BEAUTY WITH A BOMB by M.C. Grant

BEAUTY WITH A BOMB

KIRKUS REVIEW

Journalist Dixie Flynn once more gets so involved in an investigation that she becomes part of it, at considerable cost to her safety.

Seemingly pregnant 19-year-old Ania Zajak asks to speak to Dixie while she's standing on a roof—she wants the reporter to tell her story, but she never explains her predicament before she jumps. It’s a horrific surprise when she explodes on the way down. Homeland Security takes over the case, but Dixie is sure Ania was no terrorist. Instead, she discovers that the Polish immigrant was forced into something even nastier than the involuntary sex trade in which Dixie had assumed she was involved. Ania’s autopsy shows she had a fake stomach filled with explosives and that at some point she’d had a C-section. Although Dixie’s detective pal, Frank Fury, tells her to butt out, she’s never been one to listen to advice. Through her bookie friend, Eddie the Wolf, she hooks up with a group of women in the Polish community who have information about a group of illegal immigrants who are about to be sold into some kind of slavery. They invite Dixie along for the rescue, which turns into quite a turbulent affair. As soon as the women who are still alive are rescued, Dixie calls Frank, but before he can arrive, the men they overpowered have vanished, leaving behind a burning shipping container that had been the squalid home of the group. Dixie finally connects Ania to the other young women suffering a terrible fate. Armed with a police photo of the man they think set the bomb that killed Ania, Dixie sets out to track him down.

Dixie’s violent third (Devil With a Gun, 2013, etc.) provides the requisite thrills and chills along with one very nasty group of evildoers.

Pub Date: Sept. 8th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-7387-3983-0
Page count: 264pp
Publisher: Midnight Ink/Llewellyn
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2014




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