K Street: A Kay Hamilton Novel #3. M. A. Lawson. Penguin Publishing Group. January 2017. 304 pp. ISBN #: 9780399573842.
K Street in Washington, D.C. is renowned as the home of lobbyists of special corporations, business groups and companies representing special interest. Their job is to influence the course of American policy through the Senate and House of Representatives. However, on the same street is one group that carries out activities that the President wants done secretly, and so the group exists with absolutely no connection to any member of government. The novel opens with a killing job that goes awry. When it’s all over, two of the attackers are dead as well as Callahan, the head of this secret group, landing in the hospital in critical condition and another of his employees dead. Kay Hamilton had been going to meet with Callahan to let him know she was quitting as his worker; instead she walked into a barrage of bullets flying and dead bodies everywhere. Before he goes into a coma, he whispers a letter to Kay, which immediately sets her in a specific direction to find the thieves and murderers.
Kay is determined to find out who is behind this attack. No spoilers here. Suffice to say that the people in charge of this mayhem are just as determined not to be found. The question is twofold: should Callahan and Hamilton be allowed to live or can they remain alive and harmless regarding a higher mission, the passing of military secrets to a foreign government?
Kay Hamilton was originally fired from her DEA job for doing things her way instead of following rules and protocol. She’s no different here as she refuses to carry out someone else’s narrowly-defined investigation. The result is a satisfying romp with constant surprises, tension, deaths, and answers slowly revealed. Kay Hamilton is an intelligent, street-savvy investigator who gets the job done and keeps the reader guessing through the entire process!
K Street.. is a great read and will thrill all those who love adventure and a great mystery!