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Special Agent Barrett "Bear" Raines of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has his Little League game interrupted when a returning GI uses Bear and the local sheriff to commit suicide-by-cop. Barrett agonizes over the young man's death.
He knows that the young marine came home with a squad of other veterans who live outside the law near a place called Devil's Slew. Those GIs come under suspicion when federal authorities trace counterfeited currency to Bear's backyard. The feds believe that the counterfeiters are responsible for the kidnapping of a female agent off the streets of New Orleans. The threads connecting these local crimes stretch from northern Florida to Afghanistan and Mexico, and so, once again, Barrett Raines and the FDLE are called in to dodge the bullets and connect the dots.
A superb storyteller, Darryl Wimberley writes about a Florida not many people know about, bringing to life its rich characters---and its lurking dangers.
Vivid descriptive prose and a keen ear for local dialect distinguish Wimberley's explosive fifth mystery featuring African-American special agent Barrett "Bear" Raines (after 2007's Pepperfish Keys). Bear knows every inch and most of the diverse inhabitants of his seven-county northwestern Florida jurisdiction, including Quentin Hart, an Afghanistan War vet who takes his girlfriend hostage in his trailer in a swamp area known as Devil's Slew. When Quentin charges into the open with his automatic rifle, Bear and Sheriff Smoot Rawlings have no choice but to shoot to kill. Aided by the FBI and other Florida law officials, Bear finds ties between Quentin and a cadre of alienated veterans who, in addition to their counterfeiting and money laundering activities, may know who's responsible for decapitating a young mother working undercover for the Treasury Department. Soon the veterans themselves are being murdered, one by one. Though the story unfolds in a disconcertingly disjointed manner, it satisfies.