13 Under the Wire, A Layla Remington Novel by Gil Reavill is a page turner. It has lots of twists & turns that kept me guessing. I gave it five stars.
Layla works as a Detective for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. She's on peace-keeping duty during riots. The story has flashbacks from ten years prior.
"Whenever & wherever police or fire units showed, the rioters routed them with barrages of bricks, rocks & salvos of gunfire. Gouts of coal-colored smoke choked the skies over the neighborhood."
"With no sleep & thirty-six hours of constant, grinding tension, Remington couldn't judge whether her brain was working right. Everyone was exhausted, everyone was on edge. Despite her best instincts, she loped off toward a residential driveway that would give her access to the alley where the cop had disappeared."
Layla's life is intertwined with the Loushane family. They were considered the West Coast version of the Kennedy family, including the curse that brought multiple tragedies & deaths to young members.
There are some brutal scenes that were disturbing, especially with Fausto & the creation of his 'zombie' hitmen. I would have liked to have resolution to what happened to some of the characters referenced but where no conclusion was written.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher Alibi & NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.