George Mackey, a Georgia lawman, member of the Georgia Office of Special Investigations (OSI), known as The Hunters, has been suspended, and is awaiting the decision of the state attorney general regarding his prosecution for murder for his vigilante-style killing of a ruthless serial killer—a prosecution that is motivated more by a political desire to embarrass the governor than a desire to serve justice. Arrayed against him and his allies, including the woman he loves, and an old man he thinks of as a father, is Roy Budroe, boss of a criminal empire, who wants even greater control. Most of all, though, Budroe wants blood. He wants the blood of George Mackey, in retaliation for Mackey’s role in causing him to have to flee the country.
Blood Reckoning by Glenn Trust is book four in the Pickham County Wars series, and it begins when Budroe decides to return to Georgia to revive his empire and spread it countrywide. This is not your classic mystery. It reads more like a psychological thriller as it skips back and forth between the two main characters, Mackey and Budroe, as they do a deadly dance that can only end when the blood of one is being soaked up by the rich Georgia mud. Filled with riveting action scenes and taut psychological insights into the nature of good and evil, there are no completely virtuous characters, only people doing what their basic natures compel them to do.
Once you start reading this book, it’s impossible to put it down until it ends, and the ending will leave you breathless. There are no cliffhangers here, but you just might be tempted to go back and read the first three offerings in the series just for the fun of it. Trust knows his characters, and he lays them bare for the reader, warts and all.
Five stars for a great read!