I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Killer Pursuit by Jeff Gunhus
Series: Allison McNeil, #2
Published by Seven Guns Press on January 10th 2016
Format: eBook, Paperback
Reading Challenges: COYER Back to Basics
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When a high-society call girl is murdered in her Georgetown home, investigators find two cameras hidden in the walls of her bedroom. One has its memory erased, presumably by the murderer. The second is connected to the Internet through an encrypted connection...and no-one knows who's on the other end.
Special Agent Allison McNeil is asked by beleaguered FBI Director Clarence Mason to run an off-the-record investigation of the murder. The most direct path to apprehending the killer is to find the videos, but with rumors that the victim's client list may have included Mason's political enemies, Allison worries about the director's motives. As she starts her investigation, she quickly discovers that she's not the only one pursuing the videos. In fact, the most aggressive person racing against her might be the murderer himself.
Killer Pursuit is the second novel in Jeff Gunhus’ series that features Special Agent Allison McNeil, but can be read as a stand-alone novel. In Killer Pursuit, Allison investigates the murder of a high-society call girl. It turns out the call girl had two cameras hidden in her bedroom, and FBI Director Clarence Mason wants Allison to discover where the footage has disappeared to. Not only does Allison have to work the case off the books, but part of her wonders what stakes the Director has in this woman’s death.
The characters were very complex, and unpredictable. While I clocked the killer’s identity almost immediately, I enjoyed watching Allison unravel the mystery. Plus, the characters unpredictable behavior always left me wondering how things would end. Not only were the characters complex, but none of them were easy to pigeonhole as being either “good” or “bad.” This allowed them to cross back and forth over moral lines, making their actions that much more compelling.
Another aspect of the novel I really enjoyed was the political backdrop. Being set in the Nation’s capital, there was a lot of political intrigue wrapped up in the murder case, which gave far-reaching ramifications for Allison if she was unsuccessful at solving the case. I felt this upped the stakes more than if she was just a regular detective.
Gritty, compelling, and well-written, Killer Pursuit is a must read for mystery fans. Allison McNeil is a strong female character that readers can root for, and the cat and mouse game she plays with the killer will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you are looking for a great suspenseful read, than this one is definitely worth checking out. I, for one, will definitely go back and read the first novel from this series, as I can’t wait to read more books featuring this heroine.