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Vortex by Jon Cleary
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Murder mystery and natural disaster collide in America's tornado alley.

Chief McKechnie keeps the peace in the quaintly named town of Friendship, having transplanted their from New York ten years earlier. It's a quiet beat, usually, but over one long day, that's set to change. The wife of one of the town's more prominent citizens is found dead in a tornado decimated house, shot in the head. The prominent, but secret, lover of her sister-in-law is also in town, and needs protection. And, because things aren't complicated enough, there are a pair of cop-killer bank robbers trying to make their escape through the county, and larger and larger twisters touching down all around.

The story moves at a good pace, playing the various complications off each other as McKechnie investigates, getting caught up in keeping political secrets from his fiancee, the editor of the town's paper. You know what event the story will end with, but you want to know where everyone is when it does.
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Reading Progress

June 30, 2016 – Started Reading
July 1, 2016 – Finished Reading
July 3, 2016 – Shelved

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