This means a lot to me, since it comes from an organization of independent mystery booksellers. They select a few books a month to promote, and The Gatekeeper was one of them!
Here's the review, and a link to it:
Who better to pick the best mystery books of the month than the people who run mystery bookstores?
Each month, the 40-odd quirky stores that make up IMBA submit their favorite recent reads to a rotating editor who then trims the list to five.
Every selection is a gem that otherwise might have been lost among the more than 100 mysteries published each month.
In Gatekeeper, Michelle Gagnon’s feisty FBI Agent Kelly Jones is faced with a truly horrifying case. The Senator from Arizona who has taken a hard-line stance against illegal immigration is found in pieces on a memorial near the State capitol building.
Meanwhile, Kelly’s fiancé, Jake Riley, and his partner, Syd, who’s ex-FBI herself, take on their first case. Madison, the 16-year-old daughter of Randall Grant, the man in charge of accounting for all the low-level radioactive waste in the United States, has been kidnapped. Grant turns to Jake and Syd to try to get his daughter back. The price the kidnappers are demanding has nothing to do with money, and everything to do with radioactive material.
As Kelly and Jake pursue their individual cases, they are both in a race against time, and as their cases converge, the truly unthinkable begins to emerge.
This is by far and away the best of Ms. Gagnon’s novels. Her writing style, as always, is fast-paced and gripping, but it’s the topic of her book that bears careful scrutiny. The Gatekeeper is a grim warning about what could happen when ego, finances, and fanaticism come together to make a strong political statement. It’s a terrifyingly plausible scenario, and Michelle Gagnon delivers it in a way that’s guaranteed to keep you thinking – and looking around you – long after you’ve put the book down.