Melanie Jordan’s life seemed perfect.
Until masked intruders arrive at her house, demanding gold she doesn’t have. A savage blow to the head puts her in a coma for four weeks. When Melanie regains consciousness, she learns her husband has been murdered and her ten-year-old daughter is missing.
Private Eye Dan Reno begins investigating, but nothing about the case makes sense. Was there gold at the house or wasn’t there? Was Melanie’s husband hiding something? And what happened to Melanie’s daughter?
To complicate things, the case leads to Las Vegas, where Reno’s loose-cannon buddy, Cody Gibbons, is trying to repair his relationship with his college-aged daughter, an intern with Las Vegas P.D.
When clues implicate Russian mobsters and a mysterious African illegal, Reno tries to stay in the shadows, but once the crooks feel the noose tightening, they raise the stakes to a deadly level.
And then, as they say in Vegas, all bets are off.
The Doomsday Girl maybe the sixth novel in the Dan Reno series but easily reads well as a stand alone.
Melanie was a character who my heart went out to instantly. To wake up from a coma to learn her husbands dead and her only child is missing it’s unimaginable what she must be feeling. When we get to meet her parents who hire Dan to solve the case, I felt even more sorry. I even felt sorry for Dan as I wouldn’t want clients like them. Melanie’s father tries to act like he wears the trousers in their house but it is very obvious that it’s his wife that wears them. She is very rude and abrupt and didn’t like her at all. I think me and Dan pretty much felt the same way about her.
I was really intrigued as to why someone would target this family and especially in to why they would take the daughter. It makes for some shocking and horrifying reading when all comes to light.
It was great to see the wild Cody having to act like a dad in this book. We have only ever known him as the fun loving and risk taking guy that he is, so seeing him in this new light was actually quite sweet.
Throughout this series Dan and Cody have matured in some respects. It’s always good to see characters developing throughout the series and the author has done this really well. I think sometimes it is easy to get bored with a character or a series but Dave Stanton breathes fresh air into each book making each one as entertaining and enjoyable as the last.
The Doomsday Girl is a gripping and thrilling read that had me hooked from the first page to the last. Would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a fun and thrilling series to get themselves lost into.
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.
The Doomsday Girl is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link)
Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.
Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.