Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Judas Kiss-J.T. Ellison

Judas Kiss
J.T. Ellison
Mira, Jan 2009, $6.99
ISBN 9780778326298

Nashville police homicide investigator Lieutenant Taylor Jackson leads the investigation into the brutal murder of pregnant Corrine Wolff. There is a first hand witness to the homicide, Corrine’s young daughter Hayden whose stunned aunt finds her blond hair strawberry colored by blood.

The violence of the crime normally means a family member in a fit of rage committed the murder. Thus the prime suspect is Corrine’s husband, Todd. Taylor has some reservations especially when she learns the Wolff pair were filming pornography. To her chagrin, an X-rated film of Taylor surfaces that could destroy her police career and end her engagement to FBI agent John Baldwin; who has his own woes as an enemy plots to enact revenge on him and his loved ones.

The third Nashville police procedural (see ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS and 14) is a fast-paced action-packed thriller in which the three prime subplots work to make a terrific novel. Taylor is concerned over what her youthful indiscretion will do to her personal and professional lives while trying to remain focused on the horrific murder case. Readers will enjoy JUDAS KISS, a strong investigative tale.

Harriet Klausner