Amos Decker was on vacation.
He has nowhere he has to be, so he followed Alex to visit her sister who just allocated to a small town, Baronville.
Amos, not being the most sociable person, was taking a break in the backyard with his beer. He also get the chance to talk to Alex's niece, reminded him of his daughter.
With that he discovered the first two dead bodies.
The two dead bodies might be linked to four other dead bodies found recently in this small town.
That should have alert the police and other law enforcement agency as there is not enough manpower to handle six deaths. The ME is not that good either.
So why didn't the local police asked for help?
Amos has the rule not to trust anyone unless proved otherwise.
Good that he did.
The sidestepping on the story of the loss of shopping malls when people go online to shop. And that make facilitation plant a big business. Alex brother-in-law worked at the local plant.
Baronville also has a drug addicts population.
The story created a lot of big city problem in this small town.
Add one legacy to the mix. John Baron, the grandson of the founder in this town. John was not rich and neither were his parents who had died when he was still in university. Now he lived in his big house and selling off most of the asset to get by.
Amos investigate the murders, just because he knew about it. Turned out the two dead bodies found were DEA agents.
So DEA got involved with hours when FBI sent out search for identities.
DEA is on point. And bossy.
Amos had done the typical way of his investigation. Interviews everyone and see who lied to him. Then chased after those liars and found out the truth.
And of course, the killers would want to kill him.
Amos and Alex were at the trailer belonged to one of the dead bodies when someone locked the doors and set it on fire.
The action part is good. And this give a bit more dimension to the character when Amos was injured with a concussion, again.
He could no longer recall perfectly. And his color association with death is gone.
Amos was unsure of himself. He has gone through a lot of change. From professional athlete to cop to homeless, then FBI. From father and husband to widow and childless. From normal to have total recall.
That's a lot of changes for one single person.
The side story of John Baron being bullied in a bar when Amos stepped in is good. Amos befriended John and that provided clue for his investigation.
Then everything comes together.
Amos did the traditional reveal.
The skill of the writer is to bring the reader through the scene of the story without being too obvious, yet provided a good atmosphere for the storytelling.
Good book. Looking forward to the next one.
5 stars read.