can’t seem to avoid danger, especially if she’s in the right place at
the wrong time. When she witnesses the violent kidnapping of a crime boss’s uber-rich daughters
in Manhattan, everything she knows about solving a case will be tested.
Step by step, Ronnie peels back one layer at a time until she discovers
Dearest invests in all kinds of cargo…especially the human kind. This
compels her to dive further into this bleak, seedy world. The pressure’s
on for her to find the victims before they disappear forever into the
human trafficking pipeline in the fifth stand-alone title in the Ronnie Lake Series.
“…Traffic is a read you struggle to put down, thanks to the shocking and poignant nature and investible characters.”
– Red Headed Book Lover rates it 5 Stars
“…a very brave and intelligent woman, who always seems to find danger (or it finds her)…definitely un-put-downable!” – Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews rates it 5 Stars
"...a great plot and memorable characters that take you on a journey of monumental proportions..." - Reader Views rates it 5 Stars and also presented
a Bronze Award in the Mystery/Thriller category for its 2021-2022 Literary Awards!
5.0 out of 5 stars
"A New Beginning For Both The Character And The Series"
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2021 Verified Purchase
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