Though detective and legal thrillers are not my usual fare, I gave this one a chance because I live near enough to Mobile to be interested in the setting.
Mike Connolly, as the protagonist, is an intersting subject for a compelling story. Characters with their own personal demons always make the most interesting heroes. Mike is a recovering acoholic who has lost his family and a fair amount of his own self-respect over the years. Now he is reformed but still fighting the shadows of his former life.
The subject of this story is tough on the senses. Sexual slavery and prostitution aren't the normal topics for Christian fiction. The fact that these things exist in deep in the heart of the Bible belt make this story even more compelling. Kudos to the the author for tackling them.
With all that said, the novel ends up being little more that Christian pulp fiction. And not great pulp fiction (i.e. Ted Dekker). The story is overloaded with far too many physical descriptions (street names, shop names,etc...)As a native of the area in the novel, I found these interesting but I am quite sure no one from anywhere else would care one bit about this glut of information.
There is great promise in the story's hero. But the great story did not become a really good novel.