Fast-paced, riveting, and a page-turner are all words to describe Lonnie Cruse's Malice in Metropolis. Anyone who is a fan of her Sheriff Joe Dalton will be on the edge of their seat.
It's spring in Metropolis, Illinois and Massac County. Despite the daffodils out in the countryside, Dalton is not out at a farm to enjoy the beautiful weather. Even in rural America, there's a meth problem. Dalton is there to meet with a snitch. He'll never get a chance to talk to her, since he's shot after picking flowers for his wife.
Cruse's opening scene gives a hint as to Dalton's character and concerns. He's the kind of man who picks flowers for his wife and plans to fish with his grandson. He cares enough about the people he arrests to talk to them, and try to give them a second chance. He's not the kind of man who will take kindly to someone threatening him and his family.
Cruse builds up the tension in the latest Metropolis mystery, so that readers will anxiously turn pages. Each Sheriff Dalton mystery is better than the last, and this one is no exception.
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Malice in Metropolis by Lonnie Cruse. NaDaC Publishing, ©2007. ISBN 9780978588038 (paperback), 222p.