The brutal murder of a business tycoon leaves Afton Tangler and the Twin Cities reeling, but that’s just the beginning of a gruesome crime spree…
Leland Odin made his fortune launching a home shopping network, but his millions can’t save his life. On the list for a transplant, the ailing businessman sees all hope lost when the helicopter carrying his donor heart is shot out of the sky.
Now with two pilots dead and dozens injured, Afton Tangler, family liaison officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, is drawn into the case. As she and her partner investigate family members and business associates, whoever wants Leland dead strikes again—and succeeds—in a brazen hospital room attack.
The supposedly squeaky clean millionaire has crossed the wrong person—and she’s not finished exacting her revenge. The case explodes into an international conspiracy of unbridled greed and violence. And as Afton gets closer to unearthing the mastermind behind it, she gets closer to becoming collateral damage…
The protagonist’s occupation alone gives a hint that this book is not your standard police procedural. Although the description for “Shadow Girl” is reminiscent of a thriller, this is actually more of a “soft” police procedural.
With steady pacing and a well-thought-out plot, the story culminates in a suspenseful ending. Also, there are good descriptions of setting, time and place which help to anchor the reader to the Minneapolis landscape.
Fans of hard-core police procedurals or thrillers may shy away from this book due to a lack of intense violence or strong language. However, there are mild versions of those elements which have been tempered so as not to be graphic.
The plot has enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged throughout. A good fit for those who want a cop-focused mystery without some of the usual elements.