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DEGREES OF SEPARATION: BOOK 1 OF THE FALCON'S BEND SERIES
KAREN WIESNER AND CHRIS SPINDLER
ISBN#: 978-1-934041-88-8
February 2009
Swimming Kangaroo Books
http://www.swimmingkangaroo.com/
Trade Paperback/E-book
$14.99/$4.99
319 Pages
Mystery/Police Procedural
Rating: 4 Cups

Melody is trapped and has been all her life, first by an overprotective and controlling father and now by an evil man who is obsessed with her and her innocence. She also has been having frightening blackouts and is unable to remember where she was or what she has done during them.

Danny is a detective in the Falcon’s Bend Police Department and a bit of a playboy. The product of a happy childhood, he has always wanted a wife and family, but not yet.

When one of the dancers from the town’s strip club is found dead at a local park, the Falcon’s Bend PD has one of its most bizarre cases. The owner claims to be happily married and that all of his dancers are at least twenty-one but Danny and Pete have a hunch that there is a lot more to this case than meets the eye.

From the ominous beginning to the surprising climax, this is one story that had me hooked and unable to stop reading. The characters are vividly drawn and the plot is a suspenseful page turner. The subject matter can be a bit disturbing, but most of the violence is off scenes and just mentioned. Andre’s Pied Piper-like personality is the downfall of many and I loved the FBPD’s intense investigation which is very well done. The author does a wonderful job of describing the hold Andre has over his little harem and why they stay despite it all. The budding romance between Melody and Danny is intense and fraught with conflict due to Melody’s fears and lack of trust with Pete’s stable relationship with the very patient Lisa as a counterpoint.

Warning: The subject matter involves underage girls lured into a life of stripping and prostitution. There is mention of rape and child abuse, but actual actions are off scene.

Maura
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More

 

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