ABSOLUTION-Edition2: A Frank Renzi Novel: Volume 1 Paperback – 6 Feb 2012
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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: www.susanfleet.com
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
'The Sinner' is our bad guy that is revealed some way through the book. The read itself has a noir feel about it which I initially liked. Something a bit different and not what I would normally go for but as the read went on certain aspects started to niggle. Aspects like repetitive language of what the sinner did when he felt the urge to kill (namely in the groin area). I felt that particular angle was repeated a little too often. And occasionally whilst the story started off well it felt like too much was thrown at it as the book went on, especially towards the end. A shame because had the steady pace remained throughout I personally felt it would have been a better read. Ms Fleet writes well for the most part which is what hooked me in in the first place. Her ability to capture the sense of New Orleans is terrific and has no trouble in creating vivid characters whether likeable or not. I especially loathed FBI boss, Burke Norris but really like our hero, Frank Renzi. Easy to feel for him given his personal circumstances which shows I really appreciated the fleshing out of his character.
It's just at times the overall storyline felt at little too over the top which is ultimately what let it down slightly for me but on the whole it's not a bad read at all. It's an accomplished debut and certainly good enough to warrant reading more in this particular series, if only to see how Renzi's character develops.
Also a great thanks Susan for doing our popular "Read a Long" for the month of May, what a great success, and what a great book.
Set in one of the most provocative cities in America, New Orleans, Susan has created a nasty killer of similar proportions. The Sinner stalks his victims with a relentless attention to detail that one begins to wonder if he’ll get away with his crimes.
In spite of his checkered past, Frank Renzi is a good cop. He’s hardworking, conscientious, dedicated, honorable–just the sort of person any city would want out on the streets hunting criminals. But this time Renzi may have met his match in the" sinner.” The serial killer is a Catholic priest, warped by a dark childhood of torture and humiliation at the hands of a cruel nanny, unable to resist a compulsion to inflict his inner pain on innocent women. The sinner commits a series of ritualistic murders he refers to as absolutions,” which always end with the post-mortem removal of his victim’s tongue. But he covers his tracks thoroughly, leaving the police with very few clues., a cunning and clever nasty serial killer.
That doesn’t stop Burke Norris, a rather nasty character, the overbearing and publicity-hungry FBI agent in charge of the investigation, from looking for an African-American suspect. The city’s seething divisions rise to the surface when reporter Rona Jefferson insists the search for a black suspect is racially motivated. For reasons of her own, she repeatedly and confrontationally uses her column to urge the police to look for a white priest, putting the Catholic community on edge.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
New Orleans and a murderous priest? Yes, I will, thank you. I did enjoy the story. Only fault was it bogged down and got slow in parts.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really tired of the serial killer.
Serial killer: yawn.
But this was done well despite it.
What a nice surprise this book was. I pulled this one out from the depths of my to-read mountain for a book group read-a-long. I must say it was very entertaining. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Christine Terrell
A great novel that sucks you in from the first chapter. Very well written, giving us a flawed hero, and a bad guy who thinks he's doing the right thing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Doots1975
I enjoyed this book.A gripping plot and believable characters.Published 11 months ago by tekky tiger
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 19 months ago by richard
Bit of a curious mystery thriller in that you learn the identity of the killer in the first few pages of the book. Read morePublished on 4 Aug. 2014 by Chris
Easy untroubled reading. Not much brainwork required to piece it out, but interesting enough. Ideal pool reading! Now moving onto diva!Published on 13 July 2014 by J. Watkins
This is a fast paced crime thriller set in New Orleans. Detective Frank Renzi is on the trail of a serial killer. Read morePublished on 29 May 2014 by Silver Reader