Let Justice Descend by Lisa Black
eBook review copy; 336 pages
Gardiner and Renner Series #5
Let Justice Descend by Lisa Black is a very highly recommended
crime thriller and procedural, featuring murder along with plenty of
political corruption and intrigue. This is the fifth book in the series
featuring Cleveland crime scene investigator Maggie Gardiner and homicide
detective Jack Renner.
"Anyone can be dangerous, when they have what they think is a good reason."
Three days before the election U.S. Senator Diane Cragin is murdered.
Someone rigged up her front door so she would be electrocute on her
front step and her chief of staff suspects her opponent, Joey
Green. Green is a corrupt city development director who has been
accepting bribes and favors in exchange for favors and city contracts
for years. When an unbelievably large amount of cash is found in a safe
in Cragin's home, it becomes clear that she may not be squeaky clean
either. Maggie and Jack delve into the world of political rivals,
corruption, bribes and economic hit men. Meanwhile Jack is keeping an
eye on Cleveland Herald reporter
Lori Russo who is not only following the political corruption story,
but also the trail of the vigilante killer. That case involves a secret
cover up between Maggie and Jack.
Let Justice Descend features excellent writing, including an
interesting, detailed, complex plot, and the return of two engaging,
well-developed characters. This is a great combination of a political thriller and a crime/procedural novel
and a wonderful addition to the series. While I have read two previous
books in the series and not all four, I was still able to easily follow
the narrative and I think a reader new to the series could also easily
understand the interaction between Maggie and Jack. Some of my enjoyment
was because of the political intrigue and corruption tied into the
case, so this would be a great choice for other readers who enjoy crime
novels and political thrillers.
"... the twenty-four hour channels, who have discovered the same
thing: the economic beauty of a built-in customer base. They can chat
away for hours and hours, not about what has actually happened but about
what might have happened and what they think might happen and their
opinion of what happened or what they think should happen. Why? Because
it’s easy and it’s cheap. You don’t have to do any investigation or any
real news-gathering." Truth.
My review copy was courtesy of Kensington Publishing