Rest for the Wicked by Ellen Hart
After tossing back one last vodka shooter, DeAndre Moore tore through the crowded strip club, certain that the knee breaker who was hot on his heels would send him to the hospital if he didn’t get lost—and fast. He’d come early to have himself a couple of drinks and try to calm down. Tonight was the night. Either she would leave with him or … or what? Would he really turn her over to the cops? Did he have that right?
As soon as Sabrina stepped onto the nightclub floor and saw him, she walked straight to one of the goons stationed at the front door, pointed back at DeAndre, and said a few quick words. Time to bounce, he thought. He’d catch up with her later.
He took off running, dodging this way and that around the tables, thinking that if he could just put some distance between himself and the hired muscle he could make it to the kitchen, where he knew there was an exit out to the alley. Making a mad dash for a pair of swinging doors, he pushed inside. One of the line cooks thrust a knife at him and shouted, “Get the hell out of here.”
DeAndre plunged out the back door into the frigid night air, hearing a click as the door shut and locked behind him. That would be enough for the knee breaker. He merely wanted him out, with as little fuss as possible. The front door, his only way back in, would be barred for the rest of the night.
Standing in the dank, narrow alley, trying to catch his breath, he cursed himself for ever coming to Minneapolis. He should have stayed in St. Louis, minded his own business, let her sink or swim on her own. Yet when it became clear what she’d done, he couldn’t let it drop. He loved her. She’d always looked out for him, and now it was time he returned the favor. Even more, Sabrina held the key to his past. She’d been dangling it over his head for years, and he was sick of it. He’d come for an answer. One way or the other, he intended to get it.
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Jane is on the case trying to figure out who killed DeAndre. His murder gets caught up in some other murders that happen in Minneapolis. The police are on it but refuse to listen to Jane's clues.
I liked this book and the characters. I will probably read other books by Ellen Hart.