I’ve read a couple of Gerri Hill’s on-line stories and completely enjoyed them. But I was still pleasantly surprised by Hunter’s Way. Tori Hunter, the volatile and angry homicide detective, goes through partners at an alarming rate; most of them not coming out of it well and some not making it out at all. Samantha Kennedy is her last chance before she’s likely put on desk duty or some other unpleasant task. They immediately rub each other the wrong way.
From the beginning, there’s tension between the two. Samantha is a bit uptight and plays by the rules, while Tori is a rogue who makes up her own. In addition to Samantha dealing with a new, difficult partner and a move from the assault division to homicide, she also has to put up with her proper and demanding attorney boyfriend, Robert. No one is really happy with this situation. But when the partners are caught up in the investigation of a serial killer, Tori and Sam (“It’s Samantha.”) find out just how well they complement each other.
I found the mystery well done and nicely graphic – I like that but others may find some of it a bit much. It was really not much more than you’d see during an episode of prime time television, well, maybe a bit more but not much. While it’s not tough to figure some parts out, there were enough twists to keep my interest. My favorite part of the book was the funny and playful banter between the new partners. That eases considerably toward the middle of the book but by then I was pretty well involved in the mystery and growing relationship.
I do enjoy Gerri Hill’s writing style. She has a way with drawing the characters so that I can easily relate to them and understand why they make the choices they make, whether I agree with them or not. I’ve already started the sequel “In The Name of the Father.”