Untraceable by Laura Griffin is the first in the Tracers series. The Tracers are the nickname of the scientists and investigators who work at the Delphi Center Crime Lab - a private lab that works with federal, state, and local law enforcement to process evidence and stop criminals.
I found Untraceable to be just okay. It was full of action and drama - but the drama wasn't always the good kind. The story flowed well, it was well written, and it kept me guessing what would happen next.
The "hero" was Nathan and frankly, I didn't particularly like him. He treated Alex like she was incapable despite the fact that she's a successful private investigator. He also calls abused women looking to escape "basketcases" which I found deplorable. He doesn't seem capable of compromise. He's a decent cop and investigator but not what I want in a romantic hero.
Alex was a good PI but did not have great people instincts most of the time. She was smart and idealistic but unwilling to trust some people and too willing to trust others - which was at least slightly understandable as you learn about her. She let Nathan get away with way too much crap but also didn't call him, as a cop, when she really should have during her investigation.
I might give the second book in the Tracers series a shot as I do like the premise of the series but Untraceable just didn't do much for me.
ALEX LOVELL MAKES PEOPLE DISAPPEAR.
TURNS OUT, SHE'S NOT THE ONLY ONE.
Private investigator Alexandra Lovell uses computer skills and cunning to help clients drop off the radar and begin new lives in safety. Melanie Bess, desperate to escape her abusive cop husband, was one of those clients. But when Melanie vanishes for real, Alex fears the worst, and sets out to discover what happened. Using every resource she can get her hands on -- including an elite team of forensic scientists known as the Tracers, and a jaded, sexy Austin PD detective -- Alex embarks on a mission to uncover the truth.
As far as homicide cop Nathan Deveraux is concerned, no body means no case. But as much as he wants to believe that Alex's hunch about Melanie's murder is wrong, his instincts -- and their visceral attraction -- won't let him walk away. As a grim picture of what really happened begins to emerge, Nathan realizes this investigation runs deeper than they could ever have guessed. And each step nearer the truth puts Alex in danger of being the next to disappear....