Leo on Fire (FBI Files #2) by Patricia Logan | (Audio)Book Review

FBI Files, Book 2

Some days, fighting crime, just doesn’t pay.

FBI Profiler, Leo Reeves, has settled into his new job and his new life in Los Angeles. Working with Max Prince every day in the office is fulfilling but not as satisfying as burning up the sheets with him every night at home. Their first case together as partners resulted in the bad guys either behind bars or six feet under, but neither man thinks they’ve put an end to the murderous ring. As time goes on, and they interview the ones they did manage to arrest, the agents realize a much larger organization is at work.

Could a criminal mastermind be controlling multiple cells of murderers?

When one of their team is gunned down in a senseless mass shooting, Leo and Max are fueled by a new motive…rage. As more of the corpses from their first case are identified, new information about the kidnapping ring begins to emerge. When they realize copycats are mirroring the work of famous serial killers, things go from bad to worse. For Leo, working as a profiler has always been his passion but he begins to rethink everything when one copycat starts skinning his victims.

When they connect the gunman to a notorious criminal biker gang, things get even uglier.

On top of everything else, Max’s past comes back to bite him when his sweet pooch is threatened by a stalker. And if they haven’t led a life filled with complications until now, Leo and Max learn an old nemesis of Snow, and McCallahan is connected to the case. From the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown L.A. to the scorching deserts around Victorville, criminals seem to be coming out of the woodwork to mess with them both.

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How was it?

Prince of L.A. sets this series up really well and this second entry just hits the ground running. For some reason I thought we’d move on to another pairing, instead, we get to follow Leo and Max as their relationship grows. The case they’re on is an extension of the previous one and yet the suspense and mysteries are there and fresh, it’s attention-grabbing and goes deeper into Leo’s family life and the scars that it has left him. In fact, both of the main characters’ pasts are at play here in some shape or form. However, the only bump in this engrossing story is a sense of déjà-vu at one point in the plot but it’s a small part of an otherwise fast-paced, wild ride with an excellent duo at the helm.

As for the narration in the audiobook version Michael Dean did a stellar job, he gave this story life in a whole new way, which enhanced the experience, and made everything feel a bit more real.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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