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Key Man
Being stymied by a murder investigation that’s going nowhere is bad enough. Now, Sam and Ski, L.A. Detectives, are being hounded by Kate Newberry, who wants the two investigators to get to the bottom of her grandfather’s seemingly unrelated murder. Reluctantly, this unlikely trio follows an expanding, bi-coastal trail that leads to dozens of potentially related murders with a common how. Eventually, the why becomes clear. Frantic, can they connect all of the dots in time to determine who’s next?
Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 9.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Huffstutter’s novel moves fast and furious and is meticulously plotted. Just when the reader thinks that the detectives have it figured out, Huffstutter throws a curveball into the action and ends the book with a surprise that will leave the reader wanting more.

Prose/Style: Skillfully crafted prose engages the reader, while organic dialogue allows the characters to come alive.

Originality: A surprise ending and a crime that is financially motivated will leave readers enthusiastically waiting for another installment. 

Character Development/Execution: Huffstutter balances numerous characters as the novel's mysteries are revealed and pieced together. The characters are true to their roles and grow throughout the story and in tandem with one another. The rookies are idealistic and overly eager, while the experienced ones prove to be more hardened. Readers will cheer for the team of sleuths in this appealing novel.

Date Submitted: June 15, 2021

Reviews
Amazon

Key Man reads like binge watching a Netflix drama/mystery series. Based on my 45 years as a practicing therapist, I can say that the psychological profiles of the characters in Key Man ring true.

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If you like a mix of thriller and finance, take this one to the beach with you this summer. Glad I was recommended this book by a friend.

 

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Key Man is a page turner of a great story...engrossing, challenging and fun! I appreciated the character details and the twists and turns of the plot. Thank you Allen Huffstutter for a great read!

 

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Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2021

 
This was a joy to read. I didn't want to put it down and will admit to dodging other duties at times just so I didn't have to put it down yet. I loved the twists and turns, the nonstop action, and the personality diversity of the characters - not to mention the unexpected twist at the end. Looking forward to more from this author.
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Top review from Canada

Lisa Bilodeau

3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read!

Reviewed in Canada on June 15, 2021

Two detectives, with wildly different styles and experience, enlist the help of a victim’s family member and a financial whiz to review suspected serial murders. While the connection of these murders fly under the radar of different police districts, this team manages to tie them together and find the killer at the center of it all. But will justice be served? Weaving stories about characters backgrounds throughout the story, many suspects emerge during the investigation. An intriguing mystery with well-developed characters. And the ending provides a good, and satisfying, surprise.

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Top review from United Kingdom

Maggie Garside

5.0 out of 5 stars Who's next?

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 June 2021

LA detectives Sam and Ski are struggling to find clues as to how and why Henry Watson is murdered on New Year’s Eve. Watson’s granddaughter, Kate, urges them on and the three of them follow up a series of related murders. The fear grows: who’s next? Huffstutter writes this story with the confidence gained from a career in finance and the launching of start-ups and deals. It’s an exciting story which kept me turning the pages late into the night. If you like a ‘Who Dun It?”, then the ending of this one will come as one big surprise!

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Dave really liked it
Nice. I thought this a good story with a good [growing] set of characters. Kept me entertained and turning pages to see what was next on everyone's agendas. Awesome ending that keeps the door open for a next installment? Love the cover. Just a few editing issues. Well done. .

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Linda Mcguiret really liked it

This is a great crime/mystery that was hard for me to put down. Great characters and good plot. Ending leaves it open for a possible continuation of this story.

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Kathy Stibal really liked it

I enjoyed reading this book. The pace was fast and plenty of twists and turns to keep it interesting. The ending was a surprise but the perfect way to end it!

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Lisa Bilodeau liked it

Two detectives, with wildly different styles and experience, enlist the help of a victim’s family member and a financial whiz to review suspected serial murders. While the connection of these murders fly under the radar of different police districts, this team manages to tie them together and find the killer at the center of it all. But will justice be served? Weaving stories about characters backgrounds throughout the story, many suspects emerge during the investigation. An intriguing mystery with well-developed characters. And the ending provides a good, and satisfying, surprise. (

J. Williams, Amazon.com

 Good read from a new author

Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2021

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A good read. Got me hooked on reading mysteries again. I always like it when I learn something new and I did learn some new things reading Key May. I also like it when there are lines or quotes or statements that I like so well that I want to highlight them and remember them.

Janice W. Eberly, Amazon

5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed Key Man! and I'm ready for a sequel!

Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2021

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I’m a big fan of murder/crime mysteries. I especially enjoy books by some of my favorite authors like Vince Flynn, David Baldacci and Nelson Demille ... and now Allen Huffstutter.

I found the financial motivation for the Key Man murders to be a real surprise and a unique twist to a murder mystery. The urgency of the plot kept me turning pages.

I couldn’t put Key Man down and I'm now ready for a sequel!

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