Short Take: Flame Out – M.P. Cooley

This is Cooley’s second entry in her series about an ex-FBI agent working on a small Upstate New York police force. Her first book, Ice Shear, was named one of O Magazine’s Best Books of Summer 2014 and called Cooley “a writer to watch…[a] master of the genre.”

“Cooley’s solid second police procedural featuring former FBI special agent June Lyons finds June, now a cop in her hometown of Hopewell Falls, N.Y., not quite over the death of her husband, Kevin, three years earlier—and facing a welter of crimes involving the volatile Ukrainian-American family of her police partner, Dave Batko. Soon after June saves a woman from a burning abandoned clothing factory, a mummified body is found in a sealed barrel walled up in the factory’s basement….Cooley does well by Ukrainian culture and cuisine, while assuring readers that today’s women cops and perps can both be tougher than their male counterparts.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Cooley’s evocative, character-driven Rust Belt thriller, Ice Shear, was a favorite of mine last year, and Flame Out, her second book in the series, is even better. Widowed former FBI agent June Lyons has returned to her home town in upstate New York as a police officer. In Flame Out, she rescues an unknown woman from a burning warehouse, and a long-dead body turns up in the remains of the building, uncovering a complex web of secrets involving neighbors, friends and family. Suspenseful and satisfying!”
— Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books and Music, Okemos, MI

Flame Out (9780062300737) by M.P. Cooley. $24.99 hardcover. 5/19/15 on sale.

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