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HUNTER: A Dylan Hunter Justice Thriller (Dylan Hunter Thrillers Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Bidinotto is a vocal supporter of Victims of Crimes groups and argues that political expediency and the do-gooder community ensure that many prisoners are released prematurely only to re-offend. Implicitly, he seems to be comfortable with vigilante action. I'm not sure all readers will share that comfort level.
At the literary level, the book is held together by a number of coincidences and there is quite a bit which is over-the-top. I am not a big fan of either feature.
Overall, the novel kept my interest up throughout but, as I say, there are a couple of issues for readers to deal with.
In the corpse's mouth is a clipping from a newspaper article by a crusading journalist who campaigns against the early release of dangerous criminals by uncaring officials.
That is the thrust of this stand-out crime thriller.
The American justice system is seriously flawed. In order to avoid tedious trials which clog the courts and to speed things up, prosecutors and judges eagerly accept and encourage plea bargains. This means that a young man who rapes a girl and should get a long jail term is charged instead, for example, with indecent assault and gets an 18 months sentence. Because of the many ways in which crowded prisons manage to get rid of inmates, that rapist could serve only six months. He is out--to rape again.
There is institutionalised acceptance of what is known as the Father Flanagan myth--there is no such thing as a bad boy. In most states the legal system minimizes a child's crimes. They are usually not charged with the actual offence they committed.
But suddenly there is a dramatic escalation of events. These vicious criminals who have manipulated the system so that they gain early release, are executed and their corpses are given highly theatrical exposure to draw maximum public attention.Read more ›
The action moves along very briskly. Each chapter is meticulously plotted and provides just the right amount of background detail. In fact, the action is so well plotted this could make a very good film -think 'The Bourne Identity' crossed with 'Dexter'.
The characters are all completely believable, even the minor parts. From start to finish the dialog is smart, snappy, convincing and funny. There were times when I was laughing out loud while reading. The main character (Dylan Hunter) has a few surprises in his past and revealing these makes him even more interesting.
For a first novel it's amazingly good and I'm very pleased there will be more.
I read this book in two sittings of a few hours each - yes, it's a decent length novel. Compelling. Couldn't put it down. So why four stars and not five?
In the first third of the book, sometimes it was difficult to establish point of view. I read one chapter three times and couldn't get it, so moved on. Several times, numerous paragraphs were taken up with vivid descriptions of buildings, contents, mode and style of dress etc., which contributed little to the story. Such descriptions were telling the reader, rather than subtle hints leaving the rest to the reader's imagination. Love interests weren't over-done, and were beautifully written. This was the initial difficulty before it clicked that this was really two genres in one.
Overall, as a debut novel, this was enthralling, gripping, fast-moving, punchy in style, and highly satisfactory. Characters were roundly developed. Will certainly buy the next.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fast paced crime thriller. Very enjoyable read and great plot. Robert Bidinotto writes extremely clearly and tells a great tale. Highly recommended.Published on 28 Aug. 2014 by David H Downham
A great debut novel from Robert Bidinotto, which introduces Dylan Hunter to the world. Well-written and enjoyable. I look forward to reading more from this author.Published on 11 Aug. 2013 by Travelholic