Black Hills by Jennifer Schneider
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Normally you find the detective in detective stories are generally “good” people and often ex-public servants police or military. Alice Riley bucks the trend, a drug user, a liar and cheat she is not the norm but does have a morality streak for good. Originally a journalist Alice is asked by a friend to investigate the arrest of her husband geologist working in the oil and gas fracking fields around Whitehurst in South Dakota. Very quickly Alice finds this place totally unlike home in New York, with prostitution and drug and alcohol use the norm for almost all who live there. This novel is packed with violence, sex, greed and corruption that always makes a good crime story. The style is very easy to read and does not contain that annoying extra text used to pad out some books. All in all, this is a very entertaining and fast moving read and would recommend it without hesitation.
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