Los Angeles prosecutor Rachel Knight makes her third appearance in The Competition. I have not read the previous novels in this series, but this one is very good and works well without having read the previous novels.
Two masked gunmen enter a school gym during a pep ralley and, armed to the teeth, begin shooting everyone in sight. The chaotic attack ends in the library where it appears the shooters shot each other.
Rachel Knight and LAPD detective Bailey Keller are devastated by the carnage. It is difficult enough to acknowledge the loss of life and the grieving parents as the two interview survivors and attempt to piece together all of the available evidence, but when it appears that the two young men believed to be the suicidal shooters are victims themselves, things get even worse. The real perpetrators are still at large. And they aren't finished.
The relationship between Knight and Keller works well; they understand each other and enjoy each other's company. I liked that the two women are at the forefront and that other strong and capable women are included.
Read in April. Post scheduled for June 23
Police Procedural. July 8, 2014. Print length: 416 pages.