Author – M. D. Ironz
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Police Procedural
310 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 5/12/2017
No. 28 - 2017
My impressions: Good partner interaction, complex plot with lots of surprises, lots of coffee drinking and smoking, brutal but original murder techniques.
Det. Sgt. Donald Dombrowski, tough, old school detective.
Det. Katie Callahan, good three year detective with personal baggage.
Lt. Waters, the detective’s smoking addicted boss.
The main players in Dire Covenants have a strong working relationship. The two lead detectives, Dombrowski and Callahan have a strong rapport and trade good natured jabs at every opportunity.
The detective’s case begins when several officials of a residential Home Owners Association die after suffering strokes, and two other deaths are staged as suicides. When the medical examiner determines the strokes were induced and the deaths were murder the action takes off. Add in another official being tortured to death and the complexity ratchets up even more. Then throw in the off and on disappearance of the daughter of a central figure and the mysteries compound.
The editing is very good with only a few minor errors. Sentence structure is also good.
Character development of the main players is detailed. There are too many sub characters for that level of detail with them.
The plot is complex and action is abundant.
A few failings: in a basement scene when the lights go out, too many complex moves are made by Callahan in the dark while action is taking place around her. Also, specialized equipment was anticipated to be needed in that scene and that seemed much too convenient and made the scene appear contrived.
Then there is the mother of the kidnap victim staying with her rat of a husband after his abysmal actions are exposed.
Finally, under research, the procedure for a so-called Columbian Necktie is a myth, as it is physically impossible to be performed at the throat, says Wikipedia.
Overall, I give a hearty recommendation to Dire Covenants.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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