A Natalie McMasters Novel
by Thomas A. Burns, Jr.
Pub Date 15 Apr 2018
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Natalie McMasters is twenty, short and blonde (OK, it’s bleached!), way cute, and a pre-law student at State. She's also straight, or at least she thinks so. To put herself through school, she's moonlighting as a private detective trainee at her uncle Amos Murdoch's 3M Detective Agency, where the most exciting thing she does is sit in a car. After she directly confronts a subject on a stakeout, Amos fires her for taking too many chances. Then she meets another student who bears an uncanny resemblance to her, and everything in her life changes.
When her new best friend is brutally murdered and Amos is critically injured, Nattie immerses herself in the seamy world of web cams and strip clubs to hunt the killer. Her investigation forces her to reassess many of the ideas that she’s lived by her whole life and do things she’s never considered before – strip on a stage, question her sexuality, and rediscover the meaning of love itself.
Nattie eventually exposes a drug ring, police corruption, and an assassin-for-hire online. Then she stumbles upon the true face of evil, and her encounter does not leave her unscathed…
Excellent crime/mystery story, kept me turning the pages. Burns has created a fascinating lead character--Nattie McMasters.
She's young, sexy and courageous. That makes her a tough cookie but her weaknesses make her so much more interesting. She's hard-headed, naive and sexually-conflicted. The story is written in first person, so the reader gets to see Nattie's point of view as she throws herself into a seedy world to solve a murder. I felt intrigued and entertained by this story and Nattie's tendency to put herself in danger. She's an inspiring combination of capability and vulnerability, with a large dose of sex appeal thrown in. Craig Chapman, author of Battle-Hardened