Ana Rocha has recently left her position as a prison guard to become an undercover narcotics officer for the Houston Police Department. Her primary influence in making this move comes from an event in her past that she can’t let go of: her older sister, Angela, was gunned down during a drive-by shooting at a soup kitchen. At the start of the story, she has just received her gun and badge and her first day’s assignment: go out, buy drugs, and tag the dealer so they can be arrested at a later time. She succeeds far beyond expectations.
Her partner, an experienced narcotics officer named Bryan Fulton, feels like the typical police detective, closed off to the world, brooding, and deeply wounded. At first, he speaks only to tell Ana what she’s doing wrong, or to challenge her way of thinking. It seems fairly clear he is worried she isn’t going to make it, and that her inexperience and cockiness will end up getting her, or him, killed.
The story follows Ana as she uncovers more evidence regarding her sister’s death, while all the time managing to keep her position with the police department a secret from her family, a line that gets very thin, very quickly. It is both heart wrenching and exciting, leaving the reader rooting for Ana and scared for her at the same time.
The characters Habib and Mendoza created are believable and relatable. Ana is the tough-as-nails, no holds barred undercover cop who is driven by one thing; finding the people responsible for the death of her sister and bringing them to justice. Her actions are mostly believable throughout the story, though there were a few instances I rolled my eyes at a bit.
Overall, I loved the story and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of mystery/crime/thriller style novels. My only issue with the book was the frequent, overuse of adverbs. The characters don’t just close doors, they aggressively close them. They don’t just whisper, they quietly whisper. There were far too many, and I feel they clogged up the story.
Final analysis: Great characters; real-life, believable story-line; honest emotions. I give it 4 stars!