For the heroes on the Las Vegas Strip getting up close and personal with the worst of society is part of the job. Detective Beau Williams finds himself in such a scenario as a serial killer is dumping random bodies in his jurisdiction. His work leaves little time for dating and he really wants to find a cultured and refined man. Investigative Technician Austin Kent always has a joke at the ready, even at his own expense, and is constantly tripping over his own feet or whatever else may be in path. He is not at all what Beau thought he was looking for, but looks can be deceiving.
A traumatic incident at work leaves a drunken Austin making a fool of himself in front of Beau. When their paths cross again, Austin believes he has blown any chance he might have had with Beau. But, the work of a serial killer has Beau and Austin not only figuring out the twists of the case, but figuring out they may just have something together. If only one of them would say something before the killer has a chance to silence them both.
Justice Prevails brings us the third book in the Sin City Uniforms series. While characters from the second book do appear, it can be read as a stand alone.
Morticia Knight has a talent for injecting personality into her characters and offering them up with entertaining conversational banter. Austin is constantly stumbling over his words and himself and when Beau touches on a subject that Austin is not ready to talk about, we get an example of what she excels at:
He clenched and unclenched his fists a few times, then intertwined his fingers before setting his hands in his lap. He then proceeded to squeeze them so hard he thought the digits might snap in half.
“You’re just sitting there. How could you have hurt yourself?”
“You’d be amazed.”
There is a lot of similar banter with the two men, which may be fueled by Austin’s habit of drinking a “Venti mocha, four pumps, two extra shots, with whip.”
Austin and Beau are opposites. Where Beau is serious, Austin is always looking for the joke so he doesn’t have to express his feelings. However, I just was not feeling the relationship with these guys. While I can appreciate that self esteem has no age limit, thirty-five-year old Austin was fairly immature and read as much younger. When the guys hook up for the first time, Austin was surprised that Beau was interested and that’s the way the book read. There was little heat on page between the two men. And, then after barely meeting, and Beau all of a sudden realizing that his entire way of thinking for years was shallow, they talk about, “blending their lives.” It was just one of those cases where, while some of their encounters were steamy, the two men as a couple did not work for me.
The serial killer plot did not hang well together for me and the way it played out was not tightly put together and not believable. The book is shorter in length and it all felt rushed. There was also a random side character in Austin’s life that showed up in the beginning of the book and then reappeared for a conversation that did not add to the story or advance the plot. Add that to another side scenario with Austin’s boss and I was left with questions as to why those scenes were really there.
I enjoyed the first two book in this series and when I hear that Knight has a new book out, I will often stop and take a second look. This was the first one that really didn’t work for me. I was disappointed, but certainly not discouraged, and will check out future books in the series on life on the Las Vegas strip.