Connecticut private investigator Brenda Corrino’s sixteen-year-old niece Madison has gone missing in Arizona. Known for bringing the DVD Murderer to justice during her stint as a Fairfield County homicide detective, her unacquainted sister Faith Brenna requests her help from Arizona.
Brenda recently went through a tough time herself, recovering from being raped and almost murdered by the DVD Murderer while working undercover. She broke ties with her boyfriend and wanted nothing to do with him, even though he helped to rescue her. She was labeled as having PTSD. After months of therapy, she has recovered to the point that she was able to resume her relationship with her boyfriend and now business partner, Dr. Darren Crowe.
Brenda arrives in Arizona and quickly befriends the local sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Logan Cartwright, who tells her about a similar case in a nearby town where another girl disappeared five years ago. The girl recently resurfaced unscathed and is unwilling to talk about where she has been for the past five years.
Faith and her husband have a few secrets of their own that Brenda must scrutinize to rule out possible suspects, including the two of them. She promises to not reveal Faith’s secret, as long as it does not get in the way of finding the people responsible for Madison’s disappearance. Brenda summons Darren to join her in Arizona to help find her niece.
Arizona is one of the states that have a large presence and reputation of human trafficking. Brenda becomes concerned that Madison may have become a victim. She realizes she is getting close to the truth when a Hummer purposely runs her car off an Arizona highway, causing her rental car to flip several times. She and Darren get banged-up but survive. Brenda is now more determined than ever to find Madison and put an end to her sister’s fears.
Brenda and Darren attend a party with her sister to observe and investigate her friends under the pretense of participating in partner swapping activities. As the party winds down, Brenda’s unique investigative style has provided her with enough insight into who might be involved in Madison’s vanishing act. She informs Sheriff Cartwright of her gut feelings and together they devise a plan to uncover the truth.
“Page turner to the end! by SweetT”
Endangered Species by Michael Altieri has me almost speechless because my adrenaline is so amped up after reading this thriller/mystery. In this story, Private Investigator Brenda Corrino, receives a frantic phone call from a half-sister that she never new she had pleading for her assistance to find her missing niece, Madison. Brenda travels from her home in Connecticut to her sister’s home in Arizona to investigate. She joins forces with Deputy Sheriff Cartwright to try and find her niece. The case is strange since Madison appears to have left home without her driver’s license or cell phone…which no teenager would do in this day and age. I won’t give the story away, but it’s a troubling tale that could be from a current day news headline. It is not for children unless used as a cautionary tale for teens. I especially loved the way the author wrote the story going between the viewpoints of Brenda’s investigation and Madison’s experiences. This story had everything I love: twists and turns along with a little romance and erotica thrown in the mix. It definitely deserves the five stars I’m giving it, and I’d give it more if possible. I liked it so much that I plan to read another book by this author.