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Hoss’s exciting, descriptive, fast-paced style works for me.
In this first book of his intriguing series, Detective Storm is investigating a murder involving a drug lord when she’s surprised to find a link to her father’s murder that happened twenty years before. Suddenly, their Washington Heights neighborhood turns menacing for her and partner Bill Hayes.
Where does this investigation lead them? What do they find in Manhattan? What happens to a witness? What leads the detectives to search in an even more dangerous place? Why does the DEA step in and force Storm off the case? What happens to Hayes?
Being thrown off the case doesn’t stop the assertive and aggressive Storm who works behind the scenes to solve it. Why is she determined to break all the rules to see justice done? And what happens--when she pulls her father’s old case files--that leads her closer to the truth?
I couldn’t put this suspenseful page-turner down as danger pops out of every corner, every alley to keep Storm hopping. How does she manage to stay a step ahead of all the villains… and the other detectives?
What kind of storms does our main character cause to rise all over New York City, as the author states in the his Amazon description? "And who can squelch Storm’s storms?" you might ask.
Well, Kenneth Hoss, the author, answers all these questions as he expertly wields his computer mouse to lead us to a satisfactory conclusion for his aptly-named lead character.
I highly recommend this well-written, well-plotted, well-paced and intriguing book. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. In fact, the other three are on my list of must-reads in this new year of 2016. Congrats, Kenneth Hoss…
Reviewed by Betty Dravis, January 2, 2016
Author of “Six-Pack of Fear” (co-author Barbara Watkins)
I really wanted to like this novel more. I love stories with strong female leads. This was supposed to be a police procedural, but it comes off like Dirty Harry. Remember Inspector Callahan? That series was intended as a police procedural also, but it was purely a men’s action series instead. Harry was always in trouble with his boss; he often took the law into his own hands, breaking down doors without warrants, shooting it out with the bad guys, and usually suspended for something he did, yet continued investigating the case on his private time. Kelli Storm is very similar. Remember, she is after Carlos Rodriquez for questioning. The police believe he is involved in drug distribution, and possibly several murders, but have no evidence and can’t prove it. Detective Storm would like to “talk” to Carlos. A stoolie reports seeing him enter an apartment building, and his Escalade is parked nearby, so that’s enough for Kelli and her partner to call in reinforcements (this happens at least twice early in the story). They bust into the building, kick doors down, and end in a shoot out. She even kills Rodriquez’s girlfriend during one invasion. Carlos has slipped out someway. No judge in his right mind would issue this woman a search warrant. They even find one man with dope and arrest him. Does illegal search and seizure sound familiar? How long will that arrest stick? Now I did believe Kelli was tough (for awhile). I mean she acts it with her partner and back up, but when two thugs break into her house, and she has a weapon in hand, instead of blowing the creeps away like Dirty Harry would do, she hides from them. No, Kelli Storm doesn’t come across as a police procedural for sure, and she also fails as Dirty Harry. Overall, this isn’t too bad, I recently read one mystery where a Wyoming sheriff drives his official car to North Dakota where he places a ND police chief under arrest, and deputizes local citizens to hold weapons on other citizens. The Wyoming sheriff would need a federal warrant just to pick up a prisoner already in ND custody. His jurisdiction ended in Wyoming, so we are getting some strange police procedural books today. I did like the author’s writing on Storm Rising, and the characters were well thought out. Kelli Storm would work a lot better if the author threw away the badge and made her a private detective. As a female lead I think she would work better that way. Still, a good read, and if you like female leads, I think you will like Kelli Storm. Give it a try.
This is the first in a series and is a page-turner, breath-taker from start to finish. It's gritty and smart and has well rounded, engaging characters. This is definitely a series to watch!
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