In this "deeply satisfying" thriller, Detective Betty Rhyzyk is up against a string of mysterious assassinations, an increasingly reckless partner, and her worst fear—desk duty—when she decides to go rogue . . . heading straight into the dark underworld of Dallas's most dangerous drug cartel (The Washington Post).
A SUE GRAFTON MEMORIAL AWARD NOMINEE Not much can make Detective Betty Rhyzyk flinch. But when forced into therapy, a desk assignment, and domestic bliss following a terrifying run-in with an apocalyptic cult, she’s having trouble readjusting to life as it once was. At home, she struggles to connect with her loving wife, Jackie. At work, someone has been assassinating confidential informants. To make matters worse, Betty’s partner seems to be increasingly dependent on the painkillers he was prescribed for injuries he sustained narrowly rescuing her.
Betty’s at the point of breaking when she decides to go rogue, on a chase that will lead her to the dark heart of a drug cartel terrorizing Dallas, and straight to the crooked cops who plan to profit from it all.
"A labyrinth of a police procedural punctuated by non-stop action . . . Gripping." —Associated Press
Edgar-finalist Kent's harrowing sequel to 2017's The Dime finds narcotics detective Betty Rhyzyk still recovering from her violent clash with a cultlike family of meth dealers, and her restless time on medical leave has taken a toll on her longtime girlfriend, Jackie, and their relationship. Her first day back at Dallas PD, Betty is eager to help flush out Alfonso Ruiz Zena (aka the Knife), head of the security force for Sinaloa cartel leader Joaqu n "El Chapo" Guzm n. A brutalized body provides a clue, but Betty's soon relegated to desk duty and ordered to see a therapist. As the bodies of drug dealers begin to pile up, the word on the street is that the shooter might be a cop, and Betty starts working her network of confidential informants for any leads on a killer who may be hiding in plain sight. The blunt, volatile, and relentlessly brave Betty leaps off the page, and Kent hits her with a frequently terrifying obstacle course of hair-raising scenarios. Readers will clamor for the irresistible Betty's next chapter.