The gang is back – the second in the series featuring Clay Wolfe, Professional Investigator (because that happens to be what they call it in Maine); his partner, the beautiful and extremely capable Baylee; retired octogenarian and solicitor Gene, who also happens to be Clay’s Grandpops; and a posse of hard-drinking, colorful, and willingly-endangered friends and collaborators.
The case this time centers on the most evil of institutions – a Neo Nazi white supremacist group so tightly wound with nonsensical quasi-religious dogma, blind devotion and enforced mind-control that it can only be described as a cult.
As Clay and his team search for a missing woman and her daughter, bodies begin to pile up and the insidious horror of the truly close-minded – now organized, manic, and heavily armed – suddenly looms against the backdrop of the once peaceful coastal town of Port Essex.
As in his previous work, the author manages to interweave chilling and escalating plot details, unexpected twists, violent deaths and near-deaths, constant suspense and taut action scenes with the wonderful camaraderie and further development of the characters comprising the Wolfe team (Wolfe pack?).
Thoroughly recommended for anyone who enjoys great detective fiction, I devoured this book in one sitting, and am looking forward to the next installment.
A great big thank you to the author for an ARC of this book. All thoughts presented are my own.