At Close Range Book Review *Laura Griffin*
When a lakeside tryst ends in a double murder, police detective Daniele Harper arrives on the scene determined to get answers. Clues are everywhere, but nothing adds up. Dani turns to the Delphi Center crime lab for help, but soon regrets it when her secret attraction to their chief firearms examiner threatens to distract her from the most important case of her career.
As a ballistics expert and former Navy SEAL, Scott Black knows firearms, and he knows he can help Dani unravel her case. Scott has managed to hide his interest in his best friend’s younger sister for years, but when her investigation brings them together, the sparks between them quickly get out of control. Scott resolves to keep his hands off Dani and his eyes on the goal—identifying a killer. But when that killer zeroes in on Dani, all bets are off. There isn’t a line Scott won’t cross to convince Dani to trust him so that he can help her take down a ruthless murderer who has her in his sights
At Close Range by Laura Griffin is a great thriller/police procedural that will keep you on the edge of your seat. There’s murder, criminals running afoot, and a great romance that you’ll love, especially because the main couple are equals in every way, although the hero is very protective of the heroine. There are many twists and turns here that will excite readers, and when you find out the why’s and how’s of the case, and those responsible for the killings, it’s a doozy.
Daniele is a detective who is still trying to find her footing in the police department she works for. She is given great responsibility, and takes charge of her cases, which gives her some anxiety. But she has a supportive group, such as her brother and her co-workers. The latest case she’s investigating involves a man and woman shot at close range at a lake. It appears they were have a late night tryst and were interrupted by the shooter, who has targeted them for reasons still unknown. The deceased male is a married scientist, and his lover is a younger woman he works with. Daniele believes there’s more to this case than an angry wife who has hired a hitman to take out her faithless husband and his side piece.
Also helping with the investigation is Scott Black, former Navy Seal and a longtime friend of Daniele’s brother. Daniele once had a crush on Scott, which has morphed into a adult attraction. Scott keeps his distance from Daniele because he can’t give her what she wants. But then when other bodies start lining up, and Scott is implicated in their deaths, Daniele must find out who is framing Scott and why? As she gets closer to the truth, she becomes a target. Scott refuses to let her walk into danger, and even though it may cost him his job, he’ll help her figure out who wants to take him down, including solving a puzzle that not only involves murder, but the cloning of human beings.
At Close Range is a tight romantic thriller with some shocks, especially in regards to an evil rich man type who wants to clone people for his own devious reasons. Daniele is a strong and intelligent heroine who longs for respect from her peers, which she already has. She has a bit of a self esteem issue when it comes to her job. But Scott is there to help her find her footing. They also end up in a steamy relationship with fast and furious sex. Can we say hot le hot? Laura Griffin really knows how to write love scenes, as well as a great crime story with bad guys, shoot outs and an ending that may make your jaw drop because it’s so unbelievable.
Fan of romantic suspense featuring cops and bad guys, including a great heroine and hero must check this book out. Your heart will race until the final page. (Pocket Books)
Final Grade: B+
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