- Paperback: 222 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (September 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1517189888
- ISBN-13: 978-1517189884
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,702,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Suburban Sins Paperback – September 5, 2015
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About the Author
Joe Beck has written, co-authored and collaborated on 12 books, from fiction novels, to non-fiction to how to books. During the last 25 years, he's written for national and international trade and consumer magazines and newspapers. His work has taken him across North America, Central America, Europe, Japan and Africa. You can see his work at www.joebeckwrites.com
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Joe Beck's Suburban Sins does exactly that. The villain is in a profession that inspires feelings of good will and confidence. Having Benson be a nursing student amps up the 'creepy' factor. Nurses are a blessing when you are at your most vulnerable. Having that expectation of succor and comfort turned upside down as Benson starts killing patients sets up a disturbing background. Making him brilliant increases both the threat he poses and the difficulty the protagonist faces.
Enter the hero. Ken Hill is a cop in a wealthy suburb. He's neither Sherlock Holmes with magical deductive powers or Andy from Mayberry with an idyllic back story. He's a gambling addict with debts coming due who has promised his girlfriend to find out who's murdering the patients. The problem? His girlfriend is a doctor who is the object of the killers desires.
Beck excels at a continuous ramping up of both the tension and the stakes. Hill is beleaguered on all sides as the confrontation slowly shifts from the intellectual to the visceral leading to a showdown with Benson.
The characters ring true and avoid the first time author pitfall of being comprised of archetypes. The villain has opportunity, means and a demented internal logic that makes him a realized character as opposed to a trite caricature.
If you're looking for a new voice in the mystery/PI genre, Beck's Suburban Sins would be a great place to start.
subset in the 'mystery' genre known as the 'medical thriller'. Joe Beck is
grabbing that category by the throat and pulling it into
2015. A new voice on the scene, Beck offers realized characters and setting that
feels lived in. There's a verisimilitude to the writing that avoids the
traps of many first time authors. Nothing feels incongruous, nothing trips up the
readers' sense of believability. This is a ship steered by a firm hand.
If you're a fan of Kellerman's Alex Delaware series or Burke's Robicheaux series, give this a try. I
realize that they are disparate writers and stories, but elements of both can be
found here. Hopefully Beck will revisit the genre soon.