William Morrow, 2005 (2005)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
The Kill Clause
in a gripping series centered on U.S. Marshall (and ex-Army Ranger) Tim Rackley and his tough Deputy wife Dray. Their small daughter was murdered, and Tim fired in the first episode. He took on a cult for a group of vigilantes, and was reinstated in the second.
ow, Andrea is pregnant again, and they're both involved after colleagues of Tim's are killed in the dramatic escape of
, who do the conglomerate's dirty work. Tim, nicknamed
at City Hall, is put in charge of a task force to bring in the bad guys. The bikers, involved in drugs and weapons smuggling, are attempting to win a monopoly on meth by taking out the rival
gang. Tim figures '
Something big's in the works
' to warrant the nomads' break from custody, but what is it?
here's a slaughter of
and escalating public fear. Then, Dray is shot attempting an arrest, and Tim wonders why she didn't back off. Even as she lies in a coma, he argues with her in his head and usually takes her advice. The puzzles stack up. Why was a Mexican girl taken by the gang? Why is a
Sinner murdered? What's the observing FBI agent's agenda? The plot mix explodes into a conflagration of drugs, terrorists and greed. And, as always in a Hurwitz thriller, the action is unrelenting with regular near misses and hits to the good guys.
s the villains are taken away, Rackley ponders '
how disappointingly undersize monsters were in ordinary light.
' Gregg Hurwitz delivers another sure winner in
. So far, he's developed three tough topics - a lawman's reaction to his child's death, the infiltration of a cult, and now the violent world of biker gangs. I can't imagine where he'll take Tim Rackley next, but I'll be lining up to read the book.
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