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ce8f82bddbb92700480f6a706700f21aReviewed by Amanda Schafer

Cecelia Garza has worked for years as a detective with the Mexican police and has been tracking down a mass murderer who carves a hummingbird into his victims. This killer, Chuparosa, leaves his victims headless by using a specific type of blade that leaves an indentation in the ground where he kills them. With very little to go on, Garza constantly finds herself one step behind Chuparosa until she finds out that he’s been in New York City.

Jeremy Fisk is a Detective with the New York Police Department’s Intelligence Division (which is basically New York City’s own CIA) and is working on overcoming his own personal grief. During United Nations week in New York, security detail is at its highest and tensions are even higher. The FBI and the NYPD work together to keep the dignitaries safe but to also keep the citizens of New York safe from terror threats. In the middle of the hyped-up security process, there is a report of a mass grave at Rockaway Beach and Fisk finds himself involved in the investigation. When Fisk meets Garza he immediately feels that she’s hiding something and the only way to find out what is to do more digging on these dead bodies and how they ended up in NYC.

After one of Garza’s own men is killed, she and Fisk determine to work together to find Chuparosa. When Fisk figures out where Chuparosa is hiding out, he goes after him alone and is injured in the process. But because of his detective skills investigators retrieve a videotape of Chuparosa laying out his plan. Fisk has to act quickly if he’s going uphold true justice.

The Execution is the first Dick Wolf novel I’ve read and I’m hooked! I want to go back and read the first Jeremy Fisk novel, but don’t feel like I have to in order to continue on with the story line. The greatest part of this book was that I could picture every aspect of the story as though I were watching it on TV or in the theater. If someone can write so that I can picture scenes that vividly, they are definitely on my list of authors to follow.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.