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Run the Risk

by Scott Frost

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Lt. Alex Dellilo of the L.A. police dept. is investigating the killing of a local florist shop owner. She and her partner go to the man's associate's home but the door is rigged with explosives. Alex's partner is hosptialized and is lucky to be alive.

Before this, Alex had been at a beauty pagent where her daughter, Lacy, was a contestant. Lacy created a near riot by removing two cyllinders that were beneath her gown and telling the audience that they were ruining the environment for a parade. The crowd thought there was poison in the cyllinders and panicked. Alex and local police calmed them down. She is furious with her daughter and wonders what happened to the teenager who was happy to be in jeans and T-shirts.

Alex is working with Det. Dylon Harrison who was in the bomb squad. He is a calm professional and has the ability to calm down Alex and the people he comes in contact with in his bomb detecting duties.

Soon after, a body is found in a remote area. Identification shows that he's a member of the Mexican army and officials speculate that he brought bomb making equipment to the area.

Lacy goes missing and Harrison has to disarm a bomb from a potential witness.

The novel is packed with action and the author draws the reader into the story as we feel that we'd like to know more of Alex, how she rescues her daughter and stops the mad bomber. ( )
  mikedraper | Dec 22, 2010 |
Emotional cops would not be allowed to work a case involving their own family. There was to much complaining about her failure as a parent. The narrator spoke in soft tones that is difficult to hear in a car. ( )
  bobleino | Feb 26, 2010 |
Frost introduces Lt. Alex Delillo, a tough detective trying to combine being a mother with her career in law enforcement. In this mystery, Delillo hunts down a murderer who may be a terrorist. The killer is good at hiding and has protected himself and his motives with layer upon layer of false leads. Delillo has to identify the layers and get to the truth to save her daughter’s life. Not quite a “noir” mystery, but close. ( )
  EssFair | Sep 15, 2008 |
This is a new author that I have come across and follows the life of Alex Dellilo a detective in the Philladelphia police force - her life starts to fall apart when her daughter is kidnapped and held be a terrorist who wishes to blow up the rose parade, as you get into the book you will find it very hard to put down at the end. ( )
  mitchsz | Mar 10, 2007 |
Horrible - facts wrong (the rose queen is selected in October, not 2 days before the parade; the arts and crafts architects were Greene & Greene, not Green & Green), no character development, contrived mystery ( )
  justmelissa | Jun 20, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425208427, Mass Market Paperback)

When a serial bomber kidnaps a young girl and plans to unleash his incendiary powers on live TV, he ignites white-hot rage--and a mother's revenge.

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"Los Angeles homicide detective Alex Delillo works a case that chills her from the start, one with too much ambiguity and far too many surprises. None of the evidence - and yet all of it - seems relevant. A small-time shopkeeper is shot to death. Then a rare, untraceable explosive ignites a bungalow, tossing the front door across the yard. Then a teenage girl goes missing, her car window smashed, her keys still in the ignition. Even before they tell her, Detective Delillo realizes that this girl is someone she knows." "When her prime suspect is killed in an elaborate suicide car bomb, Delillo draws a connection to one man - a killer who is eager to play a game with catastrophic stakes, gambling with Delillo's life and that of someone she holds most dear. As the clock ticks down, she must make a choice that will change her life forever - she must track this killer on a trail of escalating terror toward a fiery showdown that will test her wisdom, her willpower, and her every skill."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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