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Rattled from a run-in with a cult and desperate for answers, Detective Betty Rhyzyk decides to go rogue—but her investigation leads straight into the dark underworld of the Dallas drug cartel.

Forced into therapy, a desk assignment, and domestic bliss, Betty's at the point of breaking when she decides to go rogue, investigating her own department and chasing down phantom sightings of the cult leader who took her hostage. The chase will lead her to the dark heart of a drug cartel terrorizing Dallas, and straight to the crooked cops who plan to profit from it all. There's never a dull moment in Dallas, especially now that Detective Betty's back.
 
There's not much that can make Detective Betty Rhyzyk flinch, but her last case was particularly terrifying. Struggling to adjust to life as it once was, while she's back at work as a narcotics detective, something still isn't right. At work someone has been assassinating confidential informants, and her partner seems to be increasingly dependent on the painkillers he was prescribed after rescuing Betty. At home, she's having a tough time connecting with her loving wife. Betty decides to go rogue, investigating her own department and chasing down the cult leader who took her hostage. But the chase will lead her to the dark heart of a drug cartel terrorizing Dallas, and straight to the crooked cops who plan to profit from it all.

There's never a dull moment in Dallas, especially now that Detective Betty's back.

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Praise

"Gripping . . . Briskly paced, The Burn barely allows the reader to take a breath as believable twists careen throughout."—Oline Cogdill, Associated Press
"Deeply satisfying . . . [Betty is] an obsessive, borderline unstable, fascinating, Brooklyn-born seeker of truth. . . . With Betty Rhyzyk, Kathleen Kent brings those mean streets to life as excitingly as anybody has in years."—The Washington Post
"Harsh, violent reality is the daily fare for Dallas police detective Betty Rhyzyk, the narrator of Kathleen Kent's satisfying The Burn."— The Wall Street Journal
"Kent's Dallas setting is so meticulously drawn that one can practically smell the streets, the sour odor of the street people. All of her characters are memorable, and not a single one, even the minor characters, is less than three dimensional."—NewYork Journal of Books
"A suspenseful mystery right up until the end --- and an effective exploration of trauma and its ongoing repercussions, not only for survivors but also for those who care about, and for, them."—BookReporter
"Kent continues to reinvent and subvert traditional noir expectations with the larger-than-life, damaged, courageous Betty. . . . Action-driven mystery anchored by dynamic, deep characters."—Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"A gripping, powerfully human procedural"—Booklist
PRAISE FOR THE DIME:

"Exciting [and] moving... Grisly but likable."—The Wall Street Journal
"Terrific... Kent's own ability to avoid predictable outcomes and keep the reader on edge bodes well for future installments in this series."—Chicago Tribune
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