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Feels like an episode of Criminal Minds
on February 28, 2014
Dallas cop Sergeant Trufant invites Topper McMullen, on break from the FBI, to help him solve the mystery of a serial killer who has killed at least 32 women across three states. The Trinity Murders reminds me of the TV series Criminal Minds - you have an FBI profiler, a brilliant Tech Analyst, the local cops and a serial killer on the loose.
Story wise, The Trinity Murders is pretty much standard fare. Topper takes the case to clear his mind off his big mistake on the FBI team (would have been nice to know what that was in more detail, and earlier on in the story) and he's basically working in his own capacity to help the local cops, with only Minnie Marlow, the tech analyst, to help him. Minnie's pretty much a dead ringer for Penelope Garcia in Criminal Minds, except for her obsession with Mighty Mouse.
What drops the stars from a solid 3 to a 2, is mainly the writing style. Dvorak uses a lot of narration (slightly more info-dumpish, but not exactly) to move the story along, which makes it feel dryer and not as interesting as it could be. In the same way, the characters would have felt more "rounded" or more realistic if things about them were revealed in the course of the action/conversation rather than as part of the narration.
Overall, however, it was an okay read.