L&L Dreamspell, 2011, 266 Pages
ISBN No. 978-1-60318-375-8
Reviewed by Patricia E. Reid
Currently Tom Jeffries is a private investigator. Jeffries is an ex-Special Forces operative and an ex-Dallas police officer. Jeffries is also on retainer with an elite Florida law firm. Jeffries has a habit of leaving his business card in various places. He has a note on the back “If I can help, call me.” and he signs the card. The police found a body of a girl and Jeffries is contacted to identify the body. Jeffries is called because one of his business cards is clutched in the hand of the victim. While at the morgue Jeffries states that he can’t identify the body and does not reveal that he knows the identity of the victim.
Jeffries’ best friend Charlie Rogers has been in contact with him regarding the disappearance of his stepdaughter 17-year old Mary Lou Smithson. Now Jeffries must make a call to Charlie to tell him the girl’s body is at the morgue. Several weeks ago, Jeffries had given Lonnie, Mary Lou’s Mother, some of his cards. Lonnie was concerned about her daughter, Mary Lou, who had taken a part time job at a supermarket chain. Since Mary Lou had been working, she had been breaking rules and Lonnie could not seem to halt the rebellion and then she disappeared.
One clue on the body is a tattoo of a rose. The tattoo is a connection to a gang operating in the area. Jeffries vows to seek revenge for
Mary Lou and so begins an exciting chase but the police do not appreciate his involvement in the case. The law firm that Jeffries works for is afraid his vendetta will create bad publicity for the firm. Abby Archer, an attorney, is assigned the job of watching over Jeffries and reporting back to the firm. The relationship between the two is interesting to say the least.
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The characters are good, the story is excellent and there is never a dull moment.