The first day of summer is the last day of a young accountant’s life. Colin McHenry is out for his regular run when an SUV crosses into his path, crushing him. Within hours of the hit-skip, Cleveland Homicide Detective Jesus De La Cruz finds the vehicle in the owner’s garage, who’s on vacation three time zones away. The setup is obvious, but not the hand behind it. The suspects read like a list out of a textbook: the jilted fiancée, the jealous coworker, the overlooked subordinate, the dirty client.
His plate already full, Cruz is assigned to a “special project,” a case needing to be solved quickly and quietly. Cleveland Water technicians are the targets of focused attacks. The crimes range from intimidation to assault. The locations swing between the east, west, and south sides of the city. This is definitely madness, but there is a method behind it.
The two cases are different and yet the same. Motives, opportunities, and alibis don’t point in a single direction. In these mysteries, Cruz has to think laterally, yanking down the curtain to expose the master minding the strings.
I loved so much about this book! I loved that it was fast-paced, edgy, and full of mystery. I thought the characters were truly realistic and so likable. So many real-world experiences take place in this book, which lends to its relatability. A page-turner and exciting read, this book kept me piqued until the end. This is the third in a series and I really hate I didn’t start at number 1, but as good as this one was, I will definitely be going back and catching up!
Published by: Down & Out Books
Publication Date: February 14, 2022
Number of Pages: 294
Series: The De La Cruz Case Files, 3rd in series
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Down & Out Books
TG Wolff writes thrillers and mysteries that play within the gray area between good and bad, right and wrong. Cause and effect drive the stories, drawing from 20+ years’ experience in Civil Engineering, where “cause” is more often a symptom of a bigger, more challenging problem. Diverse characters mirror the complexities of real life and real people, balanced with a healthy dose of entertainment. TG Wolff holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering and is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.
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Thank you for the thoughtful review. I am glad you enjoyed your time with Cruz and his family. I can see me writing this series well into the future because I have fun spending my time with them. TG
Great review! Sounds like a very good read. 🙂