Thursday, October 23, 2014
Texas in my rear view mirror
Al Quinn has retired from his detective work in Travis County, near Austin. His philosophy changed after his partner was killed during a call where he and Al felt that a woman's life was in danger so they couldn't wait for the SWAT team and the deranged man killed Al's partner.
Al has a home by the water and enjoys fishing but gets a call from one of his friends on the job. Al's brother is in the hospital, someone tried to kill him.
Al and his brother haven't spoken in years but Al goes to the hospital and soon learns that his brother, Maury, could be the target of a drug gang seemingly at war to eliminate the competition.
ICE, Immigration Customs Enforcement, is pitted against a drug cartel and Maury is in the middle of the conflict.
Although there is a split between the brothers, Al continues to investigate. There's lots of action but I would have preferred it if the story ended sooner than it did. Everything worked out too easily and there is one segment when multiple characters are thought to have been killed, only to come back into the story.
The author is a good story teller and the novel was a quick and easy read but I enjoy more depth in characters.