Monday, November 18, 2013

Review: The Last Clinic by Gary Gusick

The Last Clinic by Gary Gusick

Outside the local women’s health clinic, the Reverend Jimmy Aldridge waving his protest sign is a familiar sight. But that changes early one morning when someone shoots the beloved Reverend Jimmy dead. Sheriff Shelby Mitchell knows the preacher’s murder will shock the good people of Jackson—and the pressure to find the killer is immediate and intense, which is why Shelby calls in detective Darla Cavannah.

When police detective Darla moved from Philadelphia to Jackson with her husband—hometown football hero Hugh “the Glue” Cavannah—she never imagined the culture shock that awaited. Then after Hugh dies in a car crash, Darla enters a self-imposed exile in her Mississippi home, taking a leave of absence from the sheriff’s department. Now she’s called back to duty—or coerced, more like it, with Shelby slathering on his good-ole-boy charm nice and thick, like on a helping of barbecue.

Reluctantly partnered with a mulish Elvis impersonator, Darla keeps a cool head even as the community demands an arrest. The court of public opinion has already convicted the clinic’s doctor, Stephen Nicoletti, but Darla is just as sure he’s not guilty—even as she fights her growing attraction to him. From the genteel suburbs to a raunchy strip club, Darla follows a trail of dirty money and nasty secrets—until the day of judgment comes, and she faces down an ungodly assassin.

My Thoughts:
A reverend who is a regular protester outside the local women's clinic is one day shot dead. Darla Cavannah is on the case. There are plenty of twists and lots of suspense, even a bit of humor. I thought this was well-written and held my attention right until the end. The romance was a little flat for me, but it's not a romance so I wasn't too worried about it. The ending took me by surprise, but made complete sense. Just right for a good mystery. And Darla was tough with a dry sense of humor that I enjoyed. Very readable.

My Rating: ****
Steam Factor: !!
*Notes: Some strong language.

My Source: NetGalley

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About the author:
Gary Gusick is a former advertising executive with more than thirty years experience as a copywriter and creative director. He is a winner of numerous national and international awards for creative excellence in advertising. The Last Clinic is his first novel.

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