American Woman by Robert Pobi
(Excerpt from Goodreads) A stifling heat wave rolls into New York City, amplifying the already critical level of tension in the fragile concrete ecosystem. The air tastes of electricity—the negative charge of bad things to come—but everyone hopes it’s just the temperature. Then, on the morning homicide detective Alexandra “Hemi” Hemingway finds out she is pregnant, a twisted serial killer makes his debut. And the heat goes up.
Alexandra Hemingway, Hemi, is a detective in New York. The story starts with her kayaking around Manhattan trying to get her thoughts together. Earlier that morning, she learned that she is pregnant and doesn’t know if she could bring a child into this world. When she gets to work she gets a new case, a 10 year old child found in the river with his feet missing.
Another child goes missing, his driver brutally killed, and a tip gets called in about a guy that had in front of a judge years prior. Although they find evidence of missing children in his apartment, he can’t be the killer that they are looking for. Hemi finds a link between the children and a local fertility clinic, but it’s not going to be easy to figure out all the information when their best lead ends up dead too.
I really liked this story. Hemi is a tough as nails cop that is still trying to work around some major drama in her past. But she is quick and won’t let anyone stand in her way. There are some great twists and some brutal killings. I couldn’t put this book down. The only thing that I didn’t like was the title doesn’t seem to fit the story. It also looks like it is part of a series but I didn’t see any indication if this was true or not.
This is a great mystery that you won’t want to put down. Now I’m going to have to find other books by Robert Pobi.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.