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The Killing Moon: A Novel Paperback – January 1, 2008
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Only one member of the Police Department, Don Maddox, a part-time officer who works the graveyard shift three night a week, is ligit. With the help of the town's elder statesman, Stavros Pintopolumanos, otherwise known as Pinty, Maddox is embedded into the police force of Black Falls to bust this corrupt organization. Maddox is an undercover state policeman.
When a brutal murder stuns the town and a registered sex-offender goes missing, the state police homicide detectives arrive in town and take over the police station which of course does not sit well with Bucky. Bucky has enough problems, especially with his new employee, Maddox. Tension is high between the two men because Maddox will not play Bucky's game.
Maddox upholds his undercover status and at times appears suspicious to Trooper Leo Hess, the state police detective in charge. As the mystery unravels, Hess is convinced that the sex-offender, Dillon Sinclair, is the murderer. Maddox is not convinced since Sinclair is his informant.
This is my first Chuck Hogan thriller and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story is very well-written, pacing is good and the climax is explosive. The murder scenes are a bit gory but do not take away from a most satisfying read.
Maddox soon discovers that corruption runs rampant within the local fuzz headed by the Pail brothers, Bucky and Eddie. Maddox is soon immersed in investigating a series of crimes involving violence and drugs. Clues point to a local man and sexual offender Dill Sinclair as being the driving force, however his whereabouts are unknown. When local new age internet salesman Randall Frond is discovered brutally murdered, the cesspool of town depravity boils over. The state police lead by macho man trooper Leo Hess are called in.
As the investigation continues, we discover that Maddox might have ulterior motives for his presence in town. As the state police and Maddox dig deeper, the full extent of the town's secrets become revealed.
Hogan jumping from one character to the other gives us bits and pieces of information to aid us in unravelling the mysteries behind this bizarre town.
With the Killing Moon, Hogan has crafted a classic page turner (or is it page-turner?) filled with uncomplicated nuance and character. Hogan artfully builds the story, drawing the reader into a hidden sub-culture of drug-fueled depravity, sketching good guys and bad guys with such complelling humanity and depth, it's hard to know who the good guy really is until the very end. Which, for me, defines a classic suspense novel.
Kudos to Chuck Hogan. Please keep writing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read the hardcover edition when this book was first published and it spurred me to read all Hogan's others. It is one of those books I knew I would reread. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Keith Hiller
This is a great novel. Fast paced with lots of twists. Chuck Hogan never fails to deliver. Fully recommend any of his books.Published 9 months ago by A. Harandi
This is the best book yet. It kept me guessing until the end. Good ending. I would wholeheartedly recommend it.Published 22 months ago by Robert Strahan
The beginning is very boring, but if you can bear the first 200 pages, then you will be awarded with an exciting ending.Published 23 months ago by Torolover
Chuck Hogan can write. In this one, THE KILLING MOON it just seems a repeat of previous works and falls a little short. The plot drags along and is spoon fed to us. Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by Wooley in PSL
In THE KILLING MOON by Chuck Hogan, a state cop goes undercover in the small town where he was born in order to root out corruption in the police force there. Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by katherine tomlinson
His other works are better. Well written but plot is weak. Price of thieves is a much better read. Not recommendedPublished on January 5, 2013 by sharpstone