Saturday, April 18, 2020

The Interrogation: A Hunter Dane Investigation by Adira August (Spotlight and review)


Adira August

Hunter’s most twisted killer. Cam’s most dangerous case.




Twee asked, taking a pastry.

Merisi pulled the plate away from her and closer to himself.

“Three little boys," Hunter told them. "The fourth went missing this morning. If this killer’s M.O. hasn’t changed, the boy’s not dead yet.”

“You’re talking about the Wilderness Killer?” Diane Natani asked. “That’s McCauley’s case. How is our unit getting it?”

“The victim is the governor’s nephew. McCauley and his team haven’t gotten anywhere in a year. The governor requested us, and we’re taking over.”

“Well, that shouldn’t cause any resentment.” Merisi dunked half a doughnut into his coffee.

“It’s a recipe for a clusterfuck, Boss,” Twee said.

"True. It’s also exactly the kind of case this Unit was created to handle."

Natani tossed down her pen. “We have political interference, departmental incompetence, personal resentment, and a boy who will die within eight hours. Somewhere.”

"No problem. We find the killer and get him to tell us where in the 1200 square miles of Colorado wilderness he staked out the governor’s nephew.” Merisi punctuated this with an eyeroll.

“The first part got done about an hour ago.”

Assistant District Attorney Natani perked up. “We have a suspect?”

Hunter nodded. "We do. Now I just have to get him to talk.”

“Just get him to talk?” Merisi tilted his chair back. “He’ll lawyer up before you can say ‘You have the right’ and a keyhole satellite couldn’t find this kid.”

“You're forgetting the Boss’s cardinal rule.” Twee pulled the plate back toward herself and Merisi’s chair came down with a sharp bang.

“Yeah? What's that?"

“Never assume.”

If you like a master gamesman for a detective and a few twists in your criminal cocktail, you want to read this.



My review:

4.5 out 5 stars

The Interrogation: A Hunter Dane Investigation by Adira August, is a delicious and suspenseful thriller that features a charismatic team that investigates high-profile cases. A serial killer of young boys has taken his latest victim, and Dane, Cam, and the rest of The Unit, must race time and the elements to find him in time.

I adore these two men and the dedicated and intense folks they work with. The synergy that flows from them is inspiring, and the way they responded to the challenge of finding a kidnapped child was mesmerizing. The action starts with the very first line and tension ramps up throughout the story until it reaches the breathtaking climax.

Each of the folks in this story has a particular strength to bring to the table, and I am in awe at the way those talents were woven into an indomitable team. I’d love to know these folks in real life, and this author continues to impress with her tales that are guaranteed to grab your attention, make you bite your nails as you root for them to be successful, and sigh at the connection and mutual respect they demonstrate. Despite the lack of sexy times that are pervasive in the main series that this spins off from, this is just as compelling a story, and who can resist the dog with his own intense work ethic?

I am delighted that there is a new series featuring these guys and their colleagues, and I look forward to reading about more of their exciting adventures.

A copy of this story was provided for review


  1. Thank you so very much for this amazing review. My biggest challenge is doing justice to Hunt and Cam and the amazing group they've gathered. I am their biggest fan. Thank you so much for bringing them to more readers.

  2. The excerpt was great. Thanks for the review.