Second chances do not come often, and some people cherish them a soar while others flourish for a short time and go back to their old ways. Raymond Donne is the Dean of a school and a former Brooklyn cop. Working in a school requires that each person be vetted and making sure that they are safe to be with the students. Maurice Joseph, aka MOJO, was a repeated drug offender. Giving him a second chance at life he did community service work at the Williamsburg school where Donne is the Dean. He was off drugs, working hard, not dangerous, the students loved him, and his wife was expecting a child. Lisa his wife is a drug counselor and monitored him and made sure that he was not using. Working in the school was paramount to him and keeping his pigeons on the roof of the school and his hydroponic garden was why he was on the school’s roof. But, if he was clean what was 60 bags of heroin in his pockets and who shot him in the back with an arrow? Things take a dark turn when Raymond and MoJo’s partner in his security business, Edgar learn more about a client that Edgar never knew about. Allison Rogers is Ray’s girlfriend and a reporter for an online publication and her goal is to get the scoop in this story before the other papers. The author shares more information about MoJo who spent time in drug rehab and was proud of his new life. Owning and working for a security company was second to his work in the school gut somehow the police think as the investigation moves ahead, that he was in the possession of heroin and that casts a shadow of doubt around him and that he was working for a White Nationalist. Edgar is worried about this new client that he knew nothing about and asks Ray to meet with him. David Henderson is the client and Ray’s instincts kick in the minute he meets him. Something about him does not ring true and the questions asked by Edgar and Ray are not honestly answered. Allison has sources and runs insider stories on White Nationalists from a source that was once part of this group. Claiming to be hedge fund manager, hoping that Edgar can find his missing stepson, Brian a 16-year-old who uses drugs and has disappeared before, why hire him when he is not trained in the field of finding missing persons? Hiring him to find Brian and white nationalist Duke Lansing sheds a dark light on MoJo’s memory. Things spiral out of control when Edgar receives a video of MoJo and Duke Lansing then Allison does a feature article on a young runaway named Harlan, who is hiding from the White Nationalists, and lives hand to mouth on the street afraid for his life. MoJo’s toxic screens comes back with fentanyl laced with heroin. Detective James Royce is on this case and dealing with Donne is nothing new to him and yet he does not want him involved but somehow Donne is going to be knee deep in this case. Duke Lansing is dangerous, and each time MoJo was to meet with him, and his group certain protocols were in place and we learn that Lansing needed his help with security so why kill him? A phone call from his sister Rachel sends Donne in many directions as he learns the truth about MoJo and the fact that he just might have been using. But, then a student from the past, Tio comes face to face with him and wants him to go to Rikers to speak with someone called Gater claiming he might have information about what happened to MoJo. Heroin, fentanyl , working for a White Nationalist? With Allison’s story, and then a young teen claiming he was working with MoJo and then Edgar who had no idea what his partner was doing things take on many dark turns. David Henderson is not who he appears to be and Donne makes contact with him at the memorial for MoJo when we learn that he has a serious connection to him and that he hopes that Edgar will pick up where his partner left off. No one knew that he was a CI, and no one knew that he was working with the Feds. Donne handed the recording to the detective in charge and Henderson is now in the crosshairs with police law enforcement, his own bosses and more.
Allison is running with the story about the young teen missing from the White Nationalist group and Henderson knows about him will they hamper her case? Will she be in danger? Lives are at stake and the handling of this situation comes down to whether the police or the FBI can handle the drug dealers, White Nationalists and mobsters without getting anyone else killed. Author Tim O’Mara places readers inside the minds of these White Nationalists hearing their voices as well as David Henderson hoping to take down Lansing.
Things take a darker turn as Raymond meets with some of Gator’s contacts and then learns the truth about why he was in jail and how he was set up. MoJo lived at Newer Leaves which helped get him back in society and away from drugs. The program is for two years, rigid and helps many users and drug addicts find a place outside. But, when the police get closer to this them and David Henderson reveals something to Raymond, they realize that Maurice’s death was linked to someone at Newer Leaves that was giving drugs to the residents and more. Lives are at stake and Raymond meets with more of the drug dealers learning about their operations but even more just how what he learns might be linked to two other murders. Added in Allison notices that might lead them to whoever was involved. White Nationalists are behind what is happening, their messages are loud and clear as several who thought they could leave took Allison as hostage using her website and her posts to get their messages across. Deals are made, lives are sold down the river, betrayals, deceptions and the final scenes filled with unsuspecting surprises. Allison is being held, guns are drawn, Lansing is present, Harlan too and several who think they can escape and leave the White Nationalists. The ending is shocking, and Allison’s life is in check as the police, his Uncle Ray, the detectives in charge and a whole group of police officers plus, Edgar, Billy and Henderson hopefully will help save the day. But the ending is not what you would expect. Raymond must make a spur of the second decision which changes the dynamics of his life, his relationship with Allison and more. What will happen next for them? What about his life as a dean? Will Raymond realize he belongs as a Detective again? An arrow laced with drugs, a spear and an ax or blunt instrument of some sort as author Tim O’Mara brings this part of the story to an end but is it really the end as drugs, mob connections, fear, hate, prejudice, racism, discrimination and more are never ending as we see in the news today. When someone is caught in a bad situation, or to owe money, or you are in a tight spot, you on said to be on THE HOOK. A compelling story that deals with right, wrong, injustice, the system and how some in powerful positions think they are above the law. The ending will leave you will some questions of your own as Raymond’s split-second decision has some controversial opinions.
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