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A Poisonous City (DCI Jac of Amsterdam Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The former head of Amsterdam’s Murder brigade is found dead. He was 81 years old, why not let nature take its course? The openly gay, uncompromising and highly neurotic DCI Jac Roggeveen and her squad are handed the investigation. As the layers of the deceased life are peeled back, a web of corruption and drug dealing begins to emerge, and long-buried secrets rise to the surface. The investigation leads to Amsterdam’s infamous Red-Light District, Spain, Belgium and The Hague as the investigation widens until the squad stumbles on a past so dark that those involved will stop at nothing to halt the investigation as more murders come to light. The underbelly of Amsterdam is brought vividly to life by an author who worked in the Legal Profession in The Netherlands for many years and who has been involved in some of the country’s major cases of the last twenty years. Many of the characters are based on real people and real events. The book is the first of a trilogy.
What did I like? I absolutely loved the lead character, Jac Roggeveen, she is so awesome and funny. I was laughing throughout this book. All the characters were amazing, and it was all of them that really brought the book to the heights of exhilarating. Watching how Jac worked through her cases and the dedication that she showed in her work. I sure wish that there were millions in the world just like her.
What will you like? The storyline is intriguing, provocative, engrossing, poignant, touching, enchanting and fascinating. I don’t believe that you will be able to stop reading. I didn’t!!! Warning this does have some explicit details but did not detract from the book. Besides the above, the storyline is well developed and grows as the pages turn. The characters are enchanting, and you will fall in love with them, but the best part is the ending! It is mind-bending and will blow you away. I can not wait till book two comes out, this will be an addicting series.
A Poisonous City by Markey reveals the dark underbelly of Amsterdam as Jac and her people pursue justice despite overwhelmingly high odds and high-level resistance. This book contains lots of in depth historical information about Amsterdam, and has a fascinating main character, but it is a bit choppy, with more telling than showing. More action and less narration would make it a much better read, as would more back story about Jac, a uniquely intriguing character.