- Author: Tina Whittle
- Hardcover: 250 pages
- Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; First Edition edition (February 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590588177
- ISBN-13: 978-1590588178
From the Author's Website:
Tai Randolph thinks inheriting a Confederate-themed gun shop is her biggest headache --until she finds a murdered corpse in her brother's driveway. Even worse, her supposedly respectable brother begins behaving in decidedly non-innocent ways, like fleeing to the Bahamas and leaving her with both a homicide in her lap and the pointed suspicions of the Atlanta PD directed her way. Suddenly, she has to worry about clearing her own name, not just that of her wayward sibling, and a shop chock-full of firearms doesn’t help matters.
Complicating her search for answers is Trey Seaver, field agent for Phoenix, an exclusive corporate security firm hired to investigate the crime. Trey is fearless, focused, and - much to Tai's dismay - utterly impervious to bribes, threats and clever deceptions. Still in recovery from the car accident that left him cognitively and emotionally damaged, Trey has constructed a world of certainty and routine. He has powerful people to answer to, and the last thing he wants is an unpredictable stranger "detecting" on Phoenix turf.
Tai's inquiry leads her from the cold-eyed glamour of Atlanta's adult entertainment scene to the gilded treachery of Tuxedo Road. Potential suspects abound, including violent stalkers, vengeful sisters, and a paparazzo with a taste for meth. But it takes another murder -- and threats to her own life -- to make Tai realize that to solve this crime, she has to trust the most dangerous man she's ever met.
I was provided an ebook copy by Poisoned Pen Press through Net Galley for this review.
This debut novel that is first in a series is a well written page turner. I found the main characters realistic to a point. The character of Trey who has suffered a head injury in an accident is a little too wooden for me. I had a hard time picturing the characters in my head for some reason. And there were a lot of people and a lot of action. I had it all figured out at the end but found it a little confusing in the middle.
The main character Tai inherited a gun shop which I thought would figure a lot more prominently in the story than it did. I would imagine that it will be more central in future outings. I enjoy learning about the setting of novels but I didn't feel that I learned much about Atlanta except that a lot of streets are named Peachtree.
All in all, a pleasant beach read.