Father D’Angelo and Bakeman, two devoted priests were brutally murdered while going on one of their nightly walks. Detective Frank Rinelli is called to the case- not only due to his close friendship with the priests, but with his expertise of tracking psychotic killers. Rinelli suddenly discovers these murders were based on a scandal that occurred several years ago at the same Church where the two murdered priests preached. And it doesn’t stop there. The list of people being murdered in connection with the scandal continues to grow until the killer has his ultimate vengeance- and the truth released
From the first page this book made me feel like I was watching one of those old TV shows, like Colombo or McMillan and Wife; you know from the beginning who the killer is, but you have no idea what twists and turns the rest of the story is going to take.
The story line is outstanding and serves to remind us that things are not always as they seem at first sight, so going with your first instinct may not always be the best thing to do. The main character, Frank Rinelli, reminded me a lot of Phillip Marlow, he has a good moral and value base which includes being involved with his family. Not something you see a great deal of in books of this genre. To add to this the story-line is very relevant, as anyone with in-depth knowledge of the Catholic Church would confirm.
The action and tension required in a good murder mystery or suspense novel are all there. Plus some parts that really make you wonder if they connected to the current murders, or are they leading into the next book. As usual I will not be writing any spoilers in this review.
One of my big things when looking at books in a store is the cover, as this can sometimes make or break whether or not I read the summary. If I’d picked this one up in a store, the cover would have done its work. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same thing about the proofreading, as there were far too many grammatical errors for my liking and they became pretty hard to ignore the further I got into the book.
I would highly recommend this book to lovers of this genre and, because I enjoyed it so much I am hoping the Author decides to develop the characters through the next book and beyond.