Delacorte, Jun 2002, 21.95, 336 pp.
Wyoming Special Agent Anton Burns goes to Laramie to investigate the death of a young female mountain climber. The local officials quickly declare that Kate Dunning died from an accidental fall, but Anton has immediate doubts that a major cover-up is occurring.
As he begins to make inquiries into the final days of Kate, Anton also deals with his media image of "Quick Draw" and "rogue cop" for recently killing thugs in a nasty confrontation. He also receives no support from his superiors on the Laramie case, but plugs away. Soon his investigation leads to a series of beatings and literally one cliffhanging scenario after another. Still the obstinate but disillusioned law enforcement official continually climbs uphill trying to expose the conspiracy that conceals the murder of Kate.
Though an exciting police procedural with the added dimension of mountain climbing, EDGE OF JUSTICE is overwhelmed with too many subplots. When the story line focuses on Anton's investigation of Kate's death, it is a fast-paced thriller that takes no prisoners. When the tale spins into Anton's personal life through his girlfriend and his brother, it feels like intruders have invaded the prime theme. Still Clinton McKinzie provides sub-genre readers with a strong novel that hopefully will lead to future appearances of the heroic Anton, but in a more taut tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner