Five Star, Oct 12 2011, $25.95
FBI agent Tyonek Horse persuades retired NCIS agent Woodrow Barstow to meet him in Summerlin‚ Florida. Soon afterward, the murdered corpse of Barstow is found on a nearby beach. Cherokee City Sheriff Derek Chubleigh assigns Detective Sergeant Randa Sorel to investigation the murder.
However, the FBI claims jurisdiction due to national security concerns since the victim was NCIS. The Feds order Chubleigh to hand over the case to Agent in Charge Tyonek Horse. Chubleigh demands the FBI explain to him why he should cede the inquiry to them when the Feds hide behind the fog of national security as he needs something concrete to explain to the media. Sorel continues her scrutiny into the activities of Barstow that leads her to his probe into arms merchant Raphael Cardozo and Iraqi defector Abu Mosul, but soon finds herself marked for death by the international criminal military law enforcement complex.
This is an entertaining police procedural in which the killer investigates the murder he committed. The twisted story line is fast-paced as Sorel struggles with her boss, her boyfriend’s family connection, the Feds and a crime syndicate. Although key cast members lack depth especially Horse and Barstow, fans will enjoy this exciting Florida whodunit.