Dark River Rising

Dark River Rising

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"Dark River Rising is a tense and expertly-plotted mystery set against the bayous of Louisiana, from debut author Roger Johns. Baton Rouge Police Detective Wallace Hartman has had better days. With her long-time partner and mentor on medical leave and a personal life in shambles, she's called to the scene of a particularly gruesome murder: the body of a known criminal has been found in a deserted warehouse, a snake sewn into his belly. Obvious signs of torture point to a cunning and cold-blooded killer who will stop at nothing to find what he's looking for. When Federal Agent Mason Cunningham arrives on the scene, Wallace expects a hostile takeover of the case. But when a scientist with ties to the victim goes missing from a government lab, she needs Mason's federal connections as much as he needs her local insight, and the two form an uneasy partnership to solve a case that grows more complicated--and dangerous--by the minute. Meanwhile, the killer lurks in the shadows with an agenda no one saw coming, and when Wallace and Mason threaten to get in the way they risk losing everything they hold dear. Including their lives"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250110091
1250110092
Characteristics: viii, 293 pages ; 25 cm

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Oct 25, 2017

I think Roger Johns' debut novel, DARK RIVER RISING, is amazing as a novel period and as a debut piece of work. The cover jacket says "...crime fiction at it's best." and I would agree with that. It has a very interesting story line dealing with cocaine and synthetic drugs. It has local cop - federal agent interaction that is extremely well crafted and results in both interesting dialogue and advancement of the story line. It is a fast read that doesn't skip details but doesn't get lost in them either. I really liked this book and am adding him to my watch list and hoping to see an equally entertaining and well-written 2nd book. And I am very interested in whether the two main-characters will return in a sequel or if this is a one-off. Either way would be fine,but I am hoping for the former. Enjoy!

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