Next Of Kin by Melissa M. Garcia
(Death Valley Mystery) (Volume 2)

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"Detective Will Stellar is investigating the murder of a woman he grew up with, but after he’s thwarted at every turn by bureaucracy and department politics, an unknown town vigilante gruesomely takes matters into his own hands...Overall, the narrative provides enough satisfactions to entertain those looking for an uncomplicated murder mystery."
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As Homicide Detective Will Stellar comes to grips with his brother’s recent incarceration, he’s called out to the murder of a childhood friend. His investigation leads him to uncover secrets that could take down the Lake City Police Department and force him to walk a tightrope of politics and civic responsibility.
Troubled by the stall tactics that has allowed criminals to live in the quiet desert city, a vigilante, dubbed the Coyote decides to take matters into his own hands. He leaves the mutilated bodies of two violent criminals as a present to the city. As the city cheers on their new hero, the Coyote focuses on Detective Stellar's inability to close his case.
Pushed against two opposing forces, Detective Stellar finds an unlikely ally in motel owner and convicted murderer, Alex Delgado. Stellar is determined to stop the Coyote, even if it means breaking the rules. But dangling an irresistible target in front of the Coyote could put more at stake than just Stellar’s badge.
 

About Melissa M. Garcia

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Melissa M. Garcia has lived most of her life in the sometimes gritty, but always entertaining landscape that is Southern California. She is the author of the Los Angeles crime series featuring Luc Actar (including Falling Angels and Chasing Demons) and the Death Valley Mystery series (Stranger and Next of Kin). She has also published an e-book collection, Faith Departed: Short Stories of Mystery, Crime, and Despair. For more information visit www.melissamgarcia.com.
 
Published December 1, 2014 by Melissa M. Garcia. 214 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Excellent
Reviewed by Michel Violante on Feb 07 2015

This murder investigation will unravel information about the police department that will take Detective Stellar on a dangerous ride with a vigilante on a murder spree...The plot was filled with intrigue, mystery, and suspense, keeping me on the edge of my seat from start to end.

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Above average
on Mar 16 2015

"Detective Will Stellar is investigating the murder of a woman he grew up with, but after he’s thwarted at every turn by bureaucracy and department politics, an unknown town vigilante gruesomely takes matters into his own hands...Overall, the narrative provides enough satisfactions to entertain those looking for an uncomplicated murder mystery."

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