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Righteous Assassin: A Mike Stoneman Thriller
A MOB BOSS IS EATEN ALIVE BY TIGERS AT THE BRONX ZOO. A New Jersey factory owner is mutilated and left to bleed out under a Manhattan highway. A French pharmaceutical baron is tortured and frozen to death in Little Italy. A high-society fashion designer is poisoned in her Upper East Side apartment. Four months, four unsolved murders – each carried out on the last Saturday night of the month. The victims share no similar traits, have no connections to each other, have no common enemies, and were each killed in very different ways. NYPD Detectives Mike Stoneman and Jason Dickson pick up the trail based on the coincidental timing of the unsolved murders. Could these assassinations really be the work of a single serial killer? Why would a single killer choose such strange and disparate methods? Why spread your victims across all of New York? And most importantly, how do you track down someone with no discernable pattern? Each new murder adds a piece to the killer’s jigsaw puzzle, but even unravelling the clues and finding the killer’s pattern may not be enough to catch him. Mike and Jason bring in help from FBI profiler Angela Manning, and together they start to close in. But will they be able to stop the elusive killer before he completes his decathlon of death? Each month is a race against the calendar. On the last Saturday of the month, there will be blood.
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kybookworm, Amazon and Goodreads.com (5-stars)

I really enjoyed this police procedural crime novel. It’s not a constant stream of tension and thrills, but there’s plenty of it mixed in with the slower pace of police investigation. In other words, it’s realistic. TV cop shows have to get their story done in less than an hour, so people not familiar with police work tend to think it’s all an adrenaline rush. There’s plenty of that, but there’s also the routine hard work of investigation, including a lot of deadends. The author of Righteous Assassin gets that right and held my interest throughout.

The character of the killer was really well done, and I liked the flashbacks that gave the reader a look into his mind leading up to and after each of his earlier kills. I also liked the way the author addressed the very timely topic of affirmative action. At first I was surprised it was even brought up, but as the story progressed, I liked the way the characters dealt with how they felt about it.

The romantic interest between Mike Stoneman and Michelle McNeill was also well done and seemed more realistic than a lot of fictional romances, especially ones involving more mature couples. The only complaint I have with their part of the story is that it just seemed to drop off the radar at the end.

All in all, I’d recommend Righteous Assassin to anyone who enjoys police procedurals.

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