Review: A Killer in the City by Riley McKissack

Book Review: A Killer in the City by Riley McKissack


A Killer in the City by Riley McKissack

Blue Lights series (book 2)

Southern Nights Publishing (September 29, 2016)

Romance/Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense



“Love could drive people to do things they never would have imagined.”

A Killer in the City is the second book in the Blue Lights series. It features Detective Brent Logan and Camerawoman Karli Manford. These are two characters that you root for. Both have had disappointments in their lives (his professional, hers personal). While his anger is directed at her for what he thinks is her part in the shooting of his brother, and she feels some doubts and guilt, they both have an undeniable attraction to each other. Their almost antagonist feelings of each other to their growing trust and love of one another is set at the right pace and is believable.  McKissack has written a suspenseful novel around the killings taking place in Atlanta with multiple suspects that I was questioning just about all the characters involved, even the good guys. Just when you think you have the case closed – suspect nailed – she gives you a twist with double intertwining triangles. Riley’s background journalist experience gives her writing from the reporter/cameraperson perspective differently than other “cop” stories I have read. Well done!




Who do you trust when everyone is suspect? A Killer in the City brings TV news camerawoman Karli Manford into too close contact with Atlanta’s hottest homicide detective, Brent Logan, when a string of murders turns personal. Somehow, Karli finds herself inside the story instead of documenting someone else’s troubles. An ever-escalating pattern of danger to Karli forces Brent Logan to protect the one woman he has always avoided. Serve and Protect are more than just words to him. Now, he must defend the one woman he wants most to avoid, the woman who got his brother shot years ago.

Books can be read as stand alones, and in any order. Stories have recurring characters but each story is separate and complete.






Riley McKissack has worked for many years as a journalist. Cornered gunmen, cop killers, a bomb going off in a domestic terrorism incident, Riley has covered it all. Riley has spent years chasing stories involving every type of bad guy and cop imaginable, including FBI, Homeland Security, homicide detectives and arson investigators. Riley sponged up the drama, tension and danger on SWAT operations, hostage negotiations, drug busts and countless other dangerous situations. That passion and drama spills out onto the pages of Riley’s novels, along with the personal stories behind the men and women who stand between danger and the people they love


Twitter: @RileyMcKissack

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