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SNARE, nominated for The Hillerman Sky Award is Deborah’s second book released by Second Wind Publishing. The classical music themed STACCATO is book one of her Deputy Steven Hawk/Inola Walela thriller series. She is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and the author of numerous award-winning short stories. Deborah spent her summers growing up in the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina which is the setting for her suspense thriller novels and many of her short stories. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers Association (ITW), Mystery Writers of America (SoCal), Treasurer of Desert Sleuths Chapter Sisters in Crime ( SinC AZ ), Sisters in Crime (SinC LA), Moderator of the Scottsdale Arizona Writers Critique Group.
on May 09, 2013 :
CRESCENDO was quite a find for me. As a North Carolina resident, I always enjoy novels set in the state. The third in a series featuring Inola Walela, half Cherokee officer of The Bryson City Police Department, and Steven Hawk, sheriff of the county and her boy friend. Set in the Great Smokies, Inola and her rookie partner make a stop when they spot a blond haired woman acting frantically pass them by.
A huge man comes out of the driver's seat and her partner takes him back to their unit while she checks on the woman. She seems dazed, possibly drugged, as she piles out of the car muttering about her son and carrying a bag full of cash. When the driver starts up, Inola gets distracted, especially after a shot is fired and puts one into the driver. The woman wanders out into traffic and is hit by a car, dying instantly.
In just a couple of minutes, two are dead, her partner may be dying, and Inola is under suspicion of actually hitting her partner. She didn't remember, but two shots had been fired from her gun and she's worried she might be the one who'd hit her partner.
On administrative leave while the investigation is on, no one believes there is a missing child. Inola can't leave it alone though and keeps sticking herself into the investigation, trying to find the child and wanting to know if her bullet was the one that hit her partner.
Author Deborah J. Ledford keeps the suspense ramped up as the case moves along and some disturbing things come to light. I liked this one and definitely need to get the first two.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)