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Bad Moon Rising (#1 - D.I. Paolo Storey Crime Series) by [di Plino, Frances]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 677 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1908910402
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing; First edition (30 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HH5H8O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,161 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Where to begin on this book? If you're expecting a comfortable ride through a routine police procedural, this isn't it. This is no Inspector Morse or Midsomer Murder. It is the gritty and graphic tale of a serial killer whose insanity is grounded in a twisted view of reality.

The tale opens with the brutal murder of a prostitute and as we work through the pages, savage killing piles up on savage killing and the killer leaves little trace of himself.

Enter DI Paolo Storey, a cop with more problems than he has a right to. If you're thinking the cop with troubles is trite, hackneyed, played out, think again. Throughout the tale Storey come across as harassed, weak and apologetic, but it's only late in the tale that we learn why, and with that knowledge we can forgive him all his foibles.

Suspects are lining up everywhere, but even as one after the other is eliminated and we think we have our man, there are twists and turns yet to come.

Ms di Plino's prose is simple and effective, making it easy to read; there is no flowery language to distract the reader from the story, and yet, for all that, it is nevertheless dramatic. Phrases like "a freight train hit him in the stomach" thrust powerful imagery into the reader's mind.

The science is well researched, but not overdone. There is ample crossover between subplots, and sufficient happening on every page to keep the reader alert and glued to the text, and the ending comes at breakneck speed, the net closing on the killer in a desperate attempt to prevent another senseless slaughter.

Do they make it?

You'll have to read the book to find out.
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This book is impossible to put down. I read it really quickly and stayed up too late several nights as I raced to finish it. It's clever, accomplished and introduces an intriguing new crime detective in Paulo Storey. Like all the best crime protagonists, Storey is a damaged man. His eldest daughter is dead and his wife, blaming him for the accident, has left him. The only thing he's got left is his job and his relationship with his other daughter, someone who's dealing with her own problems right now.
The premise of the novel is familiar to fans of crime fiction - a serial killer is on the loose, savagely killing prostitutes on Storey's patch. What makes Bad Moon Rising different, however, is the plot. It really was a twist in the tale and I defy anyone to work this one out in advance.
I really hope this is the first in a long series of Paulo Storey novels. Cannot wait to read the next one!
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Detective Inspector Paolo Storey is on the trail of a killer. As we meet him he is 'mad at the world in general, and justice in particular.' Several women's bodies are found on his patch and he is trying to piece together any clues to the killer's identity, but there is little left behind. His new partner, DS Dave Johnson, seems to have somewhat outdated attitudes to women and Storey tries to get a handle on this. We are also introduced to local Maltese criminal Frank Azzopardi, and the solicitor representing him, Matthew Roberts. Paolo is familiar with them both from schooldays together.

Meanwhile the DI has problems away from work; his daughter Katy, who lives with his ex-wife Lydia, is becoming troublesome at her Catholic school where she has begun to question the beliefs they are teaching there, and also Storey has history with Dr Barbara Royston, the forensic pathologist working on the bodies found.

Then we have the killer. A flashback to his childhood gives us an insight into how his troubled mind, and his own particular twisted reasoning for his crimes, has come about through strange practices at the hands of his mother. In his distorted beliefs, sex with the living is a sin, and he feels he is saving the souls of the prostitutes he abuses and kills, thinking he is carrying out the Lord's work; 'he could punish those he caught and deliver their souls to God wiped clean of sin.' Slowly, more of his actions and behaviour is revealed to us throughout the novel.

This is a very dark psychological crime thriller that grabbed hold of me right from the very first page with an arresting opening scene and kept me totally gripped throughout. I never wanted to put it down for long, as the story flows so well and kept my interest piqued.
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This was an excellent crime thriller. It was packed with opportunities for me to make assumptions which turned out to be wrong by the time I got to the last pages. Human frailties are exposed - those of the murderer, his victims and those of the investigating officers - sometimes in a sympathetic manner and at others with candid frankness. The novel's pace is consistently good and engaged my interest throughout; the skilful interweaving of secondary characters and sub-plots something meaty to concentrate on. Though the theme of ritual murder is not a new one, Frances di Plino's details of Detective Inspector Paolo Storey's own background lent the novelty I personally needed to gain real enjoyment from Bad Moon Rising, the small city setting making this story very credible.
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