Texas Writing At Its Best – My Book Review

by Anita Dickason
Pages: 324 pages
Publication Date: July 4, 2021
Genre: Suspense / Thriller / Crime Thriller

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A Texas Multi-Billion Dollar Lure!

Following a tactical raid at an Oklahoma farm, a phone call sends U.S. Deputy Marshal Piper McKay rushing back to the East Texas cattle ranch where she grew up. Her grandmother, Jennie Layton, is near death from a crushed skull. When local authorities claim the cause of the injury was an accident, Piper isn’t convinced.

Who wants Jennie dead and why? Is the reason connected to a dubious contract Piper finds in Jennie’s desk? Piper realizes her grandmother isn’t the only one in danger when she barely escapes a deadly attack. Thrust into the middle of a high-stakes, high-risk shell game, Piper’s become the target. The case takes a bizarre turn when Piper unknowingly crosses paths with a Special Ranger. If he can’t derail her investigation, it could cost him his life.

With millions of dollars on the line, nothing will stop a ring of cold-blooded killers, including the murders of a U.S. Marshal and a Special Ranger.


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Texas Writing At Its Best – My Book Review

“She laughed. “It’s why I switched to Jen’s truck. I’ve already decided to get another vehicle. No more cars.”

Author Anita Dickason takes her readers into a brilliantly written world of cattle rustling and cattle DNA. Then she intermixes a few murders and attempted murders into the story. This is the second book I’ve read by Anita. Deadly Business did not disappoint in any way. Fast-paced and incredibly well-written with tones of wit and seriousness, Deadly Business became an immersive and unputdownable book for me from the first chapter.

The strong lead character of Piper is exceedingly relatable from her fierce protectiveness of her family to her work ethic. Cattle rustling is still a big deal here in Texas. Anita crafted this Texas-style mystery around that theme with a resilient woman lead character. The hints of romance are subtle. Anita brings history into the story which is well researched.

“Something was in the wind.”

As a former police officer, Anita wrote every word of this thriller with authority. So much authority that nothing in this story made me stop and go “there is no way that could’ve happened.”   At the end of the book, The Story Behind the Fiction is briefly given to readers on the Special Rangers, U.S. Marshal Service, and Cattle DNA.

I do want to say the only thing I did not like about this book was its cover. It just does not do the amazing story justice to the amazing breadth of what the story encompasses. The artful graphics throughout the book brings the story together.

This character-driven unputdownable book is Texas writing at its best. I say this because it includes deep family loyalty, cattle ranching, pickup trucks, strong women and everything else that makes Texas – Texas! If you love a mystery thriller genre then you must check out Deadly Business. Also, I would be remiss if I did not give a special shout-out to Leopold!  Love the name Anita gave him.

Author’s Note: 

What made this a Texas plot were the Special Rangers. And because of that I am so sorry you were disappointed in the cover. I was remiss in not commenting on the cover in the Story behind the Fiction at the end of the book. I should have explained the reason behind the cover and title. I wrote this book because of the Special Rangers. It’s why a Special Ranger is a lead character. They are a link to Texas history and the days of the big cattle drives. They are still on the front lines, investigating the same type of crimes their predecessors did. Yet, most people don’t even realize this truly unique group of Texas officers even exist. When I designed the cover, I wanted it to represent the Special Rangers and their role in Texas justice since it spoke to heart of the plot. They don’t wear uniforms, but their badge is proudly displayed on their holsters. On the cover, the badge is on the holster.

About the Author

Anita Dickason

Award-winning Author Anita Dickason is a twenty-two veteran of the Dallas Police Department. She served as a patrol officer, undercover narcotics detective, advanced accident investigator, tactical officer, and first female sniper on the Dallas SWAT team.
Anita writes about what she knows, cops and crime. Her police background provides an unending source of inspiration for her plots and characters. Many incidents and characters portrayed in her books are based on personal experience. For her, the characters are the fun part of writing as she never knows where they will take her. There is always something out of the ordinary in her stories.
In Anita’s debut novel, Sentinels of the Night, she created an elite FBI Unit, the Trackers. Since then, she has added three more Tracker crime thrillers, Going Gone!, A u 7 9, and Operation Navajo. The novels are not a series and can be read in any order.
As a Texas author, many of Anita’s books are based in Texas, or there is a link to Texas. When she stepped outside of the Tracker novels and wrote, Not Dead, she selected Meridian, a small community in central Texas for the location.


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