Loretta Kovacs is at the bottom of the law enforcement food chain, tracking down parole violators. On the trail of a money laundering grifter, she winds up at a Florida fat farm where the Internal Revenue Service and a mob enforcer join her in the hunt. With a plot that twists and crackles with surprising energy, Anthony Bruno turns this overworked material into a wonderfully dark comic thriller. Here's a writer to watch.
Once an assistant prison warden, Loretta Kovacs is two degrees of stress away from burnout. With her career virtually destroyed after she was held hostage by rioting prisoners, she's starting over with the New Jersey "Jump Unit." She and her partner, veteran Frank Marvelli, nab parole jumpers. Their first assignment is Martha Lee Spooner, an embezzler who stole from a gang of biker drug dealers while she was ostensibly laundering their ill-gotten gains. By the time Kovacs and Marvelli track Spooner to Florida, the bikers are there, too. The IRS also wants a piece of Spooner, leaving Loretta and Frank wedged between two competitors, one wanting to give Spooner freedom in exchange for information, the other eager to kill her. Taking a break here from his Blood series featuring NYPD detectives Gibbons and Tozzi, the always-entertaining Bruno introduces another mismatched but devoted pair dedicated to bringing the bad guys to justice. Packed with humor, great dialogue, and real people on both sides of the law, this looks like a winner. Wes Lukowsky