Former police detective Karen Seagate is drinking herself to oblivion and having dangerous sex with losers from the bar when the new police chief tracks her down. The brutal rape and murder of a state senator by a lone-wolf extremist gives Seagate a chance to return to the department, but the new chief has set down some rules, and Seagate is not good with rules. At this point, she is just trying to stay alive. With nothing left to lose and nobody left to trust—not even her partner, Ryan—Seagate goes off the grid to find the killer. She doesn’t care that she will be fired again. She has much bigger problems, now that she has been captured inside the neo-Nazi compound.
Here are some comments from Amazon reviewers:
“Mike Markel knows how to write dialogue! The chatter in Seagate’s head is at once tragic and hilarious. Yes, this woman is a mess, but for some reason I liked her from the beginning. The author pulls no punches with this story and Seagate ends up on the losing end more than once. Still I couldn’t help but hope that she’d find a way to pull herself together and solve the brutal murder.”
“If you enjoy detective novels, add Deviations to your reading list. Detectives Seagate and Miner are not to be missed.”
“If you love reading compelling page turners full with a vivid sense of place, wise-ass and witty characters, well-turned plot, and engaging dialogue in stories informed by an understanding of the ways in which we hurt ourselves, heal ourselves, and move on motivated by a belief that everyone deserves what’s coming to them–justice for all, whether welcomed or feared–you will be rewarded in reading Markel’s two novels. The characters are vulnerable and real; the stories vivid and violent, yet admirably restrained; the pacing masterful; and the theme timeless.”
“Detective Seagate is a wreck, like the aftermath of a head-on collision. She’s a drunk, lost her job, and doesn’t give a hoot about anything including herself. . . . Every step she takes and every decision she makes puts you on the edge of your seat and keeps you there. You want to yell out, “I need to warn you” and “Don’t do that,” but she does it anyway. I can’t go into more details as it would spoil the read, but you want more and she gives you some and then you get hungry and want more. The book is well written, the characters are unique and understandable and her cause is blatant, and full of questions. You can love and hate her, and then you want even more. It’s hard to put this one down. I enjoyed every page and gave it 5-stars.”