first, Rachel Vasquez found her new job working for private detective Clayton
Guthrie promising. He got her a gun and a license and took her to target
practice. But lately she’s just been doing surveillance, and it’s not her idea
of an exciting time. She is contemplating quitting when Guthrie lands an
intriguing case that will take all their wits and guts to solve.
Bowman, a beautiful blond Columbia student and Manhattan heiress, is found
dead, shot by a gun that belonged to her fiancé Greg Olsen, an Afghan war
veteran. Guthrie is hired to prove Olsen’s innocence, and fortunately he thinks
Olsen smells clean. The detectives return to the scene of the crime where they
see a vagrant who claims he heard the shots and picked the girl’s wallet.
Tiring of their questions, the vagrant flees, and Vasquez and Guthrie must
track a man who’s an expert at disappearing while also butting heads with
the NYPD, cracking doors at Columbia University, and crawling through the city’s
complicate matters, the murder could be part of a spree of killings being
called the Barbiedoll murders, in which women are killed for no apparent reason
and with no suspect in sight. The NYPD would like to pin them all on Olsen, and
his life will depend on Guthrie and Vasquez catching the real culprit. In a
race against time, the detectives gather clues that culminate in a bloody chase
of one very determined and surprising killer.
Cuts Through Bone is a suspenseful ride, a
novel that is atmospheric, stylistic, and gritty to boot. In Vasquez and
Guthrie, youth and brashness meet experience and resolve, making for one of the
most intriguing PI teams around. Debut author Alaric Hunt has penned a riveting
hardboiled mystery, a contemporary story with the feel of a classic PI novel
and a scope as large and complex as New York City, and even reaching beyond.
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