Where I Got It: Own it.
Who I Recommend This To: Very adult nature, so be sure you want to explore it before you pick it up.
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing (2013)
Length: 115 pages
Larry and Maureen (Mo) Laughlin are private investigators who have slowed down from selective killing. However, their latest case requires they reawaken their old skills. A wealthy couple had traveled to Mexico on vacation with their daughter, who was kidnapped. A ransom has been demanded, but the parents are not hopeful they will see their daughter again, and if they do, she has probably not remained unmolested. The parents want vengeance and hire Larry and Mo to identify and kidnap the kidnappers, bringing them to their demise. As the case unfolds, the reader learns more about Larry and Mo through memories and flashbacks and a few confessions that put a strain on their relationship.
Honestly, I am not quite sure how to write this review as this was a tough, harsh book. Yet for anyone who has family or friends or who has lived through some tough crap, as captured in this book, has probably held a fantasy of doing some vengeance killing. And that is how it started for both Mo and Larry. Each molested as children, they grow up to put an end to it for other children, taking on assassination jobs where the targets are child molesters. Their work has taken them all over the world in the decade or so they have been together. But as time went on, Larry lost his taste for it and urged both of them into the mostly legal and tame job of PI. However, Mo had never really lost her desire for it, and eagerly looks forward to this current case.
This case ends brutally. The violence isn’t all sexied up like what Hollywood usually does with rape. So on one hand I applaud the author, Edward Lorn, for not falling into that common trap. On the other hand, I don’t think I could read this book if I was in a sad or dark place myself. Despite the dark nature of this book, I found it compelling and I read it over 2 nights. I look forward to seeking out other Lorn novels, as mood permits me.
What I Liked: Vengeance fantasies are usually interesting because of the psychology involved – such as in this book; I think Larry did the right thing at the end.
What I Disliked: Mo’s character was a little over the top at times and sometimes I didn’t quite get her; Larry and Mo recover from some ‘minor’ gun shot wounds over a period of hours – unlikely in the real world.