scarlet revenge

Review of ‘Scarlet Revenge’

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Caycee Scarlet is a new FBI Intelligence Analyst, assigned to a task force trying to capture the Omega Killer. Very quickly, Scarlet finds herself caught up in the murky bureaucracy of the bureau and its dog-eat-dog politics. Her life is further complicated by her physical and emotional attachment to FBI agent Gil Graham, who becomes her boss when she is bounced off the Omega task force by its leader who is jealous of her analytical ability.

Scarlet Revenge by Ann McGinnis is a fast-paced mystery that will keep you guessing until near the end. I received a free copy in exchange for an objective review. The love affair between FBI personnel is perhaps a bit far-fetched, and the secret FBI interrogation facility is definitely off the chart (getting a confession that would stand up in court in a facility run like this – a la Guantanamo – would be impossible. McGinnis also has Scarlet doing things that an analyst would never be involved in. These procedural twists, however, are the only negative things I have to say about Scarlet Revenge. Fiction, after all, is about suspending disbelief, and McGinnis’s tight prose and sense of adventure enabled me to pretend that this could have happened.

If you like fast-paced mysteries with something other than the usual protagonists, McGinnis delivers the goods.