This was another enjoyable entry into Dee and Ryo's world. This one seemed longer and more serious in tone than the previous books and much of it focused on Dee's childhood dad figure and explained why an orphaned street punk decided to become a police officer. Carol is kidnapped by a deranged serial killer who enjoys keeping "pets" and cutting off their hands when he's through with them. As I said, this was one of the darker entries. One book to go and I'm done the series.