If you have not read Connelly, Verdon, etc., then go read them and come back when you have nothing to download and want a mystery on your drive to NY...Show More » I was glad I discovered David Levien BUT the story does not live up to your expectations at the beginning of the book. Quite frankly, it is way too easy for this P.I. to come across clues -- or even to figure out where to look. ("Mhm, let me find the bike that has been lost for a year and a half and that the police never thought to look for"...and a page later, his intuition pays off.) That said, I have downloaded the second novel in the series...I do have to drive back to Boston. (Scott Brick, who tends to annoy me as a reader, is actually quite good in this.)
Story is too authentic at times...narration is BAD
I have a Criminal Justice degree and watch all the true crime shows I can. I have read extensively on many serial killers and what acts they have com..Show More »mitted. That being said my stomach was turned a few times in this book and I don't think the scenes were necessary for the story. Yes we know that killers start with small animals... I DON'T need to hear those kinds of acts explicitly described in a leisure book. I am an animal lover and could've handled the general commentary of animal torture but to tell me how, and why and how long the specific type of torture continued was despicable on the part of the author. Wire hangers and fireworks aren't necessary for story movement.
Based on that, no I would not recommend this book.