Series: Jessie Mercado #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 325 Pages
Date of Publication: March 8, 2022
My Rating: 5 Stars
New York Times bestselling author Roy Johansen delivers a thrill-a-minute read featuring a fearless heroine for hire.
Kendra Michaels, blind before gaining her sight via a revolutionary surgical procedure, offers her razor-sharp senses to assist her friend Jessie Mercado in a baffling case. An army vet and former bodyguard for the rich and famous, Jessie has faced all kinds of danger but one thing the motorcycle-riding private investigator has never encountered before is an incarceration consultant.
Preparing wealthy people to go to prison is big business. When Owen Blake of Mamertine Consulting hires Mercado to find his missing partner, their suspect list is filled with recently released white-collar criminals, a few drug kingpins, and a couple of murderers to keep things interesting.
As witnesses turn up dead and car chases leave destruction in their wake, Jessie and Kendra learn just how far someone will go to keep the fate of one man hidden. But why? Together they must hunt down the lethal secrets of Blake’s company, hell-bent on staying one step ahead of disaster.
Jessie Mercado is not shrinking violet. Ex army, former bodyguard, makes Jessie able to handle just about any kind of danger. Most recently she has been hired as an incarceration consultant. What is that, she wondered? Well sometimes when the rich and famous are going to go away for a long time they have to get their affairs in order and that’s what her newest client is dealing with right now.
Before she can satisfy the needs of her newest client, Owen Blake, she needs to find locate his missing partner. She finds no shortage of suspects while she endeavors to make this happen. But she’s not working alone.
Movie star Brice is there for the entire ride, much to Jessie‘s consternation. Not only do the pair have a past, they still have a strong connection and Brice refuses to leave Jessie on her own as she deals with criminals of every sort.
Jessie is not new to readers of Roy Johansen and his mother Iris Johansen‘s current Kendra Michaels series. Kendra does have a role in this book but this is definitely Jessie‘s story from beginning to end. I love the pacing, the drama, the action, the sexual tension, and the fact that this is the first book in what promises to be a fabulous series.
Many thanks to Grand Central Publishing and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Later, Johansen collaborated with comic book legend Stan Lee in creating The Accuser superhero character, which appeared in a series of animated adventures from Stan Lee Media. Johansen has written screenplays for Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, Disney, and MGM.
More recently, Johansen has written several New York Times bestselling mystery novels, including "The Answer Man," "Beyond Belief," "Deadly Visions," "Silent Thunder," "Storm Cycle," "Shadow Zone, "Close Your Eyes," "Sight Unseen," "The Naked Eye" and "Night Watch."
His next thriller will be released by Grand Central Publishing in 2021.