“The Unforgivable Fix” was published in 2014 (October) and was written by T. E. Wood (http://www.tewoodswrites.com). This is the third book in the “Justice” series and Ms. Woods third novel. The eBook is available on Amazon.
I obtained this novel for free in advance through https://www.netgalley.com for review. I would rate this novel as ‘R’ as there is Mature Language, Mature Situations and Violence. The novel is written in the third person and is set in and around Seattle, Washington. The primary characters are Mort Grant, Lydia Corriger and Allie Grant.
Mort Grant is a Seattle, Washington Police Detective. He is still dealing with the loss of his wife of many years as well as the unknown condition of his long missing daughter.
Allie Grant is Mort’s daughter. She disappeared years ago, but suddenly has reappeared on the run from her boyfriend and others in the drug business.
Lydia Corriger is a psychologist recovering from a gunshot wound to the head (Happened in the first novel “The Fixer”), who has finally reopened her practice.
Allie is afraid of her boyfriend as well as a Russian who he indirectly attached. She comes home and asks her father for help. Mort works with DEA and FBI to get her immunity in return for information on the drug business of her boyfriend. Mort asks Lydia to provide Allie a safe haven until arrests have been made.
Mort is ecstatic that his long missing daughter has returned home and is willing to do anything to keep her safe. He works with the Feds to capture Allie’s boyfriend, and tries to deal with them to keep her from serving time. Meanwhile, Allie is living with Lydia. Lydia is happy to help Mort, but she finds Allie much harder to accept. Lydia is also struggling with a child abuse case she is working on, as well as the demands of supervising a graduate student on his clinical hours.
The bulk of the story surrounds the efforts to arrest Allie’s boyfriend, the interaction between Allie and Lydia, and Lydia’s pursuit of the child abuse case. As with the other novels in this series, there are two mysteries that are being addressed. I thoroughly enjoyed the nine hours I spent reading this novel. The characters were well developed, you were able to get to know each. The story was engaging, it was relatively fast paced, keeping the reader interested. Though I had guessed at the “mysteries” before they were exposed in the story, I still thought that they were good plot twists. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.
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