The unsolved murder of a young activist leads to the discovery of much darker crimes in New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan’s latest compelling thriller to feaure the young, edgy detective Kara Quinn and the loner FBI agent Matt Costa. This time they work to uncover possible ties to a high-stakes cartel in the Southwest desert.
Something mysterious is killing the wildlife in the mountains just south of Tucson. When a college intern turned activist sets out to collect her own evidence, she, too, ends up dead. Local law enforcement is slow to get involved. That’s when the mobile FBI unit goes undercover to infiltrate the town and its copper refinery in search of possible leads.
Quinn and Costa find themselves scouring the desolate landscape, which keeps revealing clues to something much darker—greed, child trafficking and more death. As the body count adds up, it’s clear they have stumbled onto much more than they bargained for. Now they must figure out who is at the heart of this mayhem and stop them before more innocent lives are lost.
A Quinn & Costa Thriller
Book 1: The Third to Die
Book 2: Tell No Lies
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The desert’s oppressive heat can make it a deadly place. But high temperatures are nothing compared to what police detective Kara Quinn and FBI agent Matt Costa find in the wilds of Arizona, where animals—and a young ecological activist—have been slaughtered. In her second thriller starring spiky upstart Quinn and grizzled vet Costa, best-selling author Allison Brennan thrusts her protagonists into a sinister, depraved criminal conspiracy. Her evocative descriptions of Arizona’s desolate but beautiful landscapes—and the equally intriguing and strange setting of Tucson—add to the case’s dark, fascinating intrigue. We loved seeing Quinn, who’s not exactly a people-pleaser, go undercover slinging drinks at a skeevy Tucson dive bar, and enjoyed reading about Costa’s growing attraction to his partner. That hint of a romantic subplot adds an extra level of entertainment to this suspenseful mystery.
Bestseller Brennan's intriguing sequel to 2020's The Third to Die takes Matt Costa, the head of the FBI's D.C.-based mobile response team, and his team, including Kara Quinn, an LAPD detective on permanent loan to the MRT, to Tucson, Ariz., to investigate two potentially connected cases: the murder of an environmental activist college student and the possible illegal dumping of toxic waste by a nearby copper refinery. The refinery owner's son provides assistance by becoming an informant for Matt. Meanwhile, Kara goes undercover as a bartender at a hangout for refinery workers, and her colleague Michael Harris, a former Navy SEAL, takes a job at the refinery. More deaths occur, and the team gets on the trail of a vicious criminal gang. Amid the fast-paced action, Matt, Kara, and Michael each take time to ruminate on their dysfunctional love lives. These bumps in the narrative may frustrate readers eager to get on with unraveling the well-constructed mystery plot. Fans of romantic thrillers will best appreciate this one.