Book Review: Rules of Crime by L.J. Sellers

Rules of CrimeRules of Crime
A Detective Jackson Mystery
L.J. Sellers
Thomas & Mercer, February 2013
ISBN 978-1611098068
Trade Paperback

Detective Wade Jackson of the Eugene, Oregon police department, is called home from a much needed vacation because of a family emergency. His ex-wife, Renee, has vanished, but when a ransom demand finally comes in, it is her wealthy boyfriend who steps forward to pay it. At the same time, a young woman is found brutally beaten. Dropped off at the hospital, she’s in a coma and unable to speak. In a town like Eugene, with ongoing monetary problems, the police force is spread thin. Jackson teams with FBI agent Carla River as they work these crimes, but before they make much headway, another young woman is found dead. Are the kidnapping, the assault, and the murder connected? It begins to look that way. And then Renee’s ransom pay-off goes wrong.

Many twists and turns will keep you turning the pages to the very end. Excellent characterization, including getting into the mind of a character who has undergone a sex change, is a L.J. Sellers trademark, as is the intricate plotting of this excellent police procedural.

Reviewed by Carol Crigger, May 2013.
Author of Three Seconds to Thunder.

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