Even for a cop with twenty years LAPD experience, that’s a handful. Ron reaches out to his old partner, Keely Powell for help. Then the feds arrive. First, it’s Special Agent John Tall Wolf of the BIA, Bureau of Indian Affairs. Next, to stir the pot further, the FBI sends in Special Agent Abra Benjamin, who tells Ron her goal is to “eat Tall Wolf’s lunch.”
Tracking down a terrorist, finding a killer and keeping everyone’s lines of responsibility straight would be challenge enough for any cop, but Ron has other worries, too. While sorting out the list of possible suspects for Tibbot’s murder, the chief realizes he has to include Goldstrike’s mayor and movie icon, Clay Steadman, and his own father, Walter Ketchum.
What I liked: If you look around on my blog, you'll see I really enjoy suspense and thriller novels. I tried the first book in this series, Nailed, just because I was familiar with Mr. Flynn's other works. I'm not normally a huge mystery fan.
This series just isn't about the mystery though and that's what drew me into continuing the series. I enjoy the characters and the setting of Defiled as much as the plot. I think Nailed was an introduction to the characters and I'm not sure if Mr. Flynn initially intended it as a series because it seems a fair amount of time has passed since the ending of Nailed. Or, it could be he has two other series going and just didn't have the time to add to this one.
Chief of Police Ron Ketchum has his hands full with not only an act of terrorism but a murder at the same time. In addition, his father is living in Mayor Steadman's house while collaborating on a film of his life. Ron's father, Walter, was portrayed in Nailed as longstanding bigot and since a horrible incident, has lost touch with his son. Now, though, Walter is somewhat reformed and ready to establish closer contact with Ron.
Mayor Clay Steadman (Mayor for Life) is also an "A" list Hollywood leading man. He is ridiculously wealthy and isn't afraid to use his money to help his town, Goldstrike, or any of its citizens. He's honest with the residents, keeps them up to date on what's happening within their community, and what he has planned for the future of their little (but growing) town. (Note: To get the full background on Goldstrike and its early inhabitants, I recommend you start with the first book, Nailed)
There is a lot of action going on in Defiled with two investigations running so close together and maybe intertwined. The terrorism plot brings in two characters from the Jim McGill Series and John Tall Wolf Series. Yep, John Tall Wolf is dipping his hand into the reasoning behind the averted terrorism try and FBI Special Agent Abra Benjamin drops in to help out or maybe just to take some credit. Head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Marlene Flower Moon, also shows up and you can never tell what her agenda is.
What I didn't like: There was so much going on in Defiled, I was almost shell shocked. Can a book have too much action/plots that they step all over each other? It was close but Mr. Flynn drew it in and finished with some surprises!
I ran the gamut of emotions with Defiled. Happy, sad, disturbed and a bit in awe of how Mr. Flynn wove everything together and yet was able to throw in some big twists at the end!!