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MALICE IN METROPOLIS is set in the real-life town of Metropolis, Illinois and features the fictional Sheriff Joe Dalton. The book starts with a bang as Dalton is waiting for a contact to meet him in a rural area and is shot and left for dead by an unknown assailant. He survives with a broken jaw but his family, staff, and local dignitaries are the targets of mysterious shootings.
With his staff stretched thin and a calamity around every corner, Dalton is hard pressed to keep everyone safe and do much investigating at the same time. But he has his suspicions that the attacks are related to a previous case, especially when he finds out one of the criminals he helped convict has just gotten out of prison. But staying alive to thwart the suspected assailant may be a problem.
Cruse has developed some great characters for her Metropolis series. The Sheriffâ€™s co-workers and the extended Dalton family appear in this book and all seem real and personable. Cruse does a good job of depicting a group of people trying to deal with an unusual situation when their friends and families are in danger.
MALICE IN METROPOLIS is a fast and enjoyable read. If I had a complaint about the book it would be that more suspects werenâ€™t developed. This book is less a mystery than it is a race to see if Dalton can identify and catch the assailant before any more damage is done.
Favorite character? Daltonâ€™s wife Ginger, whose main concern is protecting her loved ones, but who still takes time to give Dalton hell when the sump pump dies. He refused to call the plumber, you see. Did I guess it? Yes. Will I read another? Yes. Malice is the fourth book in the Metropolis series and I will go back and read the others.
Mystery Book Reviews by Liz at http://reviewedbyliz.com Â©2007