This sixth book in the Carson Ryder series was originally scheduled to
be the fourth but its release was postponed due to it's similarity to real life events at the time. Fans of the series will notice hastily edited details, like a very brief mention of Carson's dog, Mr Mix Up, who first appeared in the previous book, In The Blood (see review elsewhere here).
Young Black girls are being abducted and Carson must investigate the case without his partner Harry Nautilus who is in hospital, the victim of a vicious late night mugging.
Enter The Gumbo King, Conner Sandhill, a former cop who is called in as a consultant and teams up with Carson to examine the case and hopefully make connections that others have missed.
While the pair investigate the abductions Ryder looks into Sandhill's reasons for leaving the force and opens up a whole new can of worms.
This is the best in the series so far, Sandhill is an excellent addition and I didn't even mind that Jeremy (Ryder's psychotic Brother) didn't appear.
It features a host of excellent characters: Squill the weasely police chief and his sidekicks, The Desmond Brothers and Mr Mattoon all spring to mind each bringing their own vitally important presence to the story.
Ryder takes a bit of a co-starring role in this one (it's the first he doesn't narrate) as it's Sandhill's show this time around, I just hope he features again or even gets his own spin off series.
Tension, terror, unpredictable twists and turns a plenty. What more could you ask for.
Ric's Rating: 92%