This is a combination of Police Procedural and Mystery Thriller with a touch of Political Intrigue and Romance Mac is one of the members of the fourth generation of the McRyan clan to grace the St Paul, Minnesota Police Department Mac came to being a policeman in a round about way, his brains and his athleticism got him through undergraduate and graduate school with high honors and a law degree All of his knowledge, the things that he learned from family, school, and police training will be needed as a politically sensitive case is dropped in his proverbial lap Will he be able to live up to his father s legacy or are there forces at work trying to keep him from doing just that I loved the way that the author showed both sides of the crime one side was from the criminals perspective the other the way the police saw it I also loved how all the pieces of the puzzle finally came into place for the big picture but not until towards the end.
Warning This book is for Mature Audiences due to mild to moderate graphic violence some of a sexual nature , adult language, and some intimate sexual situations.
This was a good conspiracy novel by an MN writer so it was fun to visualize all of the places in MN as I was reading it It was his first book and he is working on the 2nd book now which features some of the same characters My book club met him and he is a really down to earth guy.
Claire Daniels Was Stunningly Attractive Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes And A Curvaceous Body She Worked On Relentlessly Claire Was The Desire Of Every Man In Town As The Twin Cities Most Prominent Political And Investigative Reporter She Reported The News Now She Was The News Murder Greed Treason Thirty Two Year Old, Fourth Generation St Paul Homicide Detective Mac McRyan Thought His Day Was Going To Be Less Stressful The Day Would Involve Paper Work, Coffee, And Maybe Even An Early Trip To The Pub Then His Cell Phone Rings A Body Has Been Found In A High End Condominium Between Summit And Grand Avenues And It S Not Just Anyone With The Daniels Brutal Murder On Top Of The Latest Serial Killer Attack, The Political And Media Pressure On The Police Department Only Builds And Places Mac In The Middle Of A Dangerous And High Stakes Murder Investigation That Will Ultimately Have National Political And Security Implications REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK JUNE 16, 2017Narrator Johnny PeppersThe Narration I had put off listening to this I bought it because I didn t like Johnny Peppers but hoped I d be able to tolerate him in time Luckily now, 2 years after I bought the audiobook, I was able to tweak his voice using Audacity and the slight change just deepening the pitch was sufficient for me to tolerate his voice Expression wise, I agree with Trisha R s review Peppers is emotionless much of the time.
The Story This was close to 5 stars for me It did start off a bit lame because I wasn t at all impressed with the police investigation and McRyan s belief they had enough evidence to charge the senator for the murder of Daniels I obviously did not agree based on my experience as a police procedural fan, of course, not as a criminal lawyer so I did get a tad annoyed with the cops and wondered if they were going to be so dumb and annoying throughout the book.
There was a fair bit of repetition as in McRyan telling himself several times, that something wasn t right, that he was missing something and I was thinking, yeah, a good editor and a good narrator.
But that said, I still enjoyed this book very much I found it a great mix of police investigation even if McRyan isn t all that smart and action Without giving away too much, what appears to be a serial killer at work turns out to be complex I liked that.
Really wish the audio producers had chosen a different narrator because Peppers narrates the entire series and I bought all 5 books.
A great proceduralMcRyan is a St Paul Detective He and his partner are called in when a local television reporter is found murdered At the same time, his co workers are looking for a serial killer The investigations lead to murders, one that appears to be a suicide, treasonous activities and ultimately the evidence leads to a group of former espionage agents It is well written and will grab the reader s interest All in all, a great procedural Thanks to the Author and Publisher for an ARC for an honest review.
