Author – A. Pittman
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
262 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 7/20/17
No. 52 - 2017
My impressions: gritty, gory, gruesome, ghastly, gloomy, graphic, grotesque, grisly, sadistic, malfeasance.
Detective Pat McConnell – laid back, unflappable, hard ass.
Detective Lou Maguire – Pat's sidekick and counter balance.
Ted Allen – devious and mysterious power broker.
Rosie Williams – reporter who falls under Ted's spell.
Widow Drake – Assassin and more, an accomplished killer with an attitude.
Father Walter Brown – Catholic Priest.
Arch Anger – serial killer, Dylan Jocoby, son of a powerful politician.
Revelation and Retribution is a roller coaster ride with more turns than a slinky toy. When fifteen bodies turn up in a single day the Mayor and Police Chief realize they have a mass murderer in town. It then falls to Detectives Pat McConnell and his partner Lou Maguire to chase down the diabolical killer dubbed the Arch Angel. The setting is St. Louis, Missouri so the Arch title is appropriate. But there's a catch, the killer only kills scumbags so the city fathers fear copy cat killers will emulate the killer and try to assist him in cleaning up the town. (It actually needs such a thing. Its homicide rate approaches that of the infamous Chicago.)
Then Catholic Priest Walter Brown listens to the killer during confession and recognizes the voice. But Father Brown is confronted with a conundrum. His religious vows forbid his ratting out information gained through confession. Instead the priest gets drunk and goes home with a sexy bartender.
While the priest is finding his moral compass, Pat manages to team up with accomplished assassin Widow Drake. Widow saves the inept officer's life several times and then they team up to go after Ted Allen for setting them up to be victims.
There are dozens of hired mercenaries after The Cop and the Killer but they manage to outwit and outshoot them all.
There are hard core cursing scenes.
The editing and sentence structure are good.
Details are adequate but character development is poor. I wanted to know more about the characters and what inspired them and made them who they were.
Details are sparse but okay, research is lacking as there is not a hammer to pull back on a Glock. When the villain was shot, I read it three times and still couldn't picture the action sequence.
The writing style is tight and descriptive for the most part.
Several cliff hangers were left at the end, so I'll bet a sequel will soon follow.
It's a good, not great, tongue in cheek thriller and I enjoyed it as such.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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