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The Mentor by [Monticelli, Rita Carla Francesca]
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From the Editor

The Mentor raised my blood pressure. Was it the emotionally charged beginning that started the spike? I was in turmoil, reading frantically and feeling as vulnerable as the characters on the page. As the story unfolded, a paranoid feeling grew inside me that made me question the characters’ every motive. Everyone is a potential suspect.

The book opens with a valiant police officer—Eric Shaw of Scotland Yard—coming to the rescue as a young girl realizes the gruesome murder of her family was not just a dream. Eric’s strong presence and calm voice immediately assure her that she is safe now, she can come out from under the bed, he can help her.

Twenty years later we meet an older, more established Eric leading Scotland Yard’s forensics department and see that our trust in him was well placed. He is assisted by a promising (and beautiful) young protégé who tries to lure him out of his comfort zone. There is no greater compliment than “I look up to you,” but how close is too close? In this line of work, Eric knows not to get his emotions involved. And can he afford distractions when a killer is on the loose?

If the twists and turns torment you and drive you to increasingly paranoid thoughts, remember: it’s only fiction.

- Gabriella Page-Fort, Editor

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From the Author

The main character is a chief forensics detective, Eric Shaw, who investigates a series of murders that seem related to a cold case involving a person he cares for.
The border between investigation and crime becomes blurred in a story that isn't exactly about finding the culprit, but rather observing how the main character decides to react to his findings.

This is the first book in a trilogy. The second book, Syndrome, is currently only available in Italian.

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A note about The Mentor.
Although I included some real information about the organization of police forces in London, I nevertheless took full artistic license concerning professional positions of numerous employees, as well as the logistics and procedures utilized by the Forensic Science Service Laboratory and Murder Investigation Teams of London's Metropolitan Police Service in order to better adapt them to the plot.  

This edition was published in the United States, therefore it was translated from Italian into American English.

About the Author

Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli was born in Carbonia, Italy. She has lived in Cagliari since 1993, earning a degree in biology and working as a writer, researcher, scientific and literary translator, and freelance web copywriter. Monticelli has authored L’isola di Gaia (The Isle of Gaia), Affinità d’intenti (Kindred Intentions), and the science fiction series Deserto rosso (Red Desert), which is also available in English. The Mentor is her sixth book.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1936 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (November 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00VARL01A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,966 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Whistlers Mom TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 2, 2015
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Another month has rolled around and once again the Kindle First mystery offering is by a foreign author and translated into English. Last month it was a Swedish author and I enjoyed the peeks into modern Swedish life.

This month it's an Italian author, but the setting is Scotland Yard. Don't they have cops in Italy? To further confuse the issue, the characters are supposed to be English, but the slang, legal terminology, and easy access to firearms are all American. Muddy translation or an attempt to appeal to the American audience? Who knows.

The plot's good, if you don't mind violence and plenty of it. A family is brutally murdered in London and the only survivor is a small girl. Both she and the cop who carries her from the scene of carnage are forever scarred. Fast forward twenty years and Scotland Yard is called in on a series of murders that seem unrelated except for the presence of an ominous, androgynous figure in black. Then there's the troubling similarity to the poses and wounds of the long-ago victims.

Eric Shaw is head of the "scientific investigations department." Of course, all crime investigation now leans heavily on forensics and forensics specialists don't investigate crimes (except on television and in the movies.) And (rank inflation being what it is) the head of a major department in any police force would not hold the rank of "detective." He would be a superintendent or commander. And it's unlikely that his three top employees would all be female. The uneasy relationships of the women does, however, drive the plot.

The strong points of the book are the twisty plot and the interesting glimpses into how technology dominates police work - as it does every aspect of our lives now.
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This is a formulaic story, not horribly written, but certainly not outstanding. I was able to figure out "who done it" very, very early. The characters were not particularly well developed or all that likeable even. It is pretty bad when you end up liking the murderer more than the detective!

The main character, the ethically challenged, unlikeable Detective Eric Shaw, is a man who has somehow justified his reprehensible actions in altering evidence within the crime lab in order to obtain convictions of those he deems as guilty of crimes. He does this because otherwise they would not be convicted. And this is not a one-time thing. Oh, no. He does this regularly - to the point that others who work with him are aware of it. Yet they say nothing to anyone. Even the local criminals are aware of his unethical and criminal acts.

So the main character is an unethical criminal himself. Okay.... Oh, AND he is having an affair with an employee who is his underling. Giving her supportive hugs in the workplace. And some poor male underling at the crime lab who is trying to do his job right is continuously criticized by Shaw, who muses that the guy just doesn't "have enough character".

As for the series of murders being investigated, it is just so obvious as to who is committing them that the most novice of murder mystery readers would quickly figure it out. I don't know how you are, but once I know who did it, I just kind of "speed read" through the rest of the book. And that's pretty much what I did here.

This book is a translation from a foreign language writer. Unfortunately, here are numerous places where the choice of wording used was subtly wrong.
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Wow, I loved this book- it is one of the Kindle First choices for October. It starts out with the murder of a family, one survivor- a little girl found hiding under a bed by a young detective.

Fast forward twenty years, the not so young detective is trying to solve several murders- manage his team and also keep his feelings in check for one of his team members. The detective, Eric Shaw is quite a likeable character- doesn't always follow proper procedures to get justice. This story keeps you guessing all the way to the end. I would like to see a series revolving around Eric Shaw- the book is that good.
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This is a good mystery. It starts with the brutal torturous murder of a family in their own home, only a little girl survived. She hears everything that is said and done and is traumatized, The story picks up 20 years later. Eric, the police detective that found the girl, is now head of the forensic department for Scotland Yard.

This fast paced thriller shows all the hard work done by the forensic detectives in the hunt for a murderer. All the characters are a good solid part of the story. The story is a very good procedural with a few twist and turns. I only had one problem with the story. Eric, the lead, alternates calling his team by their first names and then their last names. That was a little annoying to me. Otherwise it is well written, has great characters, moves fast, and the ending is a real goody. Well worth your time, if you like mystery/thrillers.

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