Author – Michael Falls
Genre – Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Noir
240 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 7/1/16
The main character in The Debt is Mitchell Naughton, an actor in a TV detective series. A man Mitch was friends with ten years earlier is beaten to death, and he decides to play real detective and catch the killer. Unfortunately he is a horribly inept detective and tough guy and so naive his actions were hard to swallow.
From the beginning I didn't like Mitch because he is portrayed as a compulsive liar and a total ass. The story is about his personal shortcomings and fears as much as the friend's murder.
Until about half way through the story I was tempted to stop reading because the plot was too slow for my taste. At about half way through the action became more intense and I became more interested in finishing.
Mitch spends time cruising through Chicago's sleazy gay bars searching for clues as to who killed his friend and why. In the end he's surprised to learn he was the key to the whole sordid mess he'd uncovered.
At the very end of the story we learn the details of the plot and who the deadly antagonists are. There are a few surprises at this point, but I also felt several questions went unanswered and closure was incomplete.
The editing and sentence structure of this story are slightly off from being excellent.
Character development is good with Mitch but lacking somewhat with the other characters.
The writing style is wordy and often repetitive but overall it's well written.
Police would never take a civilian on a raid to apprehend a suspect they believed could be armed and dangerous and let him enter an apartment building with them.
Thorough research would have told the author that the manufacturer of a firearm cannot be determined by examining a bullet fired from it.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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