LA Burning by DC Taylor. Crooked Lane, $ 27.99 (288p) ISBN 978-1-64385-778-7


DC Taylor. Crooked Lane, $ 27.99 (288p) ISBN 978-1-64385-778-7

Cody Bonner, the vulnerable and tenacious protagonist of this mind-boggling Taylor thriller (the Michael Cassidy series written as David C. Taylor), rejected the decorative social role intended for him as the daughter of a movie star and has rather slipped into drug addiction and crime as a teenager. After serving six years in prison for a bank robbery, she now intends to elucidate the murder of her identical twin, Julie, a lawyer whose body was found on a Malibu beach two years earlier. As she gathers information from her high school friends who are now showbiz executives, her attention is drawn to Harry Groban, her mother’s powerful agent, who allegedly sexually abused young women. When she learns that Julie was investigating Groban, she feverishly begins to plan her revenge. But she hasn’t paid enough attention to a determined LAPD lieutenant, who is there to nail her down for the bank heists she ran off with. As the action continues unabated until an apocalyptic conclusion amid a Southern California wildfire, Taylor reveals just how complex human motivation can be. He upped his game with this scary and exciting revelation. Agent: Lisa Gallagher, DeFiore and Co. (February)


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