Dead in Dubai by Marilynn Larew
Publisher: Artemis Hunter Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (284 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Review by: Rose
Why is CIA officer George Branson dead in Dubai? It looks like straight detective work, finding out what George has been up to and why he’s dead, but when former CIA analyst Lee Carruthers arrives in Dubai, she walks into a deadly war between two rival Merchants of Death vying for market share. She learns that George has worked for each man under a different name. With his own, that gives George three identities. Which man is dead? Has George really been working for the Agency, or has he sold out and, if so, to whom? Who are the men following her? And why does she keep finding diamonds?
This book starts off with a bang (literally—the main character is shot at in the first paragraph) and doesn’t slow down until the very end, which lends itself very nicely to a new book starring Lee Carruthers. This is the second in the series and, while it can be read as a standalone, I suspect readers would get a much richer experience if they started with the first book, The Spider Catchers. I know I’m going to order the first one, albeit a little later than I should have.
Because the book drops you right into the action, it took me a few pages to catch up to what was going on with Lee, who she was, and what kind of work she did. Knowing her backstory would have also let me see, I think, why she did some of the things she did. That did not affect my enjoyment of the story, however; just slowed it down a bit until I sorted things out. The book is solidly written, the plot moves along nicely, and there is not a boring moment in the entire book.
Lee is a former CIA analyst who has left the company, but still manages to find herself involved in the case of a missing (read that as dead) operative. She is a not a woman you want to get on the bad side of… she feels naked without her Glock and her knife, and she’s not afraid to use either of them. At the same time, she does what’s right, not just what’s expedient. She is very much the good guy and I really enjoyed watching her work.
There are many twists and turns as she tries to discover who George Branson really was and how he fit into the intrigue that surrounds her. This book truly deserves to be called a thriller, because it’s non-stop. Good job, Ms. Larew.