The DNA evidence should have made the rape a slam dunk case…
But after the evidence disappeared from a police locker, the black man accused of brutally raping a popular actor’s daughter walked free. Hired by the actor, private detective Dan Reno’s job seemed simple enough: discover who took the DNA, and why. Problem is, from the beginning of the investigation, neither Reno, the South Lake Tahoe police, nor anyone else has any idea what the motivation could be to see ghetto thug Duante Tucker get away with the crime. Not even Reno’s best friend, fellow investigator Cody Gibbons, has a clue.
When Reno and Gibbons tail Tucker, they learn the rapist is linked to various criminals and even a deserter from the U.S. Marine Corps. But they still can’t tell who would want him set free, and for what reason?
Things get murkier when Tucker visits an Arabic restaurant whose owners are suspected terrorists. Then Cody’s ex-boss, a San Jose police captain, is found to be dallying with Tucker’s sister.
The clues continue to build until Reno and Cody find themselves targeted for death. That tells Reno he’s getting close, so he and Gibbons put the pedal to the metal.
The forces of evil are running out of time, and the action reaches a boiling point before an explosive conclusion that reveals a sinister plot and motivations that Reno never imagined.
Whilst Hard Prejudice may be the fifth book in the series, it reads easily as a stand alone.
Dan and Cody have really grown on me through this series. They are like family and I can see quite a difference, in Dan especially, since the first book. Whilst Cody is still very much enjoying the single life, Dan is settling down thanks to the lovely Candi.
I won’t lie, some parts make for uncomfortable reading. A storyline to do with rape is never going to be an easy one. Whilst we get to see some of the devastation it leaves in its wake for the victim and her family, the story very much centres on Dan and Cody trying to find the culprit as well as the people behind fiddling with the evidence in the trial.
The case really takes some unexpected twists and turns that keeps the reader on their toes. I enjoyed how the author plays with us so things arn’t quite as straight forward as they seem.
Hard Prejudice is a slightly more sombre addition to the series due to the nature of the story line. Packed to the brim with tension and action, Hard Prejudice makes for a thrilling and adrenaline fuelled read.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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