A Dylan Scott Mystery
Before his disgraceful dismissal from the police force, Dylan Scott worked undercover to get close to notorious drug dealer Joe Child. Now, Dylan works as a P.I.--and Child heads up a religious commune near Dawson's Clough. But after two girls go missing from the refuge, the cops need Dylan's help to find out if Child is saving souls as a cover for something more sinister.
The investigation means going back undercover as a petty crook--a tough gig for a detective who has recently worked some high-profile cases in Lancashire. Even on a remote farm, Dylan's in constant danger of being recognized. Not to mention the strain his long absences have put on his family life.
Still, Dylan won't rest until he finds the missing girls. But the longer he looks, the harder it is to tell the sinners from the saints. And the truth may be more than this bleak northern town can handle.
In Deadly Shadows Dylan Scott goes undercover for the Dawson’s Clough police in an attempt to solve the missing person cases of two young women. The only connection between Caroline Aldridge and Farrah Brindle is Joe Childs’ religious refuge/commune. Joe’s supposedly found God and is now helping the poor, homeless, and saving souls right and left. Dylan doesn’t believe in a leopard changing its spots and knows Joe has something to do with the missing girls.
In Deadly Shadows we finally learn the details about Dylan’s incarceration and expulsion from the police force. Now Dylan has a second chance to nail Joe Child, the career criminal whose claim of “undue force” was behind it all.
Dylan resurrects his former undercover persona, Dave Young, to once again get close to Joe Child. Dylan discovers the cases of Caroline and Farrah, while recent, are rooted in the past. He knows in his gut the answers lie in shared histories. All he needs to do is find the right people and ask the right questions. When Anna, another young girl who’d been at the refuge recently, disappears on Dylan’s “watch” he feels a renewed sense of urgency.
While Dylan has to delve into a dark and dangerous past, Bev is firmly rooted in the present and wondering if she’ll have a future. Despite her independence, Bev discovers just how much she relies on and needs Dylan when a health scare/crisis occurs. Bev’s POV chapters had my stomach clenching and heart racing with fear. Bev has to face one of a woman’s worst fears while Dylan is deep undercover and unable to be by her side.
The introduction of a highly placed potentially influential character raises many questions for me. Will they return? If they do the possibilities are boggling.
Deadly Shadows has everything I’ve come to expect from Dylan and Ms. Wells but still and yet it read different; a sense of being on the brink maybe?
Deadly Shadows opens and closes with Dylan’s past. Demons from his past are laid to rest while others are resurrected. With all the twists and turns, Deadly Shadows is the most intense Dylan to date. By the end I was fairly wrung out while also feeling hopeful and on edge. I sincerely hope the next installment isn’t too far out.
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