“Dead End Fix” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by T. E. Woods (http://tewoodswrites.com/). Ms. Woods has published six novels all in her “Justice” series.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence And Mature Language. Like the others before it, this novel is set Seattle.
The primary characters are a little different this time with Mort Grant Chief of Detectives, Lydia “The Fixer” Corriger the Psychologist, and Kashawn Meadows a homeless teen with dreams of gang membership.
A young black boy is killed and Grant and the other detectives are on the hunt. It is complicated because the shooting is thought to be gang related since the victim is the younger brother of one of the local gang leaders. Meadows sees the shooting, and sees his chance to be accepted into one of the most powerful gang by tearing the gang colors from the body.
Grant’s attention is split between the murder and the concern for one of his granddaughters. She had been kidnapped by his daughter, Allie Grant, at the end of the prior novel. Allie had taken a path of crime and was now head of a Russian mob. She has the wealth to make finding her and niece Hadley very difficult.
Corriger begins her quiet search for Allie and thinks she has tracked them down. The shooting of the young boy starts a gang war leaving multiple victims in Seattle. It becomes a question of whether Grant will have his family together again and will they remain safe. The city of Seattle is on edge, the populace not knowing if and when they may encounter gang violence.
I enjoyed this novel as I have the previous volumes in the series. The 4+ hours spend on this 290 page Mystery Thriller were well spent, though I was surprised a little at the plot. This novel spent a great deal of time with young Meadows and the other gang members. It was certainly connected to Grant’s investigation, but it was a story within the story. The overall story had a good pace to it, keeping me interested throughout. The cover is a little plain, but it is consistent with the others in the series. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.
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