Dark River Rising

Dark River Rising

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"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 ... 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."
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250110091
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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