Monday, January 10, 2011

Review: LEAST WANTED by Debbi Mack

Last year I read and loved Debbi Mack's hardboiled mystery, Identity Crisis. Least Wanted is the second Sam McRae mystery by Mack and proves that her first time at writing a well-oiled, compelling novel wasn't a fluke. Mack knows how to write. Her style, while unique, reminds me a bit of early Sue Grafton, but with a much sharper edge.

Feisty Maryland lawyer Sam McRae is juggling several cases at one time, but when an embezzlement case in a video game development company seems to be connected to a murder case where her teenage client is the suspect, she starts asking questions that people don't want her to ask and that proves dangerous for Sam and her friends.

Make no mistake - I am now a fan of Debbi Mack and the Sam McRae series. The snappy dialogue, McRae's wry sense of humor, the intricate yet solid plot that kept me turning the pages, and characters that I cared about right up to the end - this book has it all. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.



Maryland lawyer Stephanie Ann "Sam" McRae has two tough cases that quickly turn worse, when both clients—a poor black girl and a white, middle-class man—are accused of murder. Sam's inquiries into the cases lead her to Washington, DC's suburban ghettos where she discovers an odd link between them: the seamy world of girl gangs and computer pornography.

The stakes rise considerably as more people die at the hands of a maniacal killer who'll do anything to keep Sam from learning the truth. Sam races to clear her clients before she becomes the next victim.

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