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Dating Death
by Randy Rawls
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White Bird, 2016 (2016)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Roger Adamson is a politician who likes the sound of his own voice. Apparently, not all his constituents feel the same way. While appearing in public for the opening of a new store, he is shot to death by a single bullet. Another bullet meant for his glamorous companion misses. She is South Florida PI Beth Bowman and was with Adamson to protect him!

He was to testify to dirty dealings by local politicians. Having a large ego, he insisted on appearing where his followers could see and hear him. The police expected that no one would kill him in public. Wrong call. They needed him to testify to put the bad guys away. Now it's back to the drawing board to find another snitch. And in investigating the man's sudden death, Bowman discovers things that could make her next on someone's hit list.

I liked the plot of this mystery, Dating Death by Randy Rawls. A new slant on crime. It definitely worked. I also enjoyed the characters. Since crime is rampant in the political world, we need the good guys to find and incarcerate the baddies. However, the old adage, Show, Don't Tell, was not followed here.

To give the author his due, the dialogue was great. Easily followed and seemed true to each character. It got the story across. But I found it hard to identify with the novel. Rawls used very few descriptive passages. A book comes alive with the background material that is so essential to draw the reader in. Dating Death is Rawls' third novel.

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