Cut Throat is the second in a series, and evidently begins practically where Nine Lives left off. Sala fills in the back story very well and I wasn’t lost a bit. Instead, the book immediately pulled me in; I liked it so well I will probably follow the series.
Cat Dupree is a bounty hunter. She is practically a legend in her profession and that part of her life could not be better. However, when it comes to her personal life, it’s a different story all together. When Cat was only thirteen, a criminal killed her father and slashed her throat. She grew up in the foster care system and has great difficulty forming personal relationships.
Wilson McKay is a bounty hunter. Like Cat, he is a competent professional and his business is successful. Unlike Cat, Wilson grew up in a strong and loving family. He and Cat are lovers. Wilson would like to take their relationship further, but Cat wants to keep it only physical.
As the book begins, Solomon Tutuola has escaped from a fire with serious burns. Solomon is the man who cut Cat’s throat and killed her father. She has planted a GPS on him (evidently this all happened in the first book). Now, Tutuola has taken off to Mexico and Cat is right behind him. Before she leaves though, she and Wilson make love – at least he makes love. Cat remains aloof and leaves Wilson hurt down to his soul.
Most of the book concerns Cat’s travels as she tracks down Tutuola. I don’t want to go into a lot of detail, except to say that during her search she learns a lot about herself and realizes that she can’t continue to be the loner she’s been.
Cut Throat also sets the stage for the next book in the series. Wilson has made an enemy – a couple of dangerous drug dealers who escape at the end of the book.
Cat is simply wonderful. She’s a tortured heroine who is tough – really tough. Cat is not a faux tough chick whose idea of strength is to spout four letter words while she teeters around in Manolo Blahnik combat boots. Cat can track, she can fight, she can take a punch and she can throw one as well. What she can’t do is form close relationships.
Wilson isn’t as vivid a character as Cat, but I think that he will be more prominent in future books. Wilson is competent and tough as nails, but because of his background, he is not as defensive or as frightened of commitment. He truly loves Cat and when she needs him, he is there for her.
This is not an outstandingly original book, but I had a wonderful time while reading it. Cat and Wilson are great characters and they have the potential to be a really kick butt team. I plan to seek out Nine Lives, and see how Cat and Wilson’s adventures begin.