Dark River Rising

Dark River Rising

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Struggling with a complicated personal life and a partner out on medical leave, Baton Rouge police detective Wallace Hartman investigates a gruesome murder at the side of Federal Agent Mason Cunningham in an uneasy partnership that ties the case to the disappearance of a government lab scientist. A first novel.

McMillan Palgrave

“A finely crafted ensemble and a balanced grace makes this debut novel as hard to resist as blue ribbon gumbo.” Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries, the basis for the Netflix hit drama Longmire

Dark River Rising is a tense and expertly-plotted mystery set against the bayous of Louisiana, from debut author Roger Johns.

Baton Rouge Police Detective Wallace Hartman has had better days. With her long-time partner and mentor on medical leave and a personal life in shambles, she’s called to the scene of a particularly gruesome murder: the body of a known criminal has been found in a deserted warehouse, a snake sewn into his belly. Obvious signs of torture point to a cunning and cold-blooded killer who will stop at nothing to find what he’s looking for.

When Federal Agent Mason Cunningham arrives on the scene, Wallace expects a hostile takeover of the case. But when a scientist with ties to the victim goes missing from a government lab, she needs Mason’s federal connections as much as he needs her local insight, and the two form an uneasy partnership to solve a case that grows more complicated—and dangerous—by the minute.

Meanwhile, the killer lurks in the shadows with an agenda no one saw coming, and when Wallace and Mason threaten to get in the way they risk losing everything they hold dear. Including their lives.

Publisher: Minotaur Books,, 2017
ISBN: 9781250110114
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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Oct 25, 2017

I think Roger Johns' debut novel, DARK RIVER RISING, is amazing as a novel period and as a debut piece of work. The cover jacket says "...crime fiction at it's best." and I would agree with that. It has a very interesting story line dealing with cocaine and synthetic drugs. It has local cop - federal agent interaction that is extremely well crafted and results in both interesting dialogue and advancement of the story line. It is a fast read that doesn't skip details but doesn't get lost in them either. I really liked this book and am adding him to my watch list and hoping to see an equally entertaining and well-written 2nd book. And I am very interested in whether the two main-characters will return in a sequel or if this is a one-off. Either way would be fine,but I am hoping for the former. Enjoy!


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