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Within the darkened world we follow Peter Brandt, already weary of the human condition, who must investigate his ex-wife's death, he the only one its seems that takes it seriously.
I don't give spoilers so will say that this story is fast-paced, gritty (if somewhat despondent about the lives we lead and the powers that take advantage) and well written.
Worth reading if you enjoy crime novels with extra dimension.
It starts with the murder of a woman in mysterious circumstances. The twists and challenges which the dead woman’s ex-husband encounters whilst unraveling what had happened kept me turning the pages. At times the story is fast-paced, at times it is told in a slightly more reflective tone, which is a good mix. To come back to the ending, I had my suspicions, and yet, the way the ending unfolded was brilliantly plotted and written.
This is a novel I highly recommend. Readers who love crime novels and thrillers will not be disappointed.
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In 1987, world-weary journalist Peter Brandt returns from a devastating assignment in Central America to his old beat in Palm Springs, to attend the funeral of his ex-wife, Robin. When the police stonewall his inquiries into her brutal murder, he finds himself drawn into his own investigation. In the process he crosses swords with the super-rich, corrupt cops and politicians, and a wealthy Cuban ultra-patriot whose past is suspect.
The novel has some great characters, both big and small, some poignant insights into relationships, and enough twists and turns to keep us guessing until the last page. A great read.
Empty Places is Hill’s second full length novel, his first, The Killing Depths, was published in 2012. On this occasion Hill has chosen to write in the first person, and his prose is excellent. His sentences flow naturally, his dialogue is compelling, and he has an easy style that ensures that the writing doesn’t get in the way of the story.
It’s 1987, and Peter Brandt, an investigative reporter with an international news agency, returns to his former home in the desert city of Palm Springs, to bury his ex-wife, television reporter Robin Anderson. What Brandt discovers upon his return is that Anderson has been brutally murdered, and that the local cops are less than enthusiastic about investigating the crime. Teaming up with his old friend, retired cop, Matt Banyon, Brandt sets about conducting his own investigation, and soon the two of them are drawn into a complex web of violence, lies, and corruption. The twists and turns are many, and Hill cleverly keeps you guessing until the very end.
Martin Roy Hill has done a fantastic job of telling this well-crafted and very compelling story. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves good crime fiction.
With the help of his PI friend, Peter is drawn into a mystery that just won't let go. The author, a former journalist, brings that experience to his well-crafted pages, creating a super-realistic crime thriller with a can't-put-it-down plot and a solid psychological back story.
This isn't the often-corny film noir type of book with stereotypical characters or overdone themes. Budget some time, because it's not the kind of novel to read in snatches.
It left me wanting more, and, fortunately, a second book in the series, called The Last Refuge, is due out in March!
--- Joe Dacy II (Author or Esquelle and the Tesla Protocol)
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