Let me start by saying this didn t have to be 340 pages It was so repetitive it was ridiculous In a matter of 3 or 4 pages he repeated 3 times what evidence they had against the senator If they d been talking to some that was mentally challenged I might be able to see it but they were talking to THE senator, someone fairly intelligent And they all ate and drank a whole lot That was unnecessary, describing everything they ate from every restaurant they went to and what they drank at every bar and pizza at home and what they wanted on it Really Who cares It causes skimming and that s always a bad thing This author must really be from the Twin Cities or he has a great map There were so many routes with every street name they took when following the suspect Could have been a good murder suspense if there hadn t been so much unnecessary BS It was based on finding a serial killer at the same time looking for whoever killed a popular investigative reporter Actually, there were a few killings that were eventually intertwined And, actually, I don t ever remember one cop with a gun in his hand or a gun even mentioned until about 95% of the book Not a shoot um up at all It was a decent book but there was too much skimming for me, too much filler I can t see myself reading any from this author.
There was a very slight romance in this but no sex whatsoever, a fade to black at about 39% but nothing , maybe a kiss or two There was swearing and the F bomb was used 52 times As to the narrator One reviewer said this, reader doesn t seem to create interest Monotone And that s exactly right He does great voices, mostly, except Riley s voice was horrible, but Johnny Peppers is so boring when he reads No emotion whatsoever He didn t laugh, whisper and there are times when you HAVE to whisper or the book just sounds really stupid , yell, grumble, mutter, NOTHING WTH kind of narrator is that And, how did he ever get 4 and 5 star reviews I would have to pass on this narrator in the future.
Eh Debut police detective novel, but the clues seemed to fly out of the dialogue or copious inner thoughts leaving the ending only halfway surprising Might spark interest to those who live in St Paul, Minnesota, as it s confined quite narrowly there.
This was the debut effort by Stelljes, and I could tell I don t know who edited this book before publication, but there were several grammar and spelling errors I noticed on casual reading And those errors are like roaches if my unobservant self noticed a few, you just know that there were a million hiding in the walls of that book.
My main issue with the book is the fact that Stelljes violates the rule of Show don t tell with constant omniscient descriptions of what characters were thinking Actually, Stellje did a lot of both, too much showing and too much telling More show and tell in the few hours spent reading this book than a whole year of primary school I also hated the introductory background given for each character as they appeared in the book, it really slogged the pace and felt like expository writing I laughed out loud when I got to this line on page 157 The reading was tedious Yep I hate chapter titles that are excerpted sentences from the chapter Don t do that.
The plot itself was fairly cliche, and about as predictable as an atomic clock I don t understand why the novel was constructed so that we knew right away that a Senator was innocent and a black ops group was behind it okay, a killer with the code name Viper Really Is this G.
I Joe or like a book for adults It would have been better to leave that open, to have the reader believe what the police believed at first and allow, you know, some mystery into a detective novel Also, I find it really hard to believe that homicide detectives wouldn t question the fact that a victim of a serial killer didn t fit the profile of other victims And no one really seemed upset or even curious when a suspect was clearly assassinated while in police custody Assassinated with a sniper rifleI enjoyed the the familiar setting of St Paul and the restaurants, cafes, and bars with altered names It was fun figuring out what is what Mardi Gras on Grand must be Dixie sand so on.
Anyway, I did finish the book, which says something I ll give this guy another chance with the hope that his chops improve with practice I have read serial novels by really good authors that were one off clunkers, so maybe Detective Mike Mac McRyan leads a team investigating serial murder in St Paul Minnesota McRyan is a young, third generation cop lawyer who carries the book by the strength of his personality, leadership and investigative prowess I liked this book mainly because I liked McRyan and his friends They work hard trying to catch a serial killer by day and drink beer and chase women in a cop bar at night Work hard play hard works for me or I should say, it used to Anyway, the guys soon realize one of the victims did not fit the serial killer profile and the investigation expands exponentially leading to a conspiracy involving a a beautiful news reporter, a US Senator, the CFO of a major corporation and a special operations type working in the shadows McRyan reminded me of John Sanford s Lucas Davenport in a variety of ways both Minnesotans, college hockey players, sharp senses of humor, non political, tough, smart and determined I can see them both discussing a difficult case over a few cold ones at McRyan s family pub in St Paul.