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Dead Heat by Bronwyn Parry
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Apr 14, 12

Read from April 11 to 13, 2012

Engaging read of both romance and suspense.
The suspense is the main element in this read. The romance and attraction between main characters Nick and Jo is mostly emphasized in the way these two people try to shy away from what they are starting to feel for each other.

Story set in Australia Rural scrub.
Detective Senior Sergeant Nick Matheson is less then a week into his new job, when he gets a call that has him in Goodabri, a small community outside Strathnairn where he is stationed. National Park Ranger Jo Lockwood has discovered the body of a young man, brutally tortured and murdered with drugs found near the scene. When on elderly coupled are murdered, Jo's life is in danger as she can recognize a man she seen at the park who obviously is eliminating anyone who can place him there.
Two Homicide Detectives from Sidney are called in. Hugh Dalton who Nick has known since they were teenagers. They were like brothers until a tragedy in their past but some distance between them. Hugh is acting very erratic, which has Nick concerned. Nick has spend last ten years working undercover. He worked in organized crime. All he wants is to live a normal life and try to get back to being who he really is.
Jo is very passionate about her work and there is no place she would rather be then in the outback. The author paints a idyll picture of the wilderness and refers to the possum's and kangaroo's often. It keeps you rooted to the area this story is set in. Jo lost her fiance five years prior during a search and rescue when he fell from a cliff. She starts to get close to Nick and takes a major part in helping with the investigation.The last thing she wants is to get involved with another guy who works in a risky job. Nick is determined to keep her safe and protected as best he can.

There is a lot happening in this book and the action through out never lets up. Drug Gangs, a mafia drug boss and corruption within the police force and bush fires in which Rangers are caught between the fire and a sniper trying to take them out.

I couldn't help but feel a heavy sadness for Nick and Jo. Nick who was brought up in a rough environment and suffered a tragedy that befell his family which had him separating himself from his sister in order to see no harm come to her. He keeps his emotions tightly guarded. Jo, seemed to me to be so alone. She had her friends, yet when she had to grief with everything happing around her. She did it alone. I wanted to see some other emotion besides the controlled front these two people carried. There is one out bust towards end of book when Nick lashes out at those he works with, pity didn't see more of it through out book.

A fast intense read that I would have liked to have seen some happy moments because the book was weighted down with sadness. Also wasn't much given away about Jo's history. I think what happened to Hugh and his downfall could have been given more dept. He was apart of Nick's family.



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