Jeffrey Round's 5th mystery featuring Canadian P.I. Dan Sharp. This series is a little more gritty and modern than the bulk of the series I read and review, but the Dan Sharp books are consistent winners and great reads, so I make an exception.
I have enjoyed the characters' development over the course of the series and the author has a deft hand with foreshadowing and planning. In the forward, Jeffrey Round says that as he wrote the book, he feared it would be too over the top and unbelievable but that as time went on, the political landscape in the USA and Canada made it more of a realistically cautionary tale than pure fiction.
Although the book is brutal and gritty in places, the violence is never gratuitous and always serves to move the plot along and provide a counterpoint to the more personal and emotional side of the narrative.
It's a fairly substantial (335 page) book and is very well written. It could definitely be read as a standalone, all the necessary background info is provided without feeling forced or unnatural. Published by Dundurn and released on Feb, 2018 in ebook and paperback formats.
Four stars, I think this one is my favorite in the series thus far.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.