I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fixed in Blood by T. E. Woods
Genres: Crime, Mystery
Published by Alibi, Random House Pages: 280
Also by this author: The Fixer, The Red Hot Fix, The Unforgivable Fix, Hush Money
I become whatever they want. Whatever they need.
Seattle Chief of Detectives Mort Grant is still reeling from losing his daughter—again. When Allie first walked back into his life, breaking years of silence, he could hardly believe his luck. And after hearing her story, Mort tried to do everything in his power to keep her safe. The only person he trusted with Allie’s life was The Fixer. But, for the first time, The Fixer let him down.
Now Mort has been called in on a gruesome murder case: a beautiful young woman found in a ravine, her body riddled with stab wounds. Within twenty-four hours, the police uncover a snuff film depicting her murder, the killer’s face always just out of shot. When a second body and video are discovered, Mort knows this is no ordinary case.
From a chain of sleazy payday loan shops to the dark underworld of the sex-slave trade, Mort’s chasing a twisted menace to hell and back. But he’s not the only one. Once again, The Fixer is on the hunt—and she’s desperate to make things right.
Crystal had a good feeling about this job. Boss Man called her just three hours ago. Told her to get herself pretty, said he’d send a car for her.
What I thought of this book
This has been a pretty good series if your into crime novels like I am. It’s also a series you need to read in order. The author is really good at coming up with ways to blindside me when I think I know who is who..lol. I totally thought The Boss Man was someone else! This review could contain spoilers from previous books..no way of getting around it!
In book three Lydia disappointed Mort by letting his daughter leave. More than anything Mort who is a Seattle Police Detective blames himself for not being around enough when his daughter was a child. Maybe she would have turned out differently, but I don’t believe that for anything. He has a great son, but his daughter had a sense of how she wanted things to be and that is how they are to her. She went from being on drug cartel’s mistress to another and from there she is building up her own empire of sorts. She is evil, pure and simple and we get a glimpse of that evil in this book.
Lydia aka The Fixer helps one client find a job and it’s at a Rite Now Finance place, one of those really shade Pay Day Loan type places. She was also helping another client Delbe who was making great progress, but then after a frantic phone call from her about how she can’t come by any more, she’s been branded, she should have never taken that other job, etc. It has Lydia on ends to try and find out what is going on. Her other police friend Bauer can’t help her because there is nothing to go on, but that doesn’t mean the Fixer can’t. So she starts investigating starting with Rite Now Finance because Delbe had taken out a loan.
Meanwhile, Mort is investigating the death of two young girls and their connection sends him and his partner to Rite Now Finances. Lydia happens to be there at the same time and thinks she wasn’t seen but Mort sees her and pays a visit wanting to know what she was doing there. He walks a fine line with her because of who she is, but he has chosen not to turn her in. She tells him about Delbe and now she is helping Mort again like always.
Fixed in Blood takes you from the seedy world of prostitution rings, to Hollywood mega stars. I really feel sorry for Mort because he is learning his daughter is a horrible person. Mort is a solid guy and he has always been a by the books guy. Meeting the Fixer and letting her go was really hard for him but she saved his life and has continued to help him out when needed. He doesn’t like to push her to far for fear of bringing out The Fixer, but some times some people just can’t change.
Lydia, is trying to do things Mort’s way but there is a part of her that wants to hunt down the men responsible and let The Fixer have them. As much as I like her as a psychologist I like her Fixer side too and I was glad that in this book we got to see a bit more of that side than in the previous book. All the characters are great from the main to the secondary!
If you love crime novels then you should really check this series out!
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T. E. Woods is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Madison, Wisconsin. Her scientific writings are well represented in peer-reviewed journals and academic texts. Her literary works earned her first place for Fiction at the University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute. Dr. Woods enjoys kayaking, hiking, biking, and hanging around the house while her two dogs help her make sense of the world. Her habit of relaxing by conjuring up any manner of diabolical murder methods and plots often finds her friends urging her to take up knitting.
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