Darkness (Common Law #3)

: Darkness (Common Law Book 3)
Author: Kate Sherwood
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 6, 2017
Genre(s): Mystery / Suspense
Page Count: 189
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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Darkness is the third book in Kate Sherwood's engrossing Common Law series and for once, the murder is straightforward and the murderer obvious. Or is it? Will Archer, Jericho and Wade's mentally incapacitated former classmate, is charged with the murder of a prostitute. Fingerprints and blood evidence is all there ... yet ... Jericho's gut instinct tells him something is not right.

The Common Law series has been toying with the idea of sides, loyalties and absolutes - are Wade and Jericho on opposite sides of the law? Is one right and the other wrong? How much "gray" is acceptable in the black and white arena of law enforcement? As DEA Agent Hockley says:

It’s a small town. I’m learning what that means. Relationships aren’t as black and white up here. In the city, cops can stay away from criminals. Up here, they might have gone to school with you, live next door to you, be related to you, whatever. It’s not a mess, it’s just different.
I know I keep saying this, but this series keeps getting better and better with every book. And in "Darkness" Sherwood really pushes the reader to decide where the limits are - is one murder better or worse than another? Does every murderer deserve to be punished? Are there things that can't be fixed, "not with all the laws you could ever come up with"?

But as the world around them battles with absolutes and moral ambiguity, Wade and Jericho are slowly coming into sync with each other:
But he [Wade] seemed confused, surprised by Jericho’s words. “You and me are always on the same side,” he said as if it were an obvious truth, at least to him. “Any way that counts, any way that matters? We’re on the same side.”
Wade and Jericho have progressed from a kiss to a blow job to a fade-to-black love scene, but IMHO it reads more intense, more meaningful than any number of graphic sex scenes.

All I can say is don't miss the opportunity to read the Common Law series. 5 stars.

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