This book continues Anna & Jack’s relationship. They’re engaged, & ready to combine their lives. On the night they actually get engaged, a brothel bust goes terribly wrong. Two people get killed, & we’re introduced to MS-13, the Salvadoran street gang. Their motto is rape, torture, kill (or something along those lines). The acknowledgements at the end of the book note that although the story is fiction, the cases are based on real gang cases in D.C., & obviously MS-13 is a real gang.
The rest of the book is basically the good guys (the cops & prosecutors) trying to track down & stop the bad guys (MS-13), while also not getting murdered! Anna gets “greenlighted” during the process, which means that if a gang member sees her, they’re supposed to kill her. She’s also trying to plan her wedding during all of this, so stress city!
The title of this book is based on the leader of the gang, a man called Diablo, which means devil in Spanish (duh). He’s a really effed up dude. He’s had surgery to give himself a Voldemort nose, had horns embedded under his skin, covered his ENTIRE face in tattoos, & sharpened his teeth to points. He sounds lovely.
Anna also discovers something life altering during the investigation of MS-13. Spoiler alert – if you start the series on book 4, which I did, the big surprise isn’t that big. But! For anyone who actually started at book 1 like a normal person, it’s a giant surprise. I don’t want to ruin it, because it shakes up everyone’s lives. Needless to say, I liked this book!