene fits one described in a recent FBI communiqué and invite them to assist. FBI Special Agent in Charge Mathias (Matt) Costa and his Mobile Response Team (MRT) are dispatched and assume control of the case as they recognize that the Triple Killer is back. Matt also quickly realizes that his witness is no ordinary one, has skills that already have given them a leg up and invites Kara to work with the team as he hasn’t finished staffing his newly formed unit.
I didn’t know what to expect when I began this new series but was thrilled when it became clear it was all about police procedurals with strong character dynamics in the background. Kara is unique in that she’s spent most of her career undercover, which means she’s highly skilled but a bit of a loner. Matt is all business, consumed by what he does with very little time for a personal life. While they had a prickly start professionally because of their natural tendency to mistrust, Kara and Matt quickly realize they think alike and work well together, on both levels.
The case was fascinating as the killer’s point of view is provided, offering a contrast of the realities of the crimes to the progress of the investigation. I listened to the story and, at first, the narrator’s style and rapid pace felt troublesome until I realized it was tailored to that of the story. After a bit, she felt perfect, delivering the procedurals in a way that moved the story at the breakneck speed of how the case flowed. It all happened over a few days and a lot was going on. I had a tough time finding stopping points as the killer was dangerous and ahead of the team. This is a great start to what will be an intriguing series going forward.
- Release Date: February 4, 2020
- Series: Quinn & Costa #1
- Narrator: Suzanne T. Fortin
- Audio Length: 11 hours, 52 minutes
- Publisher: Harlequin Audio