Shadow Laws

Published By: Dark Sky Publishing, Inc.

Book Category: Fiction, Suspense

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Reviewed by Andrea Sisco

Denver homicide detective Bryson Coventry returns (Night Laws) in Jim Michael Hansen's Shadow Laws. Art student Ashley Conner is missing and Coventry believes she's been hunted and captured by a vicious killer who kills his targets after playing a game of dice with them. If they lose, they die. Attorney Taylor Sutton has been hired by her long-time friend, Nick Trotter, to locate a mysterious client whom he thinks is a killer.

At first glance, it appears that Coventry and Sutton are investigating separate crimes and killers. But their cases soon intersect. The hunters become the hunted, a person without a name becomes a trusted confidant, and others hide deadly secrets.

Shadow Laws is a thriller that will keep you turning the pages while you remind yourself to breathe. Hansen's ability to build what appear to be separate stories that ultimately intersect is a talent not often seen in the thriller genre. His realistic approach caused me some bad dreams and I found myself making sure my doors were locked and when driving I kept looking over my shoulder. That's a powerful storyteller.

That said, I didn't understand and didn't like attorney Taylor Sutton. She was an over-the-top character who came off as an unsympathetic drunken 'slut.' I might have liked her if the reasons for her behavior had been explained.

Armchair Interviews says: Overall, Shadow Laws is a scintillating story.

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