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ABSOLUTION (Frank Renzi Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Susan A Fleet
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Book Description

A serial killer preys on young women in New Orleans. Best Mystery/Suspense/Thriller--2009 Premier Book Awards.

THEIR WORST NIGHTMARE ... gets WORSE. Vulnerable young women let a serial killer into their homes because they trust him. The killer tortures them and kills them.

IS THE KILLER A PRIEST? Everyone has something to hide. Some of the darkest secrets reside in a parish church. A tip leads NOPD Detective Frank Renzi to believe the killer
may be a priest. With Renzi on his trail, the killer persuades a teenage girl to help him escape. Will Renzi be able to save her? Who would YOU trust? A police officer or a priest?

Praise for ABSOLUTION: "A killer thriller!" Jan Herman, Arts Journal
"Relentless tempo ... sharp writing." Kirkus Discovery
"Creole-flavored suspense!" The Sun Chronicle

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About the Author

Susan's life revolves around music and mayhem. For many years she worked as a freelance trumpeter in the Boston area and taught music at Brown University and Berklee College of Music. Inspired by a writing course at Emerson College, she began writing crime fiction.The Premier Book Awards named her first novel, Absolution, Best Mystery-Suspense-Thriller of 2009. After living in New Orleans for nine years, Susan now divides her time between The Big Easy and Boston. Her suspense thrillers feature New Orleans police detective Frank Renzi. For more information and some thrilling book trailers, visit her website:

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3373 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Music and Mayhem Press (16 Feb. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003MNH7JY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #175,251 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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During her successful career as a Boston-area trumpeter and music professor, Susan Fleet discovered her dark side and began writing crme fiction. New Orleans is the setting for her award-winning Frank Renzi mysteries, Absolution, Diva and Natalie's Revenge.

The Premier Book Awards named Absolution Best Mystery-Suspense-Thriller of 2009.

She lived in New Orleans for nine years, and now divides her time between the Big Easy and Boston. Visit her website and send her an email. She'd love to hear from you!

Susan's other passion is promoting talented women musicians. While teaching at Brown University and Berklee College of Music, she created a course about female musicians, jazz and classical. Read about these talented women at

Susan also blogs about crime on DARK DEEDS: serial killers, stalkers and domestic homicides.
And don't miss RENZI'S RANTS! NOPD Detective Frank Renzi rants about whatever is on his mind!

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolution, Susan Fleet 9 July 2011
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Absolution (Susan Fleet)

Frank Renzi is a New Orleans detective. He is on the case of a ruthless brutal serial killer. A crazed man motivated by a painful/torturous past. He stalks and lures his victims into his twisted web until he slays them mercilessly.

Soon Frank begins to piece it together... he knows who the killer is, he just needs solid evidence. Not everyone is so convinced. At first his theory seems improbable...but soon he is striving to catch him before it is too late. With the help of his psychologist friend Dana, they embark on a race for time to end this mad-mans killing spree.

Fast paced, Nail-biting, page-turning all night read. Susan Fleet gets deep into the killers mind with heart-pounding chilling detail. I could not put it down. I highly recommend to those who love suspense. I look forward to reading her next book , Diva.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in every way 8 May 2013
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This is the first of the Frank Renzi books, which I happened to read AFTER Diva, which is number two in the series. But that didn't in the least present a problem..the books, whilst linking, are nonetheless pretty much stand alone.
I'm really so impressed with Susan Fleet. She devises clever plots and the progress to the ultimate apprehension of the bad guy flows smoothly with many twists along the way. In this particular story, Renzi and all of us readers know who the bad guy is pretty early in the story, and the rest of the excitement concerns his attempts to prove his theory and apprehend the villain. Which of course he does.
Brilliant story construction, wonderful characterisation..this book really does have everything a lover of the genre could wish for. I'm now about to move on to Natalie's Revenge, the third in the series which I know will be every bit as good as the first two.
I can totally recommend this series and this author. And apparently she plays a mean trumpet too! Obviously no end to her talents.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 20 July 2012
By Tanyaj
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Downloaded this book on to my Kindle and started reading it right away, which is really unusual for me, i usually buy them and leave them for ages before getting around to reading them. Well, i started reading at 9pm and had to stop myself from reading anymore when it got to 2am, i couldn't put it down.

