is a homicide detective assigned to the Indianapolis, Indiana
prosecutor's office. He is also a practicing Muslim who breaks
as many of his religious rules as he does department regulations.
His dream is to become an attorney and he is attending law
school in his spare time in hopes of making that happen. He
can't wait to get away from the gruesome world of murder.
Ash's niece is found dead as the result of a drug overdose,
he finds it hard to believe because his niece had always followed
the strict Muslim rules regarding drugs. And then there's
something about the crime scene that screams to him that this
was not an accidental death. It's not officially his case
but, because of the family connection he's keeping a close
eye on it. And then his niece's boyfriend turns up dead as
is handed over to a hot shot detective lieutenant who promptly
decides that no crime has been committed and closes the case.
In spite of emphatically being told to back off, Ash decides
to keep looking into the situation. And then his four year
old daughter receives a death threat.
is a perfect blend of moral cop, relentless investigator,
and wild-west cowboy. He knows what questions to ask and how
to get answers, when to compromise in order to get results,
and he knows when it's time to shut up and start shooting.
Chris Culver does a great job of pacing the story so that
the reader has just enough time to catch their breath between
crises. Good guys as well as bad guys, all playing crucial
roles travel in and out of the story. I liked the way the
characters popped to life and the perfect way that they interacted.
The chapter length is ideal for easy reading and the overall
story is believable and engaging.