Breakneck by Erica Spindler is the second book that features Detectives Mary Catherine (M.C.) Riggio and Kitt Lundgren of the Violent Crimes Bureau.  Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, January 2009

A remorseless killer. A string of innocent, clean-cut victims. Detectives M.C. Riggio and Kitt Lundgren must race against a cold-blooded predator who moves at breakneck speed in this heart-pounding thriller from New York Times bestselling author Erica Spindler.

Hot on the heels of their last case, partners Mary Catherine (M.C.) Riggio and Kitt Lundgren, detectives in the police department’s Violent Crimes Bureau in industrial, blue-collar Rockford, Illinois, are called out to a college student’s apartment where a young man with no criminal record, not even a noise complaint from his neighbors, appears to have been murdered in his sleep.

The trail seems cold, until another victim turns up, and then another… each one striking closer to home for M.C. The growing list of seemingly emotionless kills leaves M.C. and Kitt little to follow—like the first victim, all the targets are young adults, kid-next-door types who’ve never taken a step outside the law. Meanwhile, the case starts to take its toll on M.C.’s personal life, setting her on edge with her partner and putting their hard-earned friendship in jeopardy. As M.C. and Kitt hunt a faceless killer, they are led deep into the cyberuniverse, where no one is who he seems and you never know who’s watching. At the heart of this mesmerizing thriller is the relationship between two headstrong women as they struggle to balance their dual roles, to learn to trust, and to walk the fine line between upholding the law—and taking it into their own hands.

Their recent case hits a little too close to home for M.C.  A young man who appears squeaky clean is found dead with his neck broken and his computer is missing.  M.C.’s fiancé drives her intoxicated cousin home and is shot dead just after they’ve announced their engagement in a possible case of being there at the wrong time.  Notes are left with M.C. suggesting that she didn’t know her fiancé as well as she thought.  Soon after, M.C.’s cousin is found dead and his computer goes missing.  A third victim is found dead with her neck with a missing computer.  Are these deaths connected?  A hint of a cyber crime, missing money and privacy becomes the motive and both detectives are in a race against time to find the killer before more bodies and lives are destroyed.  Both detectives walk a fine line at balancing out their professional and personal lives.  This was an enjoyable read and I couldn’t put this book down.  [3.5 stars – liked it]

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