This is Jonathan Kellerman’s 30th Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis book.
I have probably read almost all the early books in this series till book #20, in paperback. I’ve also read Petra Connor series. One of the things I have noticed about these books is the gore. There is that certain despondency (?) that I feel when I read these books. There is always that Filipina/Filipino character. There are always those trips to dusty and almost abandoned places or inner city streets where the brave won’t dare go even during daytime.
I even had a hard time understanding the correlation of the characters actions that led to the cases. It was somehow forced. I hope JK is not mellowing down.
I’d still read those I haven’t read though because I enjoy how the train of thoughts and the explanations for behavior exhibited are done.