Meet Delilah West. A gutsy ex-cop turned private detective, she’s obsessed with finding the man who killed her husband and partner, Jack. When a man comes to hire her to find his missing niece, she takes the case to take her mind off the past; but, the past comes back to haunt her. Following a lead on the missing girl, Delilah finds herself waking up in a strange hotel room with a headache, and a body on the bed with a knife in its back—she’s found her husband’s killer, and now she’s the prime suspect in his death.
Death is Forever by Maxine O’Callaghan is a mystery in the style of Mickey Spillane and Elmore Leonard, only with a hard-bitten, no-holds-barred female lead who is every bit as tough and uncompromising as her male counterparts. Gritty action from start to finish, with lots of side trips into the wounded psyche of a heroine for the ages—a book you can’t put down.
I give this book five stars.