Occasionally because of the number of books I am frequently reading, I come across an author's name that I recognize but just can't remember. What was the style? Did I like the book? Did I read a single book or part of a series from the author? I picked up Payback in Panama when I recognized the author- Noel Hynde.
It turns out however, that this wasn't the style of book I particularly enjoy. Payback in Panama is part of Hynde's Cuban series. The name of the heroine- Alex DeLuca was familiar, so the previous book I read may have been from this series. But I couldn't remember too many details. This is a continuing suspense story about Alex, a member of an investigative division of the US Treasury. She has dealings with organized crime, drug cartels, and high level fraud cases. In this installment of the series, she has the opportunity to follow a lead against some high level criminals that have tried previous times to have Alex killed. The story revolves around the investigation as well as Alex's deepening relationship with her actor boyfriend.
The book is a very dry read. There is little emotional connection with the characters, just a narration of events. There is some suspense here and lots of details about the investigations and government organizations involved. If you enjoy lots of technical detail and the crime and suspense genre, you may end up enjoying this one. I just couldn't like it.
I give this one 3 stars and a PG-13 for content.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.