Dear Ms. Sala:
You are another “new to me” author. I may have read you in your category iteration, but not in a long, long time. Cut Throat is apparently the second of in a series of books featuring Cat Dupree, a bounty hunter. The story was at its strongest during the action scenes and the most melodramatic during the emotional/relationship scenes. Still, Cat Dupree is a good female lead and I am interested in reading more of her adventures.
Cat Dupree is not from the school of Stephane Plum bounty hunting. Dupree knows how to use her gun and isn’t afraid to do so, particularly when she is hunting down a man who killed her father. Cut Throat begins where the first Cat Dupree novel, Nine Lives, left off, but I didn’t feel lost and neither was I overwhelmed with the details of what went on before.
Cat is on a vengeance hunt. During her last mission she found the tatooed man who had killed her father. She engaged in a gun battle that ended in a conflagration and she left the scene believing that the man was dead. However, a tracking device she had placed at the scene begins to move south toward the border and Cat is determined to make sure that the man is dead.
Wilson McKay is another bounty hunter Cat had met on a previous mission. They became lovers but not much more. Wilson feels strongly for Cat but there is no room in Cat’s heart for any tender emotions. She would rather die trying to kill the tatooed man than live and let go. As much as she might consciously recognize that Wilson is good for her and it pains her to hurt him, her desire for revenge is all consuming.
The writing during the no action scenes seemed awkward and forced at times in comparison to the action scenes. The emotional which underscored Wilson’s line: his longing for Cat, the reconciliation with his parents, at times was overwrought. The ending, which was somewhat of a cliffhanger, included an emotional resolution for Cat that I didn’t fully believe in.
I did, however, enjoy the hard-as-nails and very capable Cat who is able to see her own missions through without the aid of a male sidekick. Wilson is also a good match in terms of being physically capable and more emotionally healthy. It is actually a nice twist on the genre conventions to make the more stable person in the relationship the hero versus the heroine. B-