cover image Thieves Get Rich, Saints Get Shot

Thieves Get Rich, Saints Get Shot

Jodi Compton. Crown, $23 (304p) ISBN 978-0-307-58808-1

In Compton's searing sequel to Hailey's War, Hailey Cain, tough girl/West Point dropout, resurfaces in Los Angeles as second-in-command enforcer to Serena "Warchild" Delgadillo, the leader of a Latina female gang.%C2%A0Rejected by the Army because of a brain tumor she knows will kill her, and rejected as well by her adored cousin CJ, who can't manage the unconventional lifestyle that allows Hailey to cope with her shortened life, Hailey plunges into a maelstrom of hijacking, deadly gang rivalry, and identity theft.%C2%A0Her sense of justice eventually carries this "morally compromised" but eerily compelling heroine into the hands of "the feared LAPD gang-intelligence officer," Magnus Ford.%C2%A0Ford offers Hailey a brutally convincing escape from a world that allows girls so little opportunity that they become more lethal than the male criminals who prey on them, but her personal code demands a heavy price.%C2%A0Readers fascinated by Hailey's conflict between her aching heart and her canny head will hope she continues raising Cain.%C2%A0(July)