An ex-con tracks down the men who have kidnapped her niece in this gritty and visceral thriller.
Killian Delaney has a skewed moral compass, a high threshold for pain, and has just been released from prison to discover that someone has taken her niece.
Killian does not hesitate. Loyalty is the most important thing in her life, and when she gets a call from her sister saying that her daughter is missing, Killian immediately begins hunting down the men responsible.
She quickly discovers her niece was involved with a notorious biker gang who are engaged in everything from drugs to human trafficking. And to make it worse, the man who sent Killian to jail, the one she nearly beat to death, is at the center of it all.
To save her niece, she'll need a plan. A smart, quick, and efficient one. Because she's going to do it right this time. She'll burn them to the ground.
For more from Kate Kessler, check out:
The Killian Delaney Novels:Seven CrowsCall of Vultures
The Audrey Harte Novels:It Takes OneTwo Can PlayThree StrikesFour of a KindZero Hour (novella)
Pacing and character development receive short shrift in this visceral tale of revenge from Kessler (the Audrey Harte series). When members of the Sons of Bitches, a Connecticut biker gang, kidnap and rape ex-con Killian Delaney's 15-year-old niece, Shannon, and Shannon's best friend, Madallya, Killian realizes that actions from her dark past are to blame. In her quest to save the girls, Killian, who has impressive fighting skills, reconnects with allies like Dash Clark, an ex-member of the Crows gang who customizes muscle cars for celebrities. Killian's emotional wounds reopen when Dash admits that he loves her. The action builds to a grisly showdown with Rank Cirello, the leader of the SOBs. The final chapter sets up a possible series featuring Killian, Dash, and their motley crew, though interest depends on the reader's tolerance for descriptions of bone-breaking fights and the aftermath of gang rape. Kessler works hard to build sympathy for her raging antiheroine, but her one-note character is no Lisbeth Salander.