Just finished both Mitch Tanner books, found them to be as exciting and suspenseful as Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers, am looking forward to third in the series, great writing!

Homicide Detective Mitch Tanner has a mess of a life! All we know is his wife and small son have been "gone", "missing", "vanished", for a year? Somehow he makes it through each day focusing on work and his 6 year-old daughter, Ella Kate. Mitch's mother is a hoot, but a definite help with his daughter! Detective Sam Foster is his best friend and partner.

First they get a case that looks like an accident; then children are kidnapped from a school in the middle of recess. The cases are very complex and hard to solve. The FBI get involved and Mitch and Sam get embroiled in politics instead of being allowed to do what they do best. That is, solve the crimes, find the kids.

This storyline has good suspense, well-developed characters, and lots of evil turmoil! Mitch and Sam are very likable, and the mystery of what happened to Mitch's wife and son will keep me reading this series for sure. An exciting, engrossing read!

I've read the complete Jack Noble series. I put off reading Tanner because I simply wanted to know more about Jack Noble. I've finished Depth of Darkness and I'm pleasantly surprised. I'm not a connoisseur of the 'hard boiled' genre, but it seems to me that L.T. Ryan is approaching the pinnacle where great writers such as Ross Macdonald reside.