Author – Kevin Cady
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
233 Amazon Pages
Rating 3 stars out of 5 Posted
No. 22 - 2017
My impressions: graphic murderers, violent, evolving love story, brilliant protagonist and antagonist.
Elijah Warren FBI agent.
Aurelia Blanc FBI forensic Pathologist.
The Man in Black known as the Poetic Murderer.
Elijah and Aurelia are each brilliant and successful FBI agents who hunt down the worst of societies’ criminals. Initially, they have an aversion for each other and dread partnering after being assigned a case by their boss. Soon they learn to respect and value each other’s abilities and are drawn into a mutually respectful relationship.
For most of the story the agents flounder while searching for subtle clues the killer cunningly leaves for them. Poems by Keats and those composed by the maniacal killer have to be dissected and digested to arrive at the substance concealed in the words. Eventually, witnesses provide a description of the perpetrator and the agents have something concrete to look for.
The editing is poor with numerous words used where the actual meaning doesn’t fit the context of the sentence. I assume they were inserted for shock value, but they don’t fit. In other instances, the meaning of words was stretched to the breaking point to adapt them into the sentence.
Character Development is very good for the three important main characters
Details are often vague. How did the villain afford to wander the country for fifteen years killing people and not have a source of income? Did he have an inheritance? What caused a young woman to walk off the top of a building when the antagonist was nowhere close by?
Research: I’ve never before run into FBI agents being called detectives. Also, the Director of the FBI is the top man and is located in Washing D.C. not New York City. In one scene the agents flipped the safeties off their weapons, but Elijah’s Glock doesn’t have a safety switch. The FBI did not create the .40 S&W bullet. Smith and Wesson created the bullet and the FBI switched to it for increased stopping power.
The plot is excellent but is diminished by the writing.
The writing style is confusing as in: ‘her shoulders touched her waist. Or, Elijah peered from the window, watched concrete blur together in a kaleidoscope of bubble letter graffiti.’ Ridiculous descriptions like those became comical and detracted from the seriousness of the agent’s hunt for a demented serial killer.
In one scene, the antagonist is in a diner eying the waitress. In the next sentence, Elijah is in a diner (a different diner). The abrupt switch is confusing and causes the reader to stop and reread to learn if they missed something. There should be a blank line between scene changes to warn the reader of the change.
The plot is excellent if readers can overlook the types of issues mentioned above.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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