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Eliot Paperback – April 10, 2012
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Eliot's mission was to take down the number of known drug dealers at the time of Sydney's death.
He is a vigilante cop who commits the perfect murders because he knows the ins and owns and how to avoid being caught.
Is is wrong what he is doing? Yes but at the same time he has eliminated a lot of problems and making this area of Baltimore safer so accidents like Sydney's might not happen.
Detective Noah Faulkner believes the killings are being done by a vigilante cop and sets out to prove his case. Police Officer Darnell Redd is a dirty cop forced by blackmail to do the bidding of Frankie "Gotti" James, the top drug dealer in town. Watts, Faulkner and Redd are on a collision course that will take many twists and turns before the end is reached.
Eliot is a character that will touch your soul as he searches for the truth about his daughter's murder and at the same time searches for himself. He is a very multi-dimensional character brought to life as his feelings and emotions are brought to the forefront. The characters of Faulkner and Redd are characters that add to the sense of realism and tension in the story. The dialogue and interplay between the characters is sharp with detail that reflects the author's background with law enforcement.
I feel that an important part of this book relates to the grief of losing a child and what that grief turns into when all you really want is justice. I also want to point out that Michael A. Wood Jr's background with the Baltimore Police Department and the experiences woven into this story brought forth a true sense of realism and believability which added to its intensity.
Michael A. Wood Jr. is successful in delivering a fast-paced suspense that had me hooked from the beginning and kept me totally invested in the story. I recommend this book to all readers, sit back and get comfortable because you won't want to put it down!!
There's a good sense of suspense throughout the novel. Even as we meet and see who the vigilante is, we don't really know much about him or what makes him do the things he does, so we don't feel entirely comfortable. Which is exactly the point. He is a nicely done character with different layers that make him fun to read about. The only other really captivating character was Noah, another detective who is a bit of an outcast in the police force. One character I didn't really understand much and I would have liked to have had her more involved in the story is Eliot's wife. She appears only a few times with little point to her other than to advance the other character's actions.
There's a lot in the book about police procedure which was fascinating to read about since it's not something that is really as prominent in novels as you'd imagine. I actually wished there was more of it, more details on the day-to-day lives of one or two of the characters, just to give the reader the idea of what's normal and what's not in the police force.
I do recommend this one. If you like fast-paced thrillers, then this book just be a good choice for you.
Written between first person and third person, the style creates a greater depth as the events unfold.
"I am not a psychopath." Enter Eliot Watts, a Baltimore City Cop working on Eastern Division. Over two years ago fate intervened with a great tragedy that has set him upon his current course.
Mr. Wood delivers three dimensional characters within these pages. From a misfit cop that sees a pattern no one else wants to see or recognize, a dirty cop that once stood against everything that he has now evolved into, and a drug kingpin who holds a piece of the puzzle that keeps him safe for now.
When all these lives intercept an amazing tale comes together. From the first sentence I could not put this book down. The weaving of the storyline and the characters held me captive (often finding that I was holding my breath as I turned the pages). What defines a person, through revenge, through the ends - despite the means, and how does trauma define one. When lives are connected even in degrees of seperation, the steps it takes for the collision is one of the greatest mysteries, which is unlocked in the story of Eliot.
A must read guaranteed to make you think.