Enticed back to the police force, Lorne again teams up with Katy, her former partner. Things are no longer the same between them, though. Katy is now Lorne's superior which could prove detrimental to their latest investigation.
The crime itself is perplexing: Four small boys discover the corpse of a woman in an abandoned warehouse. CCTV footage shows the woman was abducted in broad daylight by two hooded men. When questioned, the woman's husband swears she had no known enemies and he thought she was on holiday at the time of her death.
During the investigation a personal problem unfolds for Lorne when her teenage, daughter, Charlie, attends a friend's eighteenth birthday party - with dire consequences.
Lorne Warner is back with a boom in Mel Comley's latest and much anticipated addition to her Justice series, 'Hostile Justice'.
After some persuasion by her husband Tony, her former boss Sean Roberts and ex partner Katy Foster, Lorne quits her PI duties and returns to the force for the third time. Tony and her daughter Charlie are now in charge of running the animal shelter. Once again Lorne is working with Katy, but their roles have now been exchanged. Due to her retirement from the force, Lorne is now back to DS, while Katy has in the meantime been promoted to DI.
Immediately after a warm welcome back by her colleagues, Lorne finds herself in the midst of a gruesome murder investigation. A headless woman's body is discovered by four young boys in an abandoned warehouse. Katy and Lorne have no clues regarding the woman's identity, however from the expensive diamond ring and clothing, they quickly deduce that she must have surely been a wealthy woman.
Whilst investigating the woman's murder, Lorne quickly finds another equally heinous crime case dropped in her lap - this time closer to home. Her daughter Charlie is invited to her best friend Wendy's eighteenth birthday party which unfortunately does not end up as intended.
I literally couldn't put this book down and finished devouring it whole in just a few hours. Like the rest of the series, 'Hostile Justice' is brim-full with suspense and loaded with interesting and believable characters and realistic dialogue. I'm absolutely certain that like me, all Mel Comley's (and Lorne Warner's) fans will really enjoy 'Hostile Justice'. Once the first page is turned, you will simply not be able to stop reading all the rest.