Monday, November 16, 2020

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Every Kind of Wicked by Lisa Black


Every Kind of Wicked 

A Gardiner and Renner Novel Book 6

by Lisa Black


In this mesmerizing new novel from bestselling author Lisa Black, the discovery of a young man’s corpse leads forensics expert Maggie Gardiner and Cleveland detective Jack Renner into a dark and dangerous web of lies . . .
 
Life and death have brought Maggie Gardiner full circle, back to the Erie Street Cemetery where she first entered Jack Renner’s orbit. Eight months ago, she learned what Jack would do in the name of justice. More unsettling still, she discovered how far she would go to cover his tracks. Now a young man sprawls atop a snowy grave, his heart shredded by a single wound. A key card in the victim’s wallet leads to the local university’s student housing—and to a grieving girlfriend with an unsettling agenda.
 
Maggie’s struggle to appease her conscience is complicated by her ex-husband, Rick, who’s convinced that Jack is connected to a series of vigilante killings. Also a homicide detective, Rick investigates what seems like a routine overdose on Cleveland’s West Side; but here, too, the appearance belies a deeper truth.
 
Rick’s case and Jack’s merge onto the trail of a shadowy, pill-pushing physician who is everywhere and nowhere at once, while Maggie and Jack uncover a massive financial shakedown hiding in plain sight. And when Rick’s bloody fingerprint is found at another murder scene, Maggie’s world comes undone in a violent, irreversible torrent of events . . .

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Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

Since Every Kind of Wicked is my introduction to Maggie Gardiner and Jack Renner, it's safe to say that I've come late to the party. That said, I didn't have any problem following the story here. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed the fast pace and suspense as well as the interactions between characters. Maggie and Jack have an interesting relationship complete with secrets, and now that I've met them, I'm anxious to check out their other cases and learn more about these engaging characters. I'd heard good things about Lisa Black, and I'm happy to say that the rumors were true - she does not disappoint, and I'm wondering what took me so long. I love the attention to detail, particularly with the forensics and procedures, the suspense and tension build with just the right amount of excitement and action, and it all comes together for a conclusion that certainly surprised me. I'd recommend this one to anyone who enjoys a good mystery, and I'll be checking out the earlier books in this series while waiting to see what this author does next. 

❃❃ARC provided by NetGalley and Kensington Books

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