cover image Wild Justice

Wild Justice

Kelley Armstrong. Plume, $9.99 mass market (400p) ISBN 978-0-452-29881-1

Readers are in for a satisfying wild ride with bestseller Armstrong’s well-plotted third and final thriller featuring contract killer Nadia “Dee” Stafford (after 2008’s Made to Be Broken). Dee’s commitment to justice stems in large part from an incident that occurred when she was in her teens: she and her cousin Amy were assaulted by a serial rapist and killer—and only Dee survived. When a Michigan hit goes wrong for Dee, her mentor and romantic interest, Jack, offers not just understanding but a distraction: he has located the man who murdered Amy, living as a cop in Ohio. Dee and Jack target the killer, but things take an unexpected turn that causes Dee to dig into the ugly truth about her past. Her romantic and personal lives are further complicated by the presence of U.S. marshal and sometime vigilante Quinn, with whom Dee shared a satisfactory but not continuing relationship. Sly, dark humor, steamy romantic encounters, and genuine emotional growth enhance the suspense. Agent: Helen Heller, Helen Heller Agency (Canada). (Dec.)