13 Under the Wire by Gil Reavill

March 16, 2018
13 Under the Wire Book Cover 13 Under the Wire
Gil Reavill
Random House Publishing Group – Alibi
May 24, 2016

Los Angeles is in the grip of a monster riot. After thirty-six straight hours on duty, sheriff’s detective Layla Remington makes an error that could cost her badge. Shell-shocked, she retreats to the LASD’s temporary staging area: a once-grand mansion that Layla knows from what seems like a lifetime ago. . . .

It’s ten years earlier. Layla is twenty-two, a probationary cadet at the police academy. A childhood friend has died tragically in Tijuana, and Layla finds herself once again enmeshed in the lavish lives of the über-wealthy Loushane family. The privileged kids she grew up with are taking their places among the upper crust. But as Layla wraps up the late Simon Loushane’s affairs, she stumbles upon a clue to something very sinister that haunts the family.

Unable to quell her curiosity, Layla pulls at the threads of greed and tragedy—and unravels a twisted history of evil that stretches from the Gold Coast of Mexico to the Sonora Desert. And now, a decade later, those demons have come back to claim her.

13 Under the Wire by Gil Reavill
Review by Dawn Thomas
Rating: 4 stars

241 Pages
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Alibi
Release Date: May 24, 2016

Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Crime, Police Procedural

Layla Remington is a police officer in southern California. There are riots in the streets after a white officer shoots a Hispanic man. Layla sees an officer running down an alley and she goes after him. Next thing she knows, shots are fired and she is involved in a shooting. The story then jumps ten years into the past.

Simon Loushane is given an injection of high quality heroine and is pushed off a roof. His death is written off as a suicide. His father asks Layla to look into Simon’s death. Her investigation takes her to Tijuana and the place where he died.

The story bounces from the investigation in the past to the interrogation in the present. Layla Remington proves to be a great investigator and connects dots others cannot or will not see. If you like Lindsay Boxer by James Patterson or Jane Rizzoli by Tess Gerritsen, you will enjoy this book. A last note, there is a brutal abuse but the author does not go into details. He states what happens and moves on.

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