FINAL APPROACH by Rachel Brady


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A skydiver gets roped into p.i. work when clues in a kidnapping point to a fellow diver.

Emily Locke is just trying to get through her daily routine when Richard Cole, police detective turned private eye, asks her help in solving a child’s kidnapping. Cole needs Locke because the only clue in the case is a skydiving ride ticket left at the crime scene, and Locke is an experienced diver who can infiltrate the skydiving crowd. Unfortunately for Cole, Locke is still upset with him for failing to appear in court when a man went on trial for the murder of her husband and daughter. Even so, she reluctantly agrees to head out to Gulf Coast Skydiving and pose as part of the scene, where she becomes fast friends with the crew, especially handsome loner Vince. She thinks she’s blending in perfectly until a fellow diver who’s borrowed her gear has a suspicious malfunction during her jump. Suddenly, Locke suspects someone is trying to sabotage her. As things slowly build to an extended climax, she wonders whether her involvement in this case may be more than mere coincidence. Solving the abduction may give Locke the information she’s been looking for about what happened to her own family. But will she survive long enough to get the closure she’s been looking for? 

Brady’s debut is weighed down with technical information about skydiving. For buffs, it’s a must; the less committed might want to sit this jump out.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59058-655-6
Page count: 250pp
Publisher: Poisoned Pen
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2009