The burn

Kathleen Kent, 1953-

Book - 2020

"There's not much that can make Detective Betty Rhyzyk flinch. But the physical and emotional wounds are still fresh from an encounter with an apocalyptic cult known as The Family, and she's having trouble readjusting to life as it once was. She's back at work as a narcotics detective, but something isn't right-at work, where someone has been assassinating confidential informants, or at home, where she struggles to connect with her loving wife, Jackie. To make matters wo...rse, Betty's partner seems to be increasingly dependent on the prescription painkillers he was prescribed for the injuries he sustained rescuing her. Forced into therapy, a desk assignment, and domestic bliss, Betty's at the point of breaking when she decides to go rogue, investigating her own department and chasing down phantom sightings of the cult leader who took her hostage. The chase will lead her to the dark heart of a drug cartel terrorizing Dallas, and straight to the crooked cops who plan to profit from it all. There's never a dull moment in Dallas, especially now that Detective Betty's back"--

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Kent, Kathleen, 1953- Detective Betty Rhyzyk series ; 2.
Detective and mystery fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Mystery fiction
New York : Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company 2020.
First edition
Physical Description
337 pages ; 25 cm
Main Author
Kathleen Kent, 1953- (author)
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Edgar-finalist Kent's harrowing sequel to 2017's The Dime finds narcotics detective Betty Rhyzyk still recovering from her violent clash with a cultlike family of meth dealers, and her restless time on medical leave has taken a toll on her longtime girlfriend, Jackie, and their relationship. Her first day back at Dallas PD, Betty is eager to help flush out Alfonso Ruiz Zena (aka the Knife), head of the security force for Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. A brutalized body provides a clue, but Betty's soon relegated to desk duty and ordered to see a therapist. As the bodies of drug dealers begin to pile up, the word on the street is that the shooter might be a cop, and Betty starts working her network of confidential informants for any leads on a killer who may be hiding in plain sight. The blunt, volatile, and relentlessly brave Betty leaps off the page, and Kent hits her with a frequently terrifying obstacle course of hair-raising scenarios. Readers will clamor for the irresistible Betty's next chapter. Agent: Julie Barer, Book Group. (Feb.)

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Alas for Dallas narcotics detective Betty Rhyzyk. Not only is she having trouble readjusting to life after a brutal run-in with an apocalyptic cult, but her informants are being knocked off, her partner is getting hooked on prescription painkillers (having suffered injuries while rescuing her), and her wife is feeling left out. And it gets worse: now Betty must face down a local drug cartel and a bunch of corrupt cops. From the author of the Edgar Award-nominated The Dime.

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Dallas detective Betty Rhyzyk is back in action and looking to take down a brutal cartel assassin responsible for several murders in Kent's (The Dime, 2019, etc.) modern noir.Several months after she was rescued from torture and imprisonment at the hands of Evangeline Roy and her ring of meth dealers, Betty has begun healing, though her inability to run off stress because of an injured leg, coupled with her denial of her post-traumatic fears, is driving her girlfriend, Jackie, crazy. She returns to active duty as a narcotics detective, but following some bad decisions, she's quickly relegated to a desk by her sergeant, Marshall Maclin. The narcotics division is busy tracking down a man known as El Cuchillo (The Knife), the leader of the Sinaloa cartel's particularly brutal security force, but when local drug dealers begin turning up dead, Betty becomes concerned by rumors that the true killer might not be El Cuchillo but rather a cop with a score to settle. Though she doesn't want to admit it, her secret suspicions fall on her partner, Seth, who has been keeping company with known dealers, stealing crime scene evidence, and exhibiting signs of addiction. With the help of some unorthodox investigators, including a homeless pregnant girl and Jackie's Vietnam vet uncle, Betty sets out to track down a confidential informant who may be able to identify the cop involvedheading straight back into danger. In this second outing for Detective Rhyzyk, the action is all a little closer to home, and Kent continues to reinvent and subvert traditional noir expectations with the larger-than-life, damaged, courageous Betty. Like many a noir detective before her, she is constantly running into the wall of her own vulnerability, wounded just as much by her own stubborn code of loyalty as she is by those attacking her.Action-driven mystery anchored by dynamic, deep characters. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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