Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Edge of Night-Jill Sorenson

The Edge of Night
Jill Sorenson
Dell, Apr 5 2011, $7.99
ISBN 9780553592634

California border town Chula Vista police officer Noah Young works gang-related crime. He aspires to one day switch to the homicide division as an investigator. His first opportunity to investigate a rape and murder occurs when someone assaulted and killed a cocktail waitress.

He goes to the popular club where the victim worked and meets single mom April Ortiz, who is also a cocktail waitress struggling to support her daughter. Noah knows he must keep away from someone associated with the case, but is attracted to April. She feels the same way, but when she breaks the law of the street by giving him the tip of a gangbanger’s name, April places herself and her child in jeopardy.

No one will feel safe walking the mean streets of the town that borders on Tijuana after reading Jill Sorensen’ vividly violent scenes; even the sex is hot but rough. The investigation is cleverly devised with a link to a cold case and Noah’s sister, but the tale belongs to the gangbangers who “patrol” their fiefdom like rulers in which no one breaks their law and lives. The edge of Night is a deep dark drama.

Harriet Klausner

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