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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Book Review: Flame Out by M.P. Cooley

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from William Morrow, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Since we were talking about 'hazardous' situations earlier....


June Lyons, the former FBI-agent-turned-small-town-cop introduced in the acclaimed Ice Shear must solve two connected cases whose roots stretch back decades in time—and dangerously touch the lives of those closest to her.
As a police officer in the rust belt town of Hopewell Falls, New York, June Lyons keeps an eye on the abandoned factories that line the Mohawk River. Spotting a slick of gasoline running across the parking lot of an old apparel factory, she quickly heads inside the building, where she discovers an unconscious woman too close to the flame. The fire destroys the building down to its sub-basements, and the badly burned woman June rescued is in a coma. No one knows who she is or how she got there.
Thirty years ago, June’s father made a name for himself when he arrested the factory’s owner, Bernie Mede, for killing his wife and child, though their bodies were never found. Sifting through the factory’s ruins, June and her partner Dave Batko discover a woman’s body sealed in a barrel. Surely, it’s Luisa Mede and the case file can be closed. But the body isn’t Bernie’s wife, it’s Dave’s mother, a troubled party-girl who disappeared when Dave was young.
As June and her neighbors discover, beneath Hopewell Falls’ charming façade lies some unbearably ugly truths—secrets that are only beginning to surface. With the case growing more complex, she teams with FBI Special Agent Hale Bascom to find answers—before everyone she loves, and the town itself, spin dangerously out of control. 


June Lyons is a flawed, honest character, and her personality comes from her hardworking dad. This second book in the series examines that relationship and how his career ultimately shaped her career. This new case, which really isn't hers, but she is involved in due to her discovery of the body, she learns just what secrets have been kept in her close knit circle of friends and their extended families, and even close to home, by her dad. The mystery of who the killer really was will leave readers guessing, as more than one suspect becomes apparent as secrets are revealed.This is a roller coaster page turner and I urge you to put it on your MUST read list for the Summer (it releases in 2 weeks)!

About the Author:

M.P Cooley grew up in upstate New York, living in both Auburn and Albany. She attended Barnard College and worked in publishing for over a decade, specializing in business books. She currently lives in Campbell, California. Ice Shear, her first novel, was recently nominated for an Anthony Award. Check out her webpage and Facebook pages for more info.

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