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2) Any course language present : Yes, tho dialogue actually made me laugh at times as for instance when a father hunting for his lost son would whisper beneath his breath "Where is that little (insert sh-word)?"
3) Type of book : Short, taut thriller having two law enforcement officials searching for a serial killer
4) Formatting/Editing : Well-written for a debut book
5) Best/Worst aspect of book : Realistic dialogue, humorous segments (always a plus for me) and compelling characters that were eminently likable. Some may not enjoy the gruesome imagery (example being when victim found sawed in half with bottom missing) tho was appropriate for this type of read
6) Favorite Passage : "A deafening scream filled the air inside the man's lair. It was the kind of scream that couldn't be faked."
7) Bottom-line : Could easily develop into a series which would be fine for me as I did like!
Potential Spoiler Alert!
When the killer has seen pictures of your spouse, when the killer knows said spouse is working with the police, you don't let said spouse check out a lead for you while you stay home with the kids. If you are that spouse, you don't go. You ask for police protection instead. Also, if you can't shoot the bad guy who has tied himself to the victim because you might hit the victim, you probably aren't competent to shoot the rope that binds them without hitting the victim.
What was a decent 3 - 3.5 star story plummeted to a generous 2 stars with the TSTL detective and spouse and the detective's magically (ha ha!) changing shooting skills. Really a shame. It had such promise. I felt a bit cheated.
Magicians are a very private, mysterious group. One has turned evil. However all is not what it seems.
As the story unfolds, it moves perfectly keeping your interest.
My only critiques are that the story was a bit stunted, and would benefit from more back story. There is a bit of an effect of rushing through that could be remedied, IMHO.
All in all though, I was pleased to have read this novel and will certainly be reading more by this promising new talent.
I enjoyed the combination of murder and magic in this police procedural. The murders were grisly but not protracted. As in many serial murder stories, detectives discover that their case is connected to an old unsolved murder. Even as they delve into the murderer’s past history and discover his horrific motive, he sets his sights upon them.
So far, so good? BUT HOLD ON!
That’s my review for the first 75% of this short novel.
Now comes the last 25% or so. Here come the promised spoilers, which killed the story:
1. The murderer manages to create a completely, totally, unbelievably, fantastically staged-scene in the basement of a famous, very well-used building in London.
2. A tertiary character who spent 27 years in a mental hospital escapes into the world of 2017, and he behaves and navigates about as though those years never happened.
3. A detective pulls off a feat—make that 2 feats—which an Olympic athlete might be able to replicate. Or not.
Terrible Kindle version w formatting errors galore.