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Headline, 3 November 2016. ISBN: 978-0-7553-9005-2 (HB)
People-trafficking, drugs, child abuse, painful and bloody murder...
Not really the stuff of romantic suspense, most people would agree. So if
you’re new to Karen Rose’s work, and sample it on the basis of that description
on Google, you may be a little taken aback.
The two lead characters of Every
Dark Corner do form a meaningful relationship, and a couple of pretty
steamy sex scenes certainly ensue, but two scenes and some yearning eye contact
do not make a sub-genre. Like the two preceding volumes of Rose’s Cinncinati
series, this book is as hard-boiled as hard-boiled gets; the villain is the
nastiest of bad guys, the FBI and Cincinnati police work their butts off to
track him down, and they way he treats his victims is enough to curdle a
stronger stomach than mine.
Special Agents Kate Coppola
and Decker Davenport met under unusual circumstances at the end of the previous
volume: she jumped from a tree and stuck a rifle in his back, and he finished
up in a coma, though not as a result of one of her bullets. Having broken one
people-trafficking operation, they now need to dig even deeper, to identify and
catch the next, even nastier link in the chain.
They have a lot of help from
other FBI agents, as well as some of the protagonists of the earlier books, but
it’s a complex procedure which takes close to a quarter of a million words to
complete. You’ll need to set aside quite a few hours, because once you start,
you’ll want to find out how they achieve their objective. Rose is a mistress of
the page-turner; those 600 pages are pacy, action-packed and structured in a
way that kept me on the edge of my seat.
Cincinnati is an American
city like many others, but locations like the luxurious safe house Decker
recuperates in are brought skilfully to life. Rose’s main talents, though, are
telling a rattling good tale and juggling her large cast deftly and in a way
which turns them into real people. The good guys all have plenty of emotional
depth; Kate Coppola knits and does origami to calm her PTSD and soothe her
nightmares. I especially liked Diesel, computer hacker extraordinaire (a
skill he only uses for good), and phobic about hospitals, but glued to the
bedside of injured Dani, for whom he has a decidedly soft spot. Even the minor
players jump off the page: Agent Triplett, for instance, a man-mountain with an
angel’s face and a heart of gold.
Romantic suspense? Maybe a
little. A storyline for the faint-hearted? Probably not. A great book for a
damp winter afternoon? Definitely!
Reviewer: Lynne Patrick
Karen Rosewas born 29 July 29 1964 at Baltimore, Maryland USA. She was educated at
the University of Maryland. She met her husband, Martin, on a blind date when
they were seventeen and after they both graduated from the University of Maryland,
(Karen with a degree in Chemical Engineering) they moved to Cincinnati, Ohio.
Karen worked as an engineer for a large consumer goods company, earning two
patents, but as Karen says, “scenes were roiling in my head and I couldn't
concentrate on my job so I started writing them down. I started out writing for
fun, and soon found I was hooked.” Her debut suspense novel, Don't Tell, was released in July, 2003.
Since then, she has published fifteen more novels and two novellas. Alone in the Dark is her seventeenth
Lynne Patrick has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen,
and has enjoyed success with short stories, reviews and feature journalism, but
never, alas, with a novel. She crossed to the dark side to become a publisher
for a few years, and is proud to have launched several careers which are now
burgeoning. She lives on the edge of rural Derbyshire in a house groaning with
books, about half of them crime fiction.