The first book in Nancy Mehl's new Defenders of Justice series focuses on the drug trade in St. Louis. It's escalating largely due to the involvement of a major cartel, and US Marshal Mercy Brennan is right in the thick of it. Although she is unaware of how closely the cartel is watching her, after she is shot in a raid her long estranged police officer father reaches out to see her. Mercy is not convinced of his apology or sincerity during their meeting, but she quickly discovers that her connection with him (though tenuous) has tied her into the cartel's schemes more deeply than she thought possible.
Her boss creates a plan to draw the cartel and local drug dealers out and protect Mercy at the same time. However, their safety is quickly compromised, there is a mole in the Marshal's office, and it is unknown who can be trusted. An unexpected ice storm complicates the entire plan - will any of the good guys make it out alive?
Although I generally enjoy Nancy Mehl's books, this felt like a second or third book in the series rather than the first. The back stories of the characters (Mercy's relationship with her best friend Tally and former boyfriend Mark) were presented in a way that seemed like a recap rather than an introduction. I am looking forward to the next book in this series and hope that it will resolve my confusion. :)
I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.