Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Peter Pan Must Die by John Verdon

He's retired.  Ha, ha!  No matter how much his wife tries to make him believe that, he still seems to get drawn back into cases...

Crown Books and Blogging for Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now at your local bookstore.

Mr. Verdon writes stories that keep you on the seat of your chair.  They are fast paced, full of tension, and have unusual characters.  You have a good cop and a bad cop, a very expensive serial killer, a woman in prison and lots of unexplained things.  It isn't until the very end that he tells you how things relate together.

The story begins with a boy who is being sexually abused.  It ends with a carnival and great irony all around.  In between, you have two retired cops trying to track down the real killer of a man at a funeral.  His wife has been accused, but she's been framed by a bad cop.  Can they find anything to get her out of prison?  Can they prove who actually killed him?

This is a dance among crazy people on all sides with a sniper who also knows bombs.  When the lawyer goes on a popular talk show and tells everyone what scumball they are looking for, he disappears shortly thereafter.  They find his body, but they don't find his head...

When someone can shoot your incoming electrical and phone lines in half from a long distance away, you know you are dealing with a very dangerous person.  Dave knows that.  But he's still trying to figure out who ordered the hit and why.

The ending is amazing.  It's karma for the killer and for the person ordering the hit.  It couldn't be better.

Read it, you won't be bored.

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