Six months ago FBI agent Dr. Kate Hayden arrested Charles Richardson in a case dubbed “The Samaritan Killer” whose victim’s cars were tampered with at gas stations along Interstate 35 so that the car would have to stop on the interstate. The killer would then stop to “help” and when the women lowered their windows, they would be shot in the heart. Now, with Richardson in jail, it has happened again and the killer sent a text to a cell phone that he left in the car with the message “Dr. Kate Hayden, you did not catch me.”
Theo Mazur, a detective with 18 years experience on the police force in Chicago, but a recent transplant to San Antonio is the detective who gets the case. He immediately calls Dr. Hayden to consult and work the case with him. Dr. Hayden is at the end of another case and she really wants to be there to arrest the killer but her boss sends her to work the copycat case to make sure Richardson is the actual Samaritan killer and that he did not have an accomplice.
Reading the book in 3rd person for everyone except for the killer, who is in 1st person, it is strongly suggested that this killer and Dr. Hayden share some kind of history, for which the killer wants justice or perhaps revenge. Hayden, who lived in San Antonio growing up is clearly unaware initially of any connection. The assumption is that the killer got her name from the press during the Richardson case.
With no new leads coming in, Kate is getting ready to head back to her previous case when another body is found mimicking yet another of Kate’s former cases. Now knowing this is personal, Kate realizes she must catch this killer because he will certainly strike again and next time, she may be the victim.
This book pulled me in quite quickly, especially when Agent Hayden came on board. She is very intelligent and very emotionally damaged from witnessing the ruthless murder of her father as a teenager. Detective Mazur can certainly hold his own in the intelligence department and has emotional baggage of his own, but his devotion to his daughter and his work ethic make him a very endearing character.
While there was one issue that was not fully resolved, it did not have any impact on the story and didn’t really lend anything to the plot and the book left a bit of room for a sequel, it isn’t a given, but if there is another book, this may play out further. Just have to wait and see.
So as crime novels go this one is pretty good and I do hope there are follow-up books with Hayden and Mazur. They are so easy to like and too good at their jobs not to catch more monsters. Also, throw in a little romance and the story gets even better.
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Kindle: 2746KB (Kindle Unlimited)
- Audiobook: 9 hours and 50 minutes Narrated by Teri Schnaubelt
- Publisher: Montlake Romance (September 19, 2017)
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