Author – Gillean Campbell
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
316 Amazon Pages
Rating 3 stars out of 5 Posted 11/30/17
No. 69 - 2017
My Impressions: Psychopath, vigilante justice, fast paced, wordy, good plot.
Detective Mackenzie ‘Mack’ Anderson – Idaho State Police Investigator.
Sigurd Norgaard – Private Investigator, wealthy.
Officer Nick Moore – Senior Officer, Skaus Lake, Idaho Police Department.
Susan Brown - seventeen year old whose mother and brother were murdered.
Detective Mack Anderson is assigned to assist the small local police department of Skaus Lake, Idaho investigate a triple murder in the normally peaceful town of eight thousand people.
Two stories are told simultaneously. The current story of the triple murder is told amid flashbacks to Mack’s hunt for the murderer of her husband and child. The investigation is complex and discloses multiple leads that all dead-end.
CAUTION: SPOILERS AHEAD!
After an officer involved shooting Mack picked up her gun and took it with her. It should have been confiscated as evidence to have ballistics tests run on it.
Woflsbane poison. Aconitum plants are highly poisonous. How does a person get access to the live plant? Then wear a glove while being raped and rub the plant leaf on the rapist’s naked body without him noticing. Possible? But not probable, it’s a big stretch. A gardener in England was thought to have come in contact with the plant and took a week to die from organ failure, not several hours. Ingestion of the poison causes faster death.
Then GHB poison was mixed in food. Effects of the poison would differ for each person consuming it based on the person’s size, how much they consumed and their natural resistance. After being unconscious for several hours none of the survivors exhibited customary side effects of the drug.
It was unclear how the murder victims came to be in the living room. Did all three pass out there? Or did they go upstairs to sleep and then were dragged down the stairs to the living room?
The editing is good except for the writing being wordy and stiff. There are too many issues with past and present tense being mixed in the same sentence or paragraph. Example: Sigurd spoke several times in past tense of his parents, indicating they were dead. Later, speaking of his mother he used present tense indicating she still lived.
Repeated over use of the name Mack became tedious. Mack came, Mack went, Mack sat, Mack stood. Mack, Mack, Mack.
The old bugaboo of GLOCK handguns rose again. Glocks do not have safety switches. They are designed to be carried HOT, a bullet in the chamber ready to fire at the squeeze of the trigger.
The general readability is impaired by clumsy sentence structure.
I enjoyed Predictable Violence and recommend it, but there are negative issues in it to be considered. A professional editor could make it into an outstanding story.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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