Title: Against Blood (A Detective Cliff Husto Thriller #2)
Author: Jack King
Houston is falling apart. Gang violence in the streets, crazed neo-fascist cults, and violent mischief abound, steeping the Texas city in chaos and bedlam. And to make matters worse, twisted half-truths and mounting conspiracies behind closed doors threaten to set the worst of the worst against each other in an all-out city-wide war for power and vengeance. As tension mounts and deadly plans are made, HPD senior detective Cliff Husto is reluctantly drawn into the fray.
But when what he thinks are just minnows in a sea of crime devolve into a series inexplicably clean murders of military personnel, Husto is faced with his most baffling case yet. The detective must now unravel the web of conspiracies and vendettas entangling Desert Storm veterans suffering from PTSD, a group of Islamic college students on the path to radicalization, and hard-line, racist American nationalists. Husto must extinguish the rapidly spreading criminal wildfire tearing through the streets of the city before it is too late.
A thrilling page turner, Against Blood is the second book in the Detective Cliff Husto series. In this one, Husto finds himself deep in a mess of crimes involving Desert Storm veterans suffering from PTSD. Taking place in Houston in the early 1990’s made this an interesting read to see how the crimes would be solved without some of the more modern techniques to help out.
There are plenty of well-developed characters throughout the story, and I adored the way the author had them all come together. Another part of the story that I thought was well done was the way the author handled the topic of PTSD. It was respectful and realistic, painting a picture of what life is like after trauma. Not only this, but it also handled other delicate subjects like racism and radicalized terrorism.
This book will be a definite favorite for readers of crime thrillers and mysteries.