Saturday, November 23, 2013
Exit Wounds by VK Powell
Reviewer: Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books, August 2013)
When police officer Loanne Landry was assigned to be the department contact for Abigail Mancuso, an undercover federal informant, she had no idea that the two would fall in love. Nor could Loanne have known that, after Abby went missing following an explosion at the suspect’s home, she would risk her career and her life, to try to find the woman that everyone else assumed had been killed without a trace. The path to reconciliation leads her to hang out in a strip club owned by organized crime, possibly as a front for a gun-running operation, and to take advice from a sarcastic, street-smart young woman who may also have a vested interest in bringing the criminals to justice.
The author provides a book that has it all: a decent crime mystery (with an in-depth plot that includes a portrait of a crime syndicate, as well as jealousy, lack of cooperation and at least one dangerous leak between various agencies), as well as a emotional lesbian romance with significant erotic content. Definitely one of the better stories in the genre I have ever read. Five stars out of five.