Author – Greg Lynch
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
352 Amazon Pages
Rating 2 stars out of 5 Posted 12/9/6
Highlights: Scumbag politicians, poisonous spider, thousands of Water Moccasins mating, lost money, dirty panties, dumber than dumb characters.
The Main Characters:
Allison Kerry – Law student, bartender, office temp., young and naive.
Nick O'Riley– Allison's neighbor and then accomplice, then boyfriend.
Billy Clayton – Dallas Councilman, scumbag politician, idiot, married but gay.
Howard Garrett – Political Fixer, smartest loser in the story.
James Garrelli – Mafia hitman from New York, obnoxious, tough, despicable, says Fuck a lot.
Dwayne Wells – About the dumbest character ever put in a book. Has the intelligence of an amoeba.
This book was hard to read and review because I disliked all of the characters except for Allison and Nick. And she was incredibly naive and not too bright.
The story revolves around a Dallas Councilman being blackmailed to throw a new stadium contract to a group of N.Y. shysters. Garrelli has photos of Billy Clayton smooching his gay lover. In order to bribe the last council vote Billy needs, Garrett is to deliver seven hundred fifty thousand dollars to the bribed councilman's house. In a tizzy with his wife, Garrett puts the money on top of his SUV and drives off. The money falls off and is found by Allison. Being the naive, dimwit she is, she calls Billy intent on giving the money back then changes her mind.
Howard hires Dwayne Wells to find Allison and get the money back. Dwayne, being the brainless idiot he is, takes a pair of Allison's dirty panties, rips them down the middle, slips them over his head and leaves then around his neck so he can sniff them and track his prey like a bloodhound. (I swear I'm not making this up) Parts of the story were so humorous I laughed out loud. Not exactly the reaction you want in a story advertized as a thriller.
Unanswered questions: Why did Garrelli leave a witness he interrogated in the hospital alive?
Why didn't that witness call the police when he awoke and tell them where Allison and Nick were?
What did Garrett say when talking to Garrelli that made Garrelli want to kill him? I read the conversation three times and never did learn what triggered that extreme reaction.
Why did Garrelli, a mob hit man, leave several witnesses alive who could later incriminate him?
Why did Garrelli become a mentor to Dwayne Wells after calling him every derogatory name imaginable?
The editing and sentence structure were good, not perfect but good enough.
Character development was good for the extreme characters described.
Details were adequate.
Research was questionable. I couldn't find any source to indicate thousands of Water Moccasins would gather to mate in an orgy like sex marathon. Instead I read that the male snake may be prone to fighting off other males in order to mate with the females.
I can't recommend this book highly because I struggled to finish it. Maybe if you're not as picky about details as I am you might enjoy the read. Good luck.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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