Eighteen years ago, TV crime reporter Andi Hollister's sister was murdered. The convicted killer sits behind bars, his execution date looming. But when a letter surfaces stating that the condemned didn't do the crime, Detective Will Kincaide of the Memphis Cold Case Unit will stop at nothing to help Andi get to the bottom of it. After all, this case is personal: the man who confessed to the crime is Will's cousin. Andi and Will must find the real killer before the wrong person is executed. But what can happen in only a week? Uncovering police corruption, running for your life, and, perhaps, falling in love?
Justice Delayed is a classic "who-done-it" story with multiple rabbit trails, many different suspects, and a hero/heroine who won't rest until justice is served.
Driven to find the truth, Andi Hollister is a tenacious investigative reporter who doesn't let threats or trouble stop her from getting her story. Her actions at times bring others around her into dangerous situations, so much more so when she starts digging into her sister's murder. Detective Will Kincaide, who is equally determined (but perhaps more level-headed), reluctantly teams up with the fireball Andi to search for the truth together. He is just as invested in clearing is cousin's name, but as his attraction for Andi grows, he is hesitant to put Andi in danger, often pitting the two at odds with each other.
Trouble falls quickly on the heels of each new revelation as Andi and Will pull back the layers of the past to get to the bottom of the mystery once and for all. As sparks of romance begin to fly between the two main characters, Andi and Will have to decide whether a relationship between them is something worth pursuing - at the risk of potentially damaging their long-standing friendship should the relationship fail. Another angle is introduced to the story as one of the characters in the book struggles with an addiction to narcotics. The story of addiction for the character was an eye-opener in showing how someone can so easily, so simply, come to rely too heavily upon pain medication. Of course, the results of the addiction can be devastating, and it serves as a reminder that we can never be too careful in using heavy painkillers.
Justice Delayed was an intriguing story that I enjoyed reading. I'm looking forward to Andi's brother's story in Justice Buried, set to come out later this year!
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.