The critically acclaimed Seasons Myster Series debuted with Open Season in hardback and is now available in all e-book formats.
Amid racial tensions and the deadly force controversy sweeping the city of Dallas, Homicide detectives Sarah Kingsly and Angel Johnson are unlikely and unwilling partners. They both see the pairing as better PR than policy.
The Dallas Review Board wants Sarah's badge because she shot a young black boy when an undercover drug operation went bad and her partner was killed. Angel is under pressure from her family to refuse to work with "this white, Honkey bitch."
Their first case, dubbed the Mall Murders, begins with the death of a maintenance worker at one of the Metroplex shopping malls. A security guard is then killed at another mall. The final murder victim is a young window dresser whose body is left like a mannequin behind the glass of an exclusive boutique at the Galleria Mall.
In this police procedural mystery, the women follow the trail of a killer until it comes close to home, and they have to decide if they can be partners or not.
Miller (One Small Victory) spins a tight tale that's a cut above the average police procedural in this first of a new series introducing Dallas police detective Sarah Kingsly. Still reeling from community protests over her accidental shooting of a 14-year-old African-American boy during an undercover drug operation that went awry and left her partner dead, Sarah anxiously awaits the ruling of the Dallas Review Board. Meanwhile, in a PR move, her superiors team her with a new, African-American partner, Angel Johnson. Both women must overcome their mistrust of each other and thorny racial conflicts as they try to solve a series of mall murders, in which three men with drug problems are garroted to death with piano wire by a killer who leaves increasingly frantic messages at the crime scenes. The investigation tests Sarah and Angel in ways both expected and unexpected. Readers will want to see more of these engaging female cops.
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Great Crime Thriller
From the time I read the prologue, I knew this would be an intense crime thriller. Author Maryann Miller skillfully penned both sides of the race issue in this excellent book. Seen from the perspective of the main characters, as well as Angel's family, each must deal with their preconceived ideas and racial prejudice. Pertinent to today, Open Season, could have occurred in any city.
Author Maryann Miller maintained the high peak of racial tensions as well as the "who done it" throughout the story-line. Ms. Miller does not reveal the culprit until the end of the story. Also, Ms. Miller skillfully developed and presented the black/white racial issues showing prejudice can run both ways. I received better understanding of these issues from the black perspective. Furthermore, Ms. Miller's depiction of the partner relationship and how the surviving partner deals with the others death was excellent. Partner's are as close as spouses which Ms. Miller aptly portrayed.
The pace of the story was correct for the length of the book. The story-line does not bog down or lag. I did feel we should have had a more in-depth look at the psyche of the killer. I felt the cause of the murders and the killer's reasoning a tad rushed. However this did not take away from my enjoyment of the book.
In concluding my review of Open Season, I found an intriguing story fill of action and emotion. The character development and pacing of the story were skillful. The premise of the story was perceptive and well presented. Furthermore, Open Season hooked me in the prologue and never let go.
OPEN SEASON RECOMMENDATION 4 STARS:
In conclusion, I do not hesitate to recommend this book for hours of entertainment. Anyone who enjoys a police procedural drama will love this book. The story-line is emotional and intense and the writing style of the author was clear and refreshing. I look forward to book 2 in this series.
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