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After reading the blurb I knew that this book was going to be a good one. The book starts off strong and keeps going until the end. I honestly had no clue who the murderer was until it was pointed out and I enjoy that in a book that is full of mystery and suspense.
When the book starts off you are witnessing the murder of a little Indian girl, and then we precede to having Gilmartin confessing to the crime. But the question you end up asking yourself later on is did he really commit the crime? Gilmartin comes back to the little town where this tragedy happened and he asks Jefferson Morgan to look into clearing his name, being as Morgan is editor of the local newspaper. Of course Morgan knows that a majority of cons always say they are innocent but there is a chance that Gilmartin may be telling the truth. But what Morgan uncovers is something that will causes the town to have him not looking into the past. What is being hidden?
Morgan races against time to find the truth as to what happened to Aimee. But will he find out before Gilmartin dies, or before he loses everything that he has built up for himself and his wife.
You want a good mystery book, then I say get this one! This is a new author for me and I am already liking his work so I do believe I will be checking out more of his books to see if the writing is just as good.
The story is set in America and contains many phrases and styles that are typical of the area in which it is set and I found this off-putting at first because, being British, I could not understand what was being said, but it did not distract from the story and after I was past the first couple of chapters, I was involved.
It is not a fast-paced thriller, but a sense of suspense is built gradually and I am kept guessing all the way. The scenes were described with care and detail, although one of my two criticisms is that the reporters on the paper were only ever mentioned as “reporters”. We never get to know anything about them, as if they are superfluous to the story. I would have liked to see a connection with Morgan and his reporters, as he had with other people on his team. The second was the way in which a previously solved murder of a woman was described using what I felt unnecessary violent detail. For me this added nothing and was not at all relevant to the story.
I did enjoy the book and would read another by Ron Franscell.
This book is, at its heart, a great story, really well told. Each character is finely drawn and believable. The reader roots for Jeff as he struggles to keep his newspaper going, cope with the death of his young son and keep his beleaguered wife happy. Ron Franscell is a great story teller. The pace is excellent, the twists believable and the plot sweeps you onward from beginning to end. A great read from a great author.
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley.
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