Risk Factor – Michael Brandman

Sheriff’s Deputy Buddy Steel is on a long vacation, contemplating life and what comes next, when he’s summarily summoned home by his father, after a bold robbery of his father’s home. Somehow, these thieves had managed to bypass an alarm system, gain access, and by all appearances, knew the exact layout of the house and where to strike. As Buddy attempts to familiarize himself with the robbery, he learns that there have been many other home invasions of a similar nature in Southern California. And no one seems to have any idea as to how the perpetrators are gaining access.  

Meanwhile, an old school friend comes to Buddy with a different problem. Andrew Snyder, owner of a financial services company, has just discovered all of his accounts have been hacked into and emptied in a cybercrime. Buddy hires Quinn Anthony to assist in that investigation, a young millennial computer wizard with a sharp wit and a disdain for the older generation. But Quinn quickly finds a trail and a possible link to the local branch of a well-known cartel. Then other local businesses are similarly drained, to a total sum in the millions. 

As the investigations into both crimes escalate, the home invaders remain just out of reach, but the danger heats up as Buddy & Quinn as they take on the cartel, and net their prey, while attempting to recover the missing millions. But the cartel strikes back, in a desperate move for revenge, putting Buddy in grave danger…

This was a great read! Full of suspense, snappy dialogue and laugh-out-loud moments, I picked it up yesterday afternoon and couldn’t put it down until the final page was turned! Buddy Steel and his exploits are quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Another great series to add to my ever growing list of favorites! 

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