When girls go missing here, no one says a word…
Twenty-four-year-old Lila has disappeared without trace. It’s the kind of case that ex-military loner Grant Fletcher would normally be happy to take on—he will always seek justice if someone has the money to pay him. But this one he’s doing for free. This one’s personal.
Because Fletcher owes his life to Lila’s father. And Fletcher knows that returning Lila safe and sound is the only thing that matters to his wheelchair-bound friend.
She last called her father from a small town in rural Georgia. Arriving there, Fletcher’s feet barely touch the ground before he finds trouble. He also discovers that his friend’s daughter wasn’t the first girl to go missing there. Not the first by far.
Then the last person to have seen Lila before she disappeared is murdered. As an outsider, Fletcher becomes the local deputy’s only suspect, leaving him no choice but to go on the run. Because Fletcher knows someone’s abducting girls in this town. And he also knows he’s the only person who can find them…
Fans of high-octane action and unforgettable heroes like Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne and David Baldacci’s Amos Decker will love First Shot.
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 359
Date of Publication: June 4, 2020
My Rating: 4 Stars
Sadly, missing young women is nothing new. However, when Grant Fletcher learns of the fact that twenty-four-year-old Lila has disappeared, he takes notice. When he was in Afghanistan, Lila's father saved his life. So Fletcher feels a strong sense of duty when it comes to trying to discover what happened to Lila.
So Fletcher starts his search. The deeper he digs, the more unsettled he becomes. His search leads him to Georgia, and danger hits him front and center, as when he is at a motel, Fletcher faces a near-death experience when several men seek to silence him - for good. Why has his search for Lila led to more than one danger? Then when he gets a bit closer, he discovers that a woman connected with Lila has been murdered. This cannot be a coincidence.
Fletcher is not the kind of man who gives up easily. He reluctantly begins working with Special Agent Zoey Quadrado. This leads to more than one intense situation that brings incredible danger to Quadrado. Will helping Fletcher search for Lila bring an end to Quadrado? In addition, through the pages of this book, Fletcher's personal and military life are mentioned, and not without incredible angst. Now a single father to a daughter, Fletcher's responsibilities never come to an end.
This was rather a tough read. It was gritty, shocking and devastating at times. There was peril and action that had me racing through the pages. I love Fletcher and look forward to him and Quadrado working together again. Fletcher is a powerful hero and I can see this book by John Ryder gaining traction for readers of police procedurals who don't mind an imperfect protagonist.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
John Ryder is a former farmworker and joiner. He’s turned his hand to many skills to put food on the table and clothes on his back. A life-long bibliophile, he eventually summoned the courage to try writing himself, and his Grant Fletcher novels have drawn inspiration from authors such as Lee Child, Tom Cain, Zoe Sharp and Matt Hilton. When it comes to future novels, he says he has more ideas than time to write them.
When not writing, John enjoys spending time with his son, reading and socialising with friends. A fanatic supporter of his local football team, he can often be found shouting encouragement to men much younger and fitter than he is.
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