Author – Colm-Christopher Collins
Genre – Detective, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
287 Amazon pages
Rating 3 stars out of 5 Posted 5/22/16
My overall impressions: innocent victims, false leads, vicious murders, brilliant/dumbass detective, tangled relationships.
Meet Detective Inspector Thomas Bishop, a drunken drug addict. He's a brilliant, sensitive cop who's driven to catch the serial killer nicknamed the Dublin Ripper. Tommy turns to alcohol and drugs to relieve the stress and frustration of his failures to catch the brutal murderer of adolescent girls. His personal life is in shambles and impacts his chase through the lowlifes of Dublin as he runs down dead end after dead end.
Cursing abounds and explicit sexual situations include kinky and oral sex.
The editing is extremely poor; past 50% I ignored the errors because they were too numerous to track.
Sentence structure is unorganized and leaves many sentences confusing and nonsensical.
Character development is good.
Story details often are questionable. How can forensics determine if a door was opened recently or set a time when it was last closed? Why is it necessary for the detective's boss to work in a bulletproof room because officers carry guns?
The writing style is wordy, at times clumsy, and there are too many Irish acronyms that mean little to others.
The plot is intense and complex and is the book's salvation.
In spite of its many shortcomings, I recommend First Death in Dublin City if the reader can ignore its many errors and inconsistencies. If you are a perfectionist and demand professional quality, skip this one or you'll be disappointed.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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