Traffic: A Ronnie Lake Mystery
A violent kidnapping, an unlikely suspect…whose side is private eye Ronnie Lake on?
PI Ronnie Lake can’t seem to avoid danger, especially if she’s in the right place at the very wrong time. When she witnesses the violent kidnapping of a wealthy, high-profile young woman in Manhattan, everything she knows about solving a case will be tested.
But how do you uncover a crime when you’re chasing down the good guys?
Step by step, Ronnie peels back one layer at a time until she finds that the most horrific crimes are happening every day, right before our eyes. The clock is ticking as she desperately tries to save not one person, but hundreds in the fifth stand-alone title in the Ronnie Lake Series.
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2021
Niki Danforth’s ‘Traffic,’ the fifth installment to her ‘Ronnie Lake Mystery’ series, finds the New Jersey-based author delivering yet another confident outing for her ever-resourceful P.I.
With a plot revolving around the seedy, deplorable underworld of human trafficking, ‘Traffic’ is a stark departure from Ronnie Lake’s previous adventures. The story essentially begins with a horrific abduction of a young woman in the heart of New York City. Lake is on the case, but Lake soon discovers that she’s way in over her head when she realizes a shocking truth: what initially seemed like an isolated act of violence is an everyday occurrence all over the U.S. The further down the proverbial rabbit hole Lake goes, the more she’s haunted by what she finds, all the more strengthening her resolve to give a voice to the thousands of voiceless victims.
Checking all the boxes for a modern-day P.I. procedural, ‘Traffic’ is brisk, slow-burn masquerading as a page-turner. Danforth’s choice of a first-person POV for Lake continues to pay off as an air of suspense is there from cover to cover. Add to that the sobering reality of the story’s premise, and you have yourself a novel that is a new level of unsettling for Danforth.
By now, with five releases under her belt, Danforth clearly has settled into this character, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room to grow for Lake. If anything, ‘Traffic’ feels like a bit of a new beginning for both the character and the series. No longer merely a ‘woman and her dog,’ Ronnie Lake has more than earned her stripes–it’s refreshing to find a confident, intrepid woman kicking ass and taking names in a genre so historically male-dominated.
As with all of the Ronnie Lake titles, ‘Traffic’ functions as a stand-alone title, but readers will undoubtedly benefit from some familiarity with Danforth’s previous work, especially when taking into account Lake’s character arc throughout the series. Either way, ‘Traffic’ makes for the perfect introduction to the world of Ronnie Lake.