Angel Delaney is back in her home town of Sunset Cove, Oregon, working for the police force—following essentially in her father’s oversized footsteps. When she and her partner, Eric, respond to a robbery in progress call, she is forced to use deadly force on what she assumes is one of the perpetrators, who turns out to be a 12-year-old who had only a toy gun. Angel’s world spins completely out of control as she is accused not only of a wrongful death, but racism.
When Callen Riley, an Oregon State Police detective, begins investigating the case, along with another death that took place in the same area, and around the same time, a chemistry develops between him and Angel that threatens his objectivity.
Deadly Aim by Patricia H. Rushford is a hard book to categorize. It is a well-written mystery, a love story, and also a story about loss of faith. While some of the police procedures seem contrived to add to the suspense, it does not detract from a taut drama that has an ending that came as a complete surprise.
I give it four stars.