Today I will be reviewing Open Season by Maryann Miller.
This novel is full of situations of racial tension that are interesting and provocative. It starts with Angel's partner, Sarah, having shot a young African American male in a shootout and killed him, and despite it being an accident it creates a huge problem for Angel who has to decide if she will keep working for her, or if she needs to find a new partner or leave the force because of how terribly things have gone regarding Sarah's career.
The book has strong echoes of events happening in America today and resonates with a clear message regarding racial strife and tension. The book is incredibly emotional, and through everything it makes it clear that both of these women have important decisions to make about their futures, both together and on their own. It isn't going to be easy.
The writing style is crisp and dramatic and pulls the reader firmly into the story, and I definitely can see a lot of readers being pulled into the series and reading the next book as well to find out what happens to these women next! It is a fairly standard police procedural, but with a lot of clever and emotional twists.
Definitely worth reading, and for fans of the genre and female leads in police procedurals, this will be well-worth it!
About the Author
Maryann Miller, an award-winning author, has been in love with story-telling since she was a child and used to scare her sister with stories of the monsters in the cellar. Those tales were never written down. They were always whispered in the dark, and when Maryann started writing stories, they were different types entirely.
As a young child, she didn't consider that she would grow up to be a writer. She fancied herself quite the singer and thought she would someday sing in front of crowds of thousands. Alas, that proved to be more dream than reality.
At another point in her childhood, she dreamed of being an actress, but it took many years before she was brave enough to give it a try. She is the Theatre Directer at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts where she has directed shows for a number of years, and just in the past few years she finally decided to try playing a role. It appears she was more suited to acting than singing, and she has since starred in several productions at various community theatres in East Texas.
A diverse writer of columns, feature stores, short fiction, novels, screenplays and stage plays, Maryann has won numerous awards including being a semi-finalist at the Sundance Institute for her screenplay, A Question Of Honor. She has also received the Page Edwards Short Story Award and the 2015 Best Mystery award for Doubletake.
Miller lives on some acreage in the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas with one horse, one goat, one sheep, one dog, and four cats. She has been writing all her life and plans to die at her computer.