Worth killing for / Jane Haseldine.

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      First Kensington hardcover edition.
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      Summary: "[A]fter three decades of absence, Julia's conman father has resurfaced to throw her life into turmoil again. Julia was only seven when Duke Gooden abruptly left. Barely a month later, her nine-year-old brother, Ben, disappeared. Ben was her hero and protector, and though the case is cold, Julia has never given up hope of finding him. Duke's return offers vital clues--but it also makes her a target of those who intend to see Duke punished for his many sins. When Julia investigates the death of a city councilman's young nephew, she finds links to a string of other murders...and to a web of greed and kidnapping that stretches back decades. At long last, Julia may be able to discover what happened to Ben all those years ago, but only if shes willing to risk everything in her present"--Amazon.com.
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Booklist Reviews 2018 March #1

Recently widowed Detroit crime reporter Julia Gooden is taking it one day at a time, raising two sons and proceeding slowly in a rekindled relationship with cop Raymond Navarro. Then one day a city councilman's nephew is killed with a bow and arrow, and Julia sees her father, who walked out on the family 30 years ago. Coincidences compound when Julia learns that there were several other bow-and-arrow killings 30 years ago—right around the time her father left, and her nine-year-old brother, Ben, was abducted. Is there a chance Ben is still alive? This exciting third installment in the series (following Duplicity, 2017) effectively mixes gritty crime and involving domestic drama. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 February #3

In Haseldine's alluring third mystery featuring Detroit crime reporter Julia Gooden (after 2017's Duplicity), Julia's editor assigns her to cover the bow-and-arrow murder of college kid Angel Perez. Then, at a gas station near where Perez's body was found, Julia is certain that she spots her estranged father, small-time grifter and con man Duke Gooden, even though she was only seven when he vanished 30 years earlier. Julia drops everything and renews her intensive search for clues to the near-simultaneous disappearance of her nine-year-old brother, Ben, which the reader knows from the first chapter is related to Angel's murder. The brief encounter with Duke may or may not have been planned, but it resurrects Julia's seething obsession with her brother's whereabouts. Inevitable run-ins with killers plus clashes with law enforcement, including main squeeze Detroit police detective Ray Navarro, ensue as Julia wends a circuitous route to help solve more than one crime. Fans are certain to enjoy the complex plot and Julia and Ray's evolving relationship. Agent: Priya Doraswamy, Lotus Lane Literary. (Apr.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.