THE FISHER KING by Melissa Lenhardt

THE FISHER KING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A small-town police chief and his bad-boy twin brother have a conflicted relationship.

After his wife, Julie, vanished for a year, leaving him to care for his son, Ethan, and fight off accusations that he had murdered Julie, former FBI agent Jack McBride figured he was entitled to an easy job. On the surface, Stillwater, Texas, seems like many small towns, but as Jack has learned (Stillwater, 2015, etc.), a thriving drug trade is causing all kinds of problems. Jack’s relationship with attractive businesswoman Ellie Martin has been stalled by the return of Julie, saying she wants to repair their marriage. Now Ellie’s running for a city council seat against Joe Doyle, successful businessman and Yourke County drug lord. Joe’s tough, promiscuous daughter, Michelle, runs the day-to-day business while her husband, Chris, plays golf. Jack’s twin brother, Eddie, has recently arrived in town and is working for Michelle and having sex with her while living in his brother’s home. He doesn’t even consider Julie out of bounds. While all this is going on, Jack and his team are investigating the misdeeds of the former police chief, whose knowledge may have earned him a watery grave. When Doyle’s favorite son and his wife are murdered after a boozy night at a neighborhood party, Jack thinks he’ll have to put all his other problems aside to find the killer. But it turns out that most of those problems are connected to the murders and the drug trade. So he may just be able to get his life back on track if he can solve the case.

After a slow start, this combination of police procedural and romance puts the pedal to the metal and revs up the action.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-5107-0729-0
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2016




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