Deep Dark

Deep Dark

eBook - 2016
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"If you like CSI and well-crafted suspense, don't miss these books" (RT Book Reviews)! The tenth novel in the New York Times bestselling Tracers series is a gripping romantic thriller from the author who "never fails to put me on the edge of my seat" (USA TODAY).The moment detective Reed Novak steps onto the crime scene, he knows the case is going to rock his world. A beautiful young woman murdered at home. No sign of forced entry. No motive. She's obviously not the killer's first victim, and Reed's instincts tell him she won't be his last. Reed's first clue comes via a mysterious text that links to a dating profile, but even more intriguing than the clue is the person who sent it. As a white-hat hacker in the Delphi Center's cyber investigation unit, Laney Knox sneaks into some of the deepest, darkest corners of the Internet looking for predators. Laney would prefer to stay away from Austin PD's most recent murder case, but she can't ignore...
Publisher: 2016.
ISBN: 9781476779287
Branch Call Number: eBook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 downloadable ebook

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skyekilaen
Oct 14, 2018

I can’t vouch for the quality of any of the police work in this book, especially sleeping with a witness/cooperating expert in a case, BUT I found this M/F romance very satisfying in the way a solid police procedural / action movie with charismatic leads can be. Reed Novak is the grumpy older detective chasing a serial killer. Laney Knox is the pink-streaks-in-her-hair white-hat hacker, employed by a security company, who gives Reed a lead: the women are being targeted through a dating app created by a local startup. Laney and Reed have an immediate click, which somewhat baffles Reed, but they fumble through the chemistry towards something that makes them both feel hopeful. While tracking down the killer, obviously, with plenty of satisfying twists and turns along the way.

This is the tenth book in a series I hadn’t read any of before, and it worked just fine as a standalone. I liked the more reality-based hacking that happened here - not just Laney sitting at a keyboard at a dramatic moment pounding away at the keyboard. I also managed to really enjoy how Laney wasn’t willing to just do whatever Reed said, even while I was like “Laney, omg, not smart, stop!” He needs someone like her around, IMHO.

(If you’re an Austinite like me, though, the geography might break your brain a few times. An apartment complex on Town Lake and an IHOP are both described as “near campus” and the Cedar Door is at some nonexistent intersection and described as a place where people get beer after tubing on “the river.” Huh?)

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