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Under Pressure by Sara Driscoll
Series: FBI K-9 #6
Published by Kensington Books on November 30, 2021
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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FBI handler Meg Jennings and her K-9 partner, Hawk, are drawn into a case that involves a fortune in uncut gems, and an enemy whose power and ruthlessness know no bounds...
Diamonds are no one’s best friend when the jewels in question are smuggled conflict gems. Meg Jennings and her Labrador, Hawk, have undertaken many search-and-rescue missions, but this case has an unusual twist. A Philadelphia syndicate is importing diamonds from war-torn African nations and selling them with fake certificates to Stateside dealers. Agent Finn Pierce of the Organized Crime Program is embedded with the syndicate, but being caught with a wire or tracking device would mean instant execution. If Meg, her partner Brian Foster, and their dogs can track Pierce to a deal location, they can break the smuggling chain while maintaining Pierce’s cover.
With the syndicate monitoring every move, it’s a risky operation with more players than Meg and Brian first assumed—on both sides of the law. And when one of their own gets caught in the line of fire, the team embarks on a desperate rescue mission, knowing that mere seconds are all that separate life and death...
I was interested to see where this series would go next. I’ve been reading the whole FBI K-9 series, mostly through the library or KindleUnlimited. It’s really enjoyable with plenty of police work and seems to make good use of the dogs, keeping them well into the story. There is a really nice development of the team, along with the personal relationships of the main characters.
Meg with Hawk and Brian with Lacey are partners in the Human Scent team, doing primarily search and rescue. But they can also scent and track criminals from a scene. Lacey was injured in the last book on such a search. She is back in on the action. In Under Pressure, the team is scenting an undercover cop embedded into a criminal organization to catch them. It is really smart strategy but also extremely dangerous if they are seen.
The romance is in the background but still nice developments with Meg and Todd, along with her sister, Cara and Clay, moved into their duplex. Clay McCord has established himself as part of their team, even though he is a reporter. He takes too many risks and suffers some consequences here.
I love this series and definitely will keep reading as many as are written. The combination of a caring group of friends / family , dogs, smart police work and exciting tracking works for me.
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