Price Of Justice by Alan Brenham.
His focus is on solving the murders–until the unthinkable happens…
Recently widowed, Austin Police Detective Jason Scarsdale works to solve the murders of two pedophiles, while trying to be both mother and father to his five-year-old daughter. During his investigation, Scarsdale is forced to navigate between the crosshairs of two police commanders out to get him. Drawn to Austin Police Crime Analyst, Dani Mueller, who has also suffered tragedy, Scarsdale fights both his attraction and his suspicions that something just isn’t right…
She is hiding a secret, one that could not only cost her a job–it could end her life…
Dani hides a deadly past. After her daughter was brutally murdered, Dani exacted her revenge then changed her name and fled to Austin. But if her secret ever gets out, she knows there is no place she can hide from the murderer’s vicious family.
Pulled into a web of malice and deceit, Scarsdale and Dani discover the value of breaking the rules. Then just when they thought things couldn’t get worse…they do.
Review by Monica LaSarre, Author: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Austin crime fighting has a new hero (and I’ve discovered a new genre!)
…Before I gush about this book, I have to set the record straight: this book was The First crime novel I’ve ever read. Thanks to Mr. Brenham’s stellar book, I am a new fan of crime fiction. Not only was this book a great read, Mr. Brenham helped me discover an exciting genre that I will definitely read more of in the future. So, on a personal and heartfelt note, thanks for exposing me to something new, Mr. Brenham!
…So, let’s move on to my review of this book. Let me tell you about the elements included in this book that really worked well for the story. There were characters I could relate to, who grabbed my heart at their first introduction and didn’t let go even when the story ended. There was a story line I could relate to and characters who reacted to their circumstances in ways I could relate to (no spoilers here, but let’s just say that if my child were ever raped and killed, “vigilante” would be my new middle name). I loved that bad guys got the proverbial “what was comin’ to ’em” and that cops weren’t portrayed as perfect, because we all know they aren’t. The story was paced well: at a steady clip, with a few sharp turns and a satisfying abrupt landing at the end, at which point I finally remembered to breathe (reminded me of a thrilling sledding adventure I had recently). Mr. Brenham’s expertise in justice, law, and the criminal mind were evident. He knows his stuff and the story was completely authentic from that standpoint.
…I look forward to more from this author and I also would relish seeing this storyline serialized. I would really enjoy seeing more of Jason and Dani.
…As a life-long reader, I have to say my favorite thing about books is their ability to help us see a different side of a situation or relationship, perhaps an angle we wouldn’t normally explore on our own because of our own individual preferences and prejudices. Critique I’ve read about Price of Justice includes reader dissatisfaction with the speed at which Jason and Dani were attracted to each other, relative to how long it had been since Jason was widowed. To that I would reply: yes, it’s unlikely, but it happens. Love works at its own pace. I like that I got to think about that truth because of Mr. Brenham’s story.
…Thank you, Mr. Brenham, for not only an exciting introduction to a new genre, but for a highly entertaining read which kept me interested and on the edge of my seat for the entire wild ride. Well done, and let us hear more from your pen soon!
Paperback: 328 Pages
Publisher: Black Opal Books (November 30, 2013)
Thrillers (Police Procedurals)
Thrillers (Crime Action & Adventure)
Thrillers (Suspense Crime Fiction)
About The Author: Alan Brenham is the pen name of Alan Behr. He worked as a Texas law enforcement officer for over twenty years and as a criminal prosecutor and later criminal defense attorney for over twenty-five years. Today he lives in Texas with his wife, Lillian, where he’s working on his seventh novel.
His first crime novel, Price of Justice, won several awards including best in police/crime fiction. It also became a top 100 international bestseller. A second novel, Cornered, was released by Black Opal Books on July 13, 2014. Rampage, a sequel to Price of Justice, was released on July 4, 2015. His fourth book, Game Piece, was released in October 2018. A fifth novel, Hidden Intentions, was released on December 3, 2020. A sixth novel, titled No More Lies, is ready for the publisher while a seventh book, set in Paris, is being written.
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