cover image Gone Too Far

Gone Too Far

Debra Webb. Thomas & Mercer, $15.95 trade paper (410p) ISBN 978-1-5420-9177-0

A double homicide takes Birmingham, Ala., police detective Kerri Devlin and her colleague, Luke Falco, to Leo’s Tobacconist, where the city’s elite gather to enjoy fine cigars and exclusive spirits, in Webb’s busy sequel to 2020’s Trust No One. There they find the shop’s owner, Leo Kurtz, and deputy district attorney Asher Walsh shot to death execution style. Devlin and Falco join forces with PI Sadie Cross, a former police officer who was traumatized but remains functional after she was drugged and tortured for months three years earlier while on a deep-cover assignment at the Mexican compound of drug baron Carlos Osorio. She and Walsh were investigating a possible link between Osorio’s drug ring and crimes committed north of the border. Meanwhile, Devlin’s 14-year-old daughter is suspected of maliciously shoving a classmate down a flight of stairs. Webb goes through contortions to connect all the various story lines. The result is a unified and colorful if convoluted plot. Those who like a lot of family drama in their police procedurals will be satisfied. Agent: Stephanie Rostan, LGR Literary. (Apr.)