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Pure Death

An Impure world, a perfect murder…

A murdered society debutante, her body sprinkled with 89 Costa Rican butterflies. A headless, gutted corpse washed up on shore with a beautiful, dead teenager. The case is anything but straightforward, and in an uncertain future, where resources are limited and the genetically defective are banished to a ghetto territory for Impures, Chief Detective Ina Stone and her partner, rookie detective Sam Fujimoto, must cross into Pure Territory to find a killer. An Impure herself, Ina must overcome her defect. And when her life is threatened, she must learn to rely on Sam, whose interest in her seems more than just professional.

Yet the Pures may have created a world in which even they don’t want to live anymore. Resources have become too scarce to hide, and a black market for medicine comes to light. When a third murder is discovered, Ina and Sam know there’s a connection. With too many suspects and not enough time, they must find that connection before the killer strikes again.


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Pure Justice

Human trafficking. A kidnapped partner. Ina's case just got a whole lot darker. 

In an uncertain future where the Impures—genetic defectives—are banished to a ghetto territory, Detective Ina Stone and her rookie partner, Sam Fujimoto, constantly fight for survival. But when a murdered Impure is discovered in the projects with only a business card in his pocket, the clues lead them into the shadowy underworld of black market trade and human trafficking. After Sam is kidnapped by the Yakuza crime syndicate, Ina must hide her own defect to go undercover as a human trafficking victim. 

Accompanied by a Tebori master and a new detective with her own secrets, Ina must find a way to free Sam without exposing his role in the investigation, or getting herself killed in the process.
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Great follow-up to PURE DEATH By Laurie Hoffman on November 10, 2015

Ina Stone is labeled an Impure in Liah Penn’s book Pure Justice. In this new world, any person that is not perfect is banished to a less than ideal territory. There, food is rationed, medical care is lacking, and forced sterilization is standard practice. The goal is to breed out imperfections and ultimately be left with a master race of people with perfect genetics.

But since she was born Pure and never sterilized, Detective Ina Stone is pregnant. Her boyfriend and partner, Detective Sam Fujimoto is ready to take their relationship to the next level. While Ina and Sam try to come to terms with expecting a baby, a murdered undercover Pure detective leads Ina on a hunt that will endanger not only her life, but also Sam’s.

I am such a fan of Pure Death, the first book in this series, so I was thrilled to read Pure Justice and revisit Ina’s world. Sam and Ina can’t catch a break, but only because Ina is a pit bull of a detective who won’t take no for an answer. Her quest uncovers a dangerous underground that includes human trafficking.

I had a hard time putting this book down, and that’s saying a lot since I’ve read very few books that have had that effect. The suspense was great. Liah did a wonderful job of putting me in Ina’s shoes.

If you haven’t read Pure Death, I would suggest you start with that story, then move on to Pure Justice. You won’t be disappointed!
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