Thursday, December 18, 2014

Book Review: The Unforgivable Fix by T. E. Woods


The killer won’t come for you, you fool. He’ll come for me.

Detective Mort Grant of the Seattle PD has finally decided to sell. The home where he and his late wife raised two kids feels too large and too full of old memories. His son is married and raising a family of his own, and despite desperate efforts to find her, Mort has lost touch with his wayward daughter. That is, until the day she walks back into her childhood home and begs for his help.

For the last four years, Allie Grant has been the lover—and confidante, confessor, and counselor—of one of the world’s most powerful and deadly men. But a sudden, rash move has put Allie in the crosshairs of a ruthless Russian crime lord. Mort knows of only one place where Allie will be safe: with The Fixer.

As a hired desperado, The Fixer has killed twenty-three people—and Mort was complicit in her escape from the law. She has built an impregnable house, stocked it with state-of-the-art gear, armed it to the teeth, and locked herself away from the world. But even The Fixer may not be able to get justice for Allie when real evil comes knocking.



I find it very interesting that listed synopsis does not contain the character name of The Fixer.  But then, she (The Fixer) would probably prefer it that way.

Drama, tension and intrigue build from the get-go in this latest installment of Woods' 'Justice Series'.  Lydia, a clinical psychologist who has moonlighted for years as The Fixer, an assassin of some reknown, enters a potentially insecure house of her friend, Mort, a police detective, to find his body at the top of the stairs.

There are many stories and sub-stories going on in The Unforgivable Fix, but Woods knows her characters well and weaves them together with ease.  Lydia reboots her psychology practice and takes on an intern.  Mort's daughter Allie seeks her father's help to stay safe from the Russian crime lord seeking revenge (through Allie) on her drug cartel running lover.  Mort's son has written a book about The Fixer, not knowing how close she really is.

As the story progresses, the tension only winds tighter.  Allie's past is catching up with her as bad guys of several ilks are closing in on her location.  Lydia (presumably unbeknownst to Mort) has apparently taken on another client ... and not for her psychology practice.

From the standpoint of having completed the book, it is easy to see the points at which the author reveals nuggets of key information.  More than enough details are given by Woods, at the right time, to keep readers well engaged.  It's that foggy gray area between not enough and too much information where we are treated to a delicious sense of danger - kind of like taking that super-roller coaster ride instead of staying on the ground.

There is a definite sadness and sense of loss at the end of the book, but not for the reason you might think.  I really can't say more than that, and I just hope somehow that the 'unforgiveable' can be 'fixed' in a future installment.



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T. E. Woods is as eager as her fans to return to the thrilling world of the Justice series. She’s busy writing the next installment and is developing a new series set in Madison, Wisconsin.

T. E. Woods is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Madison, Wisconsin. Her scientific writings are well represented in peer-reviewed journals and academic texts. Her literary works earned her first place for Fiction at the University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute. Dr. Woods enjoys kayaking, hiking, biking, and hanging around the house while her two dogs help her make sense of the world. Her habit of relaxing by conjuring up any manner of diabolical murder methods and plots often finds her friends urging her to take up knitting.


(Disclosure:  I received a copy of The Unforgivable Fix by T. E. Woods from the author and publisher via TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  I should add that I was supposed to post this review at an earlier date, but life stepped in, and I was unable to maintain that commitment.  I regret any disappointments this may have caused anyone concerned - the fault was entirely my own.  However, this had no bearing on the content or tone of my review.)

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