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The Girl Most Likely: A Thriller (Krista Larson Book #1) by Max Allan Collins

The Blurb:

It’s never too late for revenge in this thrilling novel by New York Times bestselling and award-winning crime master Max Allan Collins.

In a small Midwest town, twenty-eight-year-old Krista Larson has made her mark as the youngest female police chief in the country. She’s learned from the best: her father, Keith, a decorated former detective. But as accustomed as they are to the relative quiet of their idyllic tourist town, things quickly turn with Krista’s ten-year high school reunion.

With the out-of-towners holed up in a lakefront lodge, it doesn’t take long to stir up old grudges and resentments. Now a successful TV host, Astrid Lund, voted the “Girl Most Likely to Succeed”—and then some—is back in town. Her reputation as a dogged reporter has made the stunning blonde famous. Her reputation among her former classmates and rivals has made her infamous. Astrid’s list of enemies is a long one. And as the reunion begins, so does a triple murder investigation.

Krista and her father are following leads and opening long-locked doors from their hometown to the Florida suburbs to Chicago’s underworld. They just never imagined what would be revealed: the secrets and scandals of Krista’s own past.

About Max Allan Collins

Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 2006. He has also published under the name Patrick Culhane. He and his wife, Barbara Collins, have written several books together. Some of them are published under the name Barbara Allan. Book Awards Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1984) : True Detective Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1992) : Stolen Away Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1995) : Carnal Hours Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1997) : Damned in Paradise Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1999) : Flying Blind: A Novel about Amelia Earhart Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (2002) : Angel in Black Japanese: マックス・アラン・コリンズ or マックス・アラン コリンズ

My Review

When former classmates, are being murdered, prior to a high school reunion, Police Chief Krista Larson, also a co-student from the class of 2009, investigates to catch the killer. With such an obvious link, the perpretator must be someone close to home so everyone is a suspect. The characters and the plot were solidly constructed and put together. I especially liked Krista's father, a retired detective that added more flesh to the protagonist's character and the plot. Looking forward to Krista Larson's next case, and I hope her dad is involved.

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