I love these sorts of books, you know nearly from the start who the killer is and how he is avoiding the police while still carrying out the more murders.

Can't wait to read Diva once i have finished this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolution 2 April 2012
By Marion
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A very entertaining, crime thriller. It kept my attention all the way through and I couldn't put it down.

The Frank Renzi character is what we all expect detectives to be. Great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate crime thriller 6 Jun. 2012
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Young women with physical or psychological flaws who lack self-esteem and need love are the targets of the warped perpetrator in this excellent crime thriller.

Cop Frank Renzi investigates and as the murder tally grows so do the tensions within the New Orleans police department between Renzi and his nemesis Special Agent Burke Norris and investigative journalist Rona Jefferson who publicly shakes the department with racist allegations of targeting black male suspects. Their characters all collide putting more pressure on Renzi as his obsession with finding the killer induces guilt over his neglect of his daughter's feelings and his ex-wife's mental decline. The "Big Easy's" oppressive heat and atmosphere are compounded by the killer's horrific mutilation of his victims - he takes trophies.

Susan Fleet's first novel has pace, insightful character portrayals and a compelling need to know 'what happens next?' Damaged minds, dysfunctional upbringing and aberrant religious views are captured in this gritty, streetwise crime novel. A great read - let's have more please!
Tom Bryson author TOO SMART TO DIE (Matt Proctor novels) Sarcophagus
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read 7 May 2013
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Absolution is an amazing read from a very talented author.

Almost from the start Renzi knows who the killer is, and his quest to prove it is very fast paced.

Absolution is one of those books that you can't put down until it's finished and this one has a twist of an end that is not expected. Ten out of ten
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. 17 May 2013
By ccxjo
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I am an avid reader of crime novels. Authors like Michael Connelly,Lee Child Mary Higgins Clark and Simon Kernick ,to name but a few. I must confess that I had not heard of this author sadly to say so I will put her on par with my favourites. If you like crime novels read this one
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read at a fast pace 26 April 2012
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If this book was made into a film Frank should be played by Al Pacino, you can totally picture the character described well by the author and Al fits the bill and his nemesis Father Tim would suit a clean cut but sinister Robert Patterson (Twilight). I don't often read crime thrillers but I enjoyed this book and would like to read more from this author. There are just a couple of small discrepancies in details which I'm sure is just an oversight but overall this book is a great read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars wow, what a great story
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, it was very well written and I couldn't put it down until I'd finished it. I'm looking forward to the next novel.
Published 3 months ago by richard
4.0 out of 5 stars Good series debut
Bit of a curious mystery thriller in that you learn the identity of the killer in the first few pages of the book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars Absolution
Easy untroubled reading. Not much brainwork required to piece it out, but interesting enough. Ideal pool reading! Now moving onto diva!
Published 9 months ago by J. Watkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
This is a fast paced crime thriller set in New Orleans. Detective Frank Renzi is on the trail of a serial killer. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Silver Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read...............
Frank Renzi is a brilliantly portrayed character that follows the threads of the case in a wholly believeable way which makes this story a really gripping page-turner. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Shaun Peare
3.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely competent
The writing was well-paced and flowed for the most part, although now and again there was poor phrasing or punctuation that caused a triple take to work out what was meant. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mike O'D
4.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted read
A well thought out thriller with believable leads and good paced plot. Frank Renzi has admirable qualities and is a well crafted character who I shall enjoy following in Fleet`s... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jackie Whay
1.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Racial Profiling
I wasn't at all keen on this and mostly because of all the needless racial profiling it has. It drove me to utter distraction in the end and I packed it in at 22%. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lynda Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars compelling
A really enjoyable read. The characters are very real and the plot intriguing. I look forward to reading more by this author.
Published 19 months ago by C. Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars A rather nasty story
Yet another serial killer tale, which meanders along, devoting far too much attention and repetition to the deeds of the killer. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ferdinand Po
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