Open Season by Maryann Miller
Posted by brriske
Amid racial tensions and the deadly force controversy sweeping the city of Dallas Homicide detectives Sarah Kingsly and Angel Johnson are unlikely and unwilling partners. They both see the pairing as better PR than policy.
Their first case dubbed the Mall Murders begins with the death of a maintenance worker at one of the Metroplex shopping malls. A security guard is then killed at another mall. The final murder victim is a young window dresser whose body is left like a mannequin behind the glass of an exclusive boutique at the Galleria Mall.
Detective Sarah Kingsly of the Crimes Aganst Persons division in Dalas Texas recently lost her partner in an undercover gone bad and she was forced to shoot a 14 year old boy. Now she’s under investigation for the shooting plus for the fact she’s a white cop involved in killing a black teen.
Detective Angel Johnson is new to the detective bureau. She wonders if her promotion was because of her brains and hard work or because she’s a black woman. Even more questions pop up for Angel when she’s partnered with Sarah. Is she partnered with Sarah because she needs a partner or is it political or to please the media and public? Did she really need to shoot that boy or is she racist?
Sarah has everyone breathing down her neck about the shooting, especially the African – American community led by the righteous Reverend Billie Norton calling for her to be fired and prosecuted. The only one sticking up for her is her Lieutenant, he’s doing all he can to defent her. Angel has her own problems outside of work, her mom is in the hospital, hit by a drunk driver and her dad thinks she’s a traitor for allowing herself to be partnered with a white cop. Now on top of all of this they’re thrown into an investigation into murders beng committed in malls. It’s kind of hard to solve a crime with someone who doesn’t want to be your partner. Sarah and Angel both have issues with each other but can they put them a side to solve this case?
This is a fast paced thriller that also touches on the relationship between race, politics and the police. I love the fact that the two main characters are strong women who know their own minds. The fact that they’re different races only added to the tension between them, and both of them being strong and stubborn didn’t help ease them into being partners. Neither wanted to give an inch so it was a battle of wills while trying to do their job. The way the author touched on race relations was done with respect and dignity and was written so well I actually started to dislike both their attitudes toward each other.
If you’re into thrillers with strong female leads then don’t hesitate to grab this one right now, it’s definitely worth it. I plan to read the next book with Sarah and Angel, they make one hell of a team.
Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock. 5 thrilling hearts.