Monday, June 8, 2015

Book Review: Fixed in Blood by T.E. Woods

Fixed in Blood: A Justice Novel
By  T. E. Woods
Publisher: Random House LLC
Published: June 16, 2015

Amazon Synopsis:

Perfect for fans of Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter thrillers and the novels of Lisa Gardner and Karin Slaughter, the gritty, action-packed Justice series continues as a depraved mind taunts those who seek retribution on both sides of the law.
I become whatever they want. Whatever they need.

 Seattle Chief of Detectives Mort Grant is still reeling from losing his daughter—again. When Allie first walked back into his life, breaking years of silence, he could hardly believe his luck. And after hearing her story, Mort tried to do everything in his power to keep her safe. The only person he trusted with Allie’s life was The Fixer. But, for the first time, The Fixer let him down.

Now Mort has been called in on a gruesome murder case: a beautiful young woman found in a ravine, her body riddled with stab wounds. Within twenty-four hours, the police uncover a snuff film depicting her murder, the killer’s face always just out of shot. When a second body and video are discovered, Mort knows this is no ordinary case.

 From a chain of sleazy payday loan shops to the dark underworld of the sex-slave trade, Mort’s chasing a twisted menace to hell and back. But he’s not the only one. Once again, The Fixer is on the hunt—and she’s desperate to make things right.

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My Thoughts:

Detective Mort Grant has broken off his friendship with the only person he trusted with his daughter Allie’s life when she failed to keep Allie safe from being taken back into the hands of the Russian kingpin mobster. Known as The Fixer, she had given up her life of crime and Mort held her secrets by not turning her in. But now he needs her help.

Mort is on a case of brutal slayings in the sex-slave trade – snuff films and someone in the Hollywood industry is involved.

This was a very twisted case with very surprising plot changes that I really didn’t expect. Those are the best kind of plot twists because you expect something to happen one way and the author surprises you totally by going in a completely different direction.

I am glad to see that The Fixer and Mort do get back on working terms again as I thought they made a good team to right some of the wrongs in the world although I don’t agree with the way The Fixer goes about it.

I would have to say that I don’t understand Mort’s daughter Allie and what she is trying to do in terms of the interaction she is trying to have with her nieces. I don’t blame her brother for the way he feels. I think I would feel much the same.

I love how T.E. Woods is able to bring a book to a satisfying conclusion, yet let you know that there is more to come. Though the ending is not a cliff-hanger, I certainly want to know what is going to happen next. We can expect at least one more book in this series.

Fixed in Blood is an adult-oriented novel due to its topic and language. I enjoyed it immensely and I’m sure others who enjoy the same genre will too. I gave this book 4 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the publishers via NetGalley for providing a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Teri Woods is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Madison, Wisconsin. Her scientific writings are well represented in peer-reviewed journals and academic texts. Her literary works earned her First Place, Fiction at the 2008 University of Wisconsin Writer’s Institute.

Dr. Woods enjoys kayaking, hiking, biking, and hanging around the house while her two dogs help her make sense of the world. Her habit of relaxing by conjuring up any manner of diabolical murder methods and plots often finds her friends urging her to take up knitting.

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