“Far Gone” was published in 2014 and is the latest book by author Laura Griffin (http://www.lauragriffin.com). This book is available on Amazon. Ms. Griffin has published over a dozen books.
Andrea Finch is a young detective with the Austin, Texas police department. Her career is on hold after the shooting death of a young man. While she is on administrative leave, her younger brother, Gavin, contacts her asking for help. Gavin is evasive as to why he needs money, causing Andrea to travel to west Texas to investigate what he is involved in.
Jon North is an FBI agent investigating a man, Shay Hardin, who he thinks is responsible for domestic terrorism. Hardin has a large ranch in west Texas, which is where Gavin Finch is living.
As Jon and Andrea continue their investigations they cross paths. Jon wants Andrea to help him get Gavin to provide information as to what is going on at the ranch. Meanwhile Andrea is torn between her oath to uphold the law, and her concern for protecting her little brother. Adding to this conflict is a spark of romance between them.
I think that this book was well written and I related well with the characters. It was a good thriller/mystery, that has the added appeal of being set partially in central Texas where I live. I do recommend (give it a 4 out of 5) this book.
“The Burning” published in 2010 was written by Jane Casey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Casey). This is her second novel. The story is of a young Detective Constable of the Metropolitan London Police, Maeve Kerrigan.
She is working on a task force put together to find the Burning Man, a serial killer who has brutally killed four young women, then set their bodies on fire. She is called to the scene of a potential fifth victim, but she is not convinced that it is the work of their serial killer.
Maeve begins to look into the life of the victim in an effort to determine if the young woman, Rebecca, was killed by the Burning Man or a copy cat. As she digs deeper, she finds a connection between Rebecca and the death of an Oxford college classmate. In addition to the long hours spent on the case, she is troubled with a deteriorating relationship with the man she is living with, Ian.
As the story progresses Maeve is hospitalized by an encounter with the serial killer. Her relationship with Ian ends as well. Maeve continues to pursue the truth about Rebecca. The story ends with the serial killer behind bars and the full story of how and why Rebecca was killed.
I found the story to be well written and a good mystery. I recommend this novel.