I’ll bring Hadley home. Whatever it takes. Whatever it costs. Whoever has to die.
There’s a gang war unfolding on the streets of Seattle. A young boy has been killed in a drive-by shooting, and the ensuing chaos threatens to engulf the city. Normally, chief of detectives Mort Grant would be dealing with the fallout—but right now, his mind is elsewhere. . . .
In one gut-wrenching phone call, Mort’s worst fears are realized. His granddaughter Hadley has been kidnapped, and the culprit is his own flesh and blood: Allie, his daughter and Hadley’s aunt. Now, desperate for any sign of the missing six-year-old girl, Mort turns once again to the relentless vigilante called The Fixer for help.
After rising to the top of one of the largest criminal enterprises in the world, Allie Grant has turned her focus back on her family. But since they’ve rebuffed all her attempts at contact, she’s punishing them the only way she knows how. With an endless stream of cash and connections that span the globe, Allie makes a formidable target. But The Fixer boasts the deadliest weapon of all: her razor-sharp mind.
What I liked: The end of the last book, Fixed in Fear, was gut wrenching for Mort and his son and even The Fixer, Lydia. Allie Mort's daughter) is mad at her family for not readily accepting her back into the fold. (They all know she’s a stone cold killer and Lydia – a psychologist, knows Allie is a sociopath). To punish her family, Allie has taken Hadley, her 6-year-old niece. Of course Hadley has no idea she’s technically been abducted, she’s just having fun being spoiled by her aunt.
Mort is torn. He doesn’t want to report the abduction to the police in order to protect his daughter from any further criminal charges, so he turns to his good friend, The Fixer. Lydia knows exactly who and what she’s dealing with. She sees Allie more clearly than anyone else. Lydia pools all her resources to find Allie and bring Hadley safely home.
The parallel story deals with a gang killing. Mort’s team is doing what they can but Mort needs a distraction from all the havoc Allie is causing. A well liked young boy with a bright future is gunned down on the streets in gang territory. There are two rival gangs, 97s who are an off-shoot of the Pico Underground. The young boy killed, Banjo, is the younger brother of the second in command of the Picos. Kashawn Meadows goes directly to the leader of the 97s, D’Loco, to claim he killed the boy in order to become a member of the 97s.
There is a whole power thing going on between the 97s and the Picos but Mort feels there’s more to the story. He delves into the leaders and the motives behind the killing with surprising results. Ms Woods writing on the gangs was blood chilling. I really don’t know about her research but she made it all seem logical and real. It’s not quite an in-depth look but certainly felt horrific to me. I can’t even image people living the way these men/boys do.
When reading a book in this series (Justice/Mort Grant), I know I’m going to lose sleep. There are no slow parts and just a few places to take a breath. Watching Lydia and Allie match wits is like watching a beautifully choreographed dance. I’m transformed into an eager bystander watching the moves and counter-moves between these two ladies. Ms Woods has developed the characters and while still growing, they feel unbelievably real. Even the secondary characters are given their due and have major parts to play.
I enjoy the pacing and the development of the story as much as the plot itself. Dead End Fix is a very complete book and I’m wondering after the ending where Ms Woods will take the series next. I’m still rooting for Lydia to open up and take a chance on her love interest but after the events in this book, I’m not sure that’s going to happen. Of course, Ms Woods has shocked me in the past with the different directions she’s taken the plots and the characters.
What I didn’t like: Yeah, I got nothing. I loved it all!
You won't hear me say this very often but I actually think the later books in this series are underpriced. Yep, you heard that correctly. Dead End Fix is a steal at $2.99.
Highly Recommended (Please, please start with the very first book in the series, The Fixer)