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Lisa Black’s latest book due to be released in October

August 21, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Local author Lisa Black will release her fifth book in the Gardiner and Renner series, "Let Justice Descend," this October.

The Gardiner and Renner series is a sequence of thrillers named after Black's two main characters, Maggie Gardiner, a forensic investigator, and Jack Renner, a vigilante killer cop.

Black introduced the two characters in her first acclaimed Gardiner and Renner suspense novel "That Darkness" and continued their story in "Unpunished," "Perish" and "Suffer the Children," all earning four stars from Amazon.

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"Let Justice Descend" begins three days before a U.S. Senate election in Cleveland, Ohio, (author Black's hometown) as U.S. Sen. Diane Cragin stepped onto the doorstep of her home, grabbed the door handle and died by electrocution. Cragin's chief of staff, Kelly Henessey, blames the senator's political opponent, Joey Green, who is also the city's development director.

The book centers around development in the city of Cleveland and when the investigators find nearly a million dollars in cash in the dead senator's safe, Gardiner's forensic analysis of the cash leads them into a web of political corruption and bribery.

Cragin returned to Cleveland from Washington D.C., in the final days of the campaign to advance a water intake renovation project for the city of Cleveland. Unfortunately, the local Environmental Protection Agency officer, David Carlyle, opposes the project because the inlet will deliver contaminated water to the city.

Cragin's opponent , Green, supports a second project, StartUp Central. StartUp Central is an entrepreneurial project promoted by Connor Scofield. However, construction of the building would also cause environmental damage to the city's water. The story takes a turn when EPA's Carlyle receives a letter suspected of containing anthrax.

Is Cragin's murder related to the EPA's involvement in one or both of the community development projects that will harm the citizens of Cleveland or is it related to the political campaign?

In addition to the police, Cragin, Green, Scofield and the two environmentally damaging projects are being investigated by a local newspaper reporter, Lori Russo, from the Cleveland Herald. When Russo is "found shot by her car next to the lake" the investigators question whether Russo was killed because she was getting too close and knew too much?

Finally, a third death occurs when Cragin's political opponent Green drops dead of what appears to be a heart attack.

Amazon reviews for Black's other Gardiner and Renner novels state: "a unique hero, shakes my foundation," "always keeps me off balance" and "highly entertaining."

In "Let Justice Descend," as the clock ticks down to the election, and one murder leads to another, the pace of the story picks up building to a truly surprising ending. This is a five star book and a great summer read.

All of Black's books are available at "Let Justice Descend" is 336 pages and will be available in hardcover, Kindle and audio Oct. 29.



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