David Porter, Houston Police Department’s finest detective, is finally on a long-promised family vacation along with his best friend, Paul Lafitte, and Elena DeLuca, both also detectives with HPD. While the group spends a day tubing on the Guadalupe River, world leaders are gathering for a religious summit being held in Houston at the invitation of President Jackie Wilson. When they arrive back at their campground David is alerted to the fact that the Prime Minister of Japan was murdered and the USA named as the culprit.
The FBI, CIA, and Homeland Security along with the Secret Service have all gathered to increase protection of the remaining leaders and attempt to determine who are the real killers. David’s chief requests their return immediately as unofficial members of the team. Once David and Paul start gathering evidence they are quickly made official team members, and David is summoned to meet with the president.
As promised by those who had broadcast Prime Minister Akio Yoshida’s last moments, another world leader is murdered. Iraqi President Sivan Awad is dead. Both Yoshida and Awad appear to have died of heart attacks. The medical examiner, after conferring with David, begins looking for ways to induce a heart attack that is almost undetectable.
Meanwhile, the major players at the religious summit are threatening the US with war if their leaders are not returned unharmed. Troops are being readied to swoop in and take their leaders by force, if necessary. The US has sequestered the remaining world leaders with their whereabouts on a need to know basis only.
Keys’ fourth novel in the David Porter Mystery series, Death Toll Rising, is a hard hitting, non-stop, action packed conspiracy thriller. Porter’s character is level headed and methodical. He barely gets any sleep when he is working a case and neither will you as you will want to read this book straight through to the end. This is one of the most well written and most engaging political mysteries that I have ever read.
Now that I have read book four, I am going to go back and read the first three. It is with pleasure that I recommend this novel for your enjoyment.
5 out of 5 stars.
I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the content of my review.