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The Last Clinic - Gary Gusick

Darla Cavannah owes Sheriff Shelby a favor.  He’s come to collect.  The good news is she can run the controversial murder of Reverend Jimmy Aldridge’s murder any way she chooses.  The bad news is she’ll be working with Tommy Reylander, an Elvis impersonator on the side.  Being pro-life, Reverend Jimmy had led many protests outside of Jackson Women’s Health Clinic.  His style of protest was to carry a cross with the picture of a baby stapled to it.  The sign read, “Aren’t you glad I was born?”  Dr. Nicoletti had performed several abortions at the clinic and becomes Reylander’s prime suspect.  Darla is not convinced and wants to further the investigation.  The community at large is behind Reylander; they want someone to pay for this horrific crime.  One of her many questions is why did the beloved Reverend have three thousand cash dollars in an envelope in the glove compartment of his SUV?

Set near Jackson, Mississippi, the small town charm is apparent throughout the story.  Even the Sheriff takes his time getting his point across.  There are many ‘good ole’ boys’ planted within the pages of this novel, and I enjoyed the author’s talent in presenting them with their ‘southern’ way of life.  It was a good mystery with a side story of sorts.  Someone else, with chapters of his own, is actively seeking and destroying abortion clinics.  Darla is smart, handling the ‘politics’ of the situation well.  The story line was well told and believable.  Rating: 4 out of 5.

On a side note – This is the first book in the Darla Cavannah series.  I had read them out of order, beginning with Officer Elvis (2nd in the series).  They can both be read as a stand-alone, but while reading this, I now already know what is going to happen to Tommy Reylander in book 2.  So, in summary, it may be best to read these in order.