This was a simple read with a very entertaining storyline. The only thing I didn't like was reaching the end. This one was a little different in the fact part of the focus was on the other two detectives Tracy works with. Del and Faz. Del has just lost his niece to a drug overdose. Sick at heart and determined to find the people responsible becomes his main objective for now. He's staying with his sister and her remaining two boys while tracking down leads on his nieces case.
Tracy, meanwhile, is working another homicide. A young black boy was walking home late at night after playing basketball with some other guys. He was excited because his team won and his performance had been outstanding. He couldn't wait to play again. His mother was very strict, making sure he stayed in school, got good grades, and hopefully, would get a scholarship for college. While the young man wants to play ball professionally, he knows it won't happen until he gets that degree. Mama is smart and knows her baby has the talent to go far, his skills are undeniable, but she also knows something could happen along the way. A serious injury and any pro career he dreamed of could be gone. Therefore she's intent on sending him to a good school where he will remain until he's got that degree.
Unfortunately, the young man, on his way home from his game, is struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. Tracy is called to the scene and quickly discovers there's more to the story than what meets the eye. The driver of the car just might be connected to the increase in drug use that's been occurring lately. In fact, Tracy's case could potentially be tied to the death of Del's niece.
Once again we delve into the life of Tracy Crosswhite. She and her husband, Dan, are settling into their new home, along with their two dogs and a cat. And the two of them are trying to get pregnant, all to no avail. Dan has already been tested and, according to him, he's "locked and loaded", fully equipped with whatever it takes to make that baby. On the other hand, Tracy is doing her best to cope with the fact they might not be able to have a child. While Dan encourages her not to give up, he also assures her he'd be happy adopting or if she wants to try fertility drugs, he's up for that too.
Then there's Del, grieving for his niece while doing his best to step into his sister's role, taking on responsibility for her two boys until she gets back on her feet. It was easy to empathize with him given the circumstances. It also turned him into a bulldog when it came to searching for the kid who'd sold her the drugs.
All in all, very good read. Would definitely recommend. This book can be read as a standalone but you miss out on watching the characters develop from book to book.