Review – Jaidee, Out of the Ashes
by Clint Morey
Book received from the author
Jaidee is a thriller/mystery about a PI who normally exposes philandering spouses but gets caught up in the sex trade handled by the mob. Josh busts a husband found with an underage prostitute which causes him to get involved with Jaidee (a 14 year old) and soon finds them both fighting for their lives. Unfortunately, Jaidee has entertained some powerful movers and shakers and they don’t want her to be able to ID them. The cops place her in a home to help her start a new life, but when Josh finds out about a hit on her life, he extracts Jaidee just in time, which brings him and his friends to the center of the bulls eye. There is a mole in the police department and Josh isn’t sure who he can trust.
This was a mystery/thriller with practically non-stop action. Just when you think you can relax, something new happens. You know who the bad guy is pretty quickly as the POV alternates between Josh and his crew and the bad guys and their machinations. We don’t know who the mole in the police department is and it was a little bit of a shocker and super tension filled when they are revealed. Love that.
Morey really worked the setting, Las Vegas was a perfect place for this novel as he utilizes construction sites, rollercoasters, wind tunnels, casinos and wedding chapels. But, no Elvis impersonators were hurt during the book in case you were worried.
Jaidee is a strong character, funny, a bit misguided but loving and sweet. I am excited to see how she develops as the series continues. She and Josh have a funny back and forth dialogue and you can tell that these characters will be able to help heal the hurt that exists in both of them. Morey really hits the idea of what a family is, both in a positive and a way to manipulate. It really made me think about who I consider family, blood relative or not, and what I would do for them. This was an enjoyable and tense book filled with intrigue, politicians and the mob. Good stuff! I give it 4 stars.