"Silenced" (St. Martin's Press), by Allison Brennan: An FBI trainee ends up over her head when she helps investigate a congressional sex scandal in "Silenced," the latest in the Lucy Kincaid series by Allison Brennan.
Lucy is rising up the ranks of the FBI, and she's ready for her final round of training. A woman found dead in a park appears to be the victim of a sexual attack. When she's identified as the mistress of a congressman, the case appears to be a slam-dunk. Then another woman is murdered and the evidence reveals she was a high-class prostitute with several well-known clients. Is the congressman covering his tracks?
A simple case becomes complicated when Lucy's P.I. boyfriend helps her with the investigation. They quickly discover a witness who appears to know the killer's identity and the truth behind the deaths. As Lucy and her boyfriend continue their investigation, the FBI starts pressuring Lucy to back off, putting her reputation, career -- and possibly her life -- at stake.
Brennan throws a lot of story lines into the air and juggles them like a master. The mystery proves to be both compelling and complex. Previous knowledge of Lucy Kincaid books isn't necessary to enjoy this chilling and twisty romantic suspense gem.