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A doomed killer’s cryptic warning, an ancient Japanese book on the occult, a family of Italian witches, a mannequin that can’t be destroyed, the murderous spirit of a dead child…

Detective Ben Ricci is not a believer. Everything must have a logical explanation, including the brutal murder of Fabrizio Lecanto. All he needs is a broken alibi or compelling motive. Instead he
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Paperback, 1, 360 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published July 26th 2015)
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C.J. Anaya
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book was simply amazing. It's been a long time since I've read an actual murder mystery that remains true to the genre, and takes the reader deep into the investigative process with those awesome twists, turns and red herrings. Too many writers miss the mark and focus solely on personal relationships, allowing that to take over the entire plot, while this author took those conflicts in the main character's personal life and used it to add flawless tension to the entire narrative, ...more
Jamie Kline
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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It's been a while since I've read a good crime or mystery novel, so I was excited to get the chance to read Nine-Tenths of the Law. Of course I'm a paranormal fan as well, so the fact that it had a bit of both worlds definitely caught my interest.

The protagonist, Ben Ricci, definitely had some issues. He had a history of drug abuse that had almost cost him his job in the past and a wife who made being in his own house uncomfortable. He surrounded himself with people who still did drugs (his
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Nick Rossi
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Aren't all the best plot twists a result of bad timing? They sure are for Ben Ricci in Nine-Tenths of the Law ((Nine Lives Series Book 1). In his novel, author Glenn Mitchell creates a lead character that is damaged, sordid, and just a tad bit unlucky. But you know what? Ben's totally likable, for what that's worth.

Glenn Mitchell's prosaic style is atmospheric and melodic in nature. He presents a dark, menacing but redemptive world that is literally pulsating with its own maniacal heartbeat. Ben
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Charles Murphy
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
(Free copy given for honest review)

Grimy, morally grey crime story runs smack into a horror and spends most of it trying desperately to pretend this has a logical explanation - how much you'll like the book depends on how much you'll like our narrator refusing to acknowledge he's wandered into a ghost story. Personally, I liked that quite a lot; there's extra tension in knowing what's going on before Ben does, when we know how much danger he's unwittingly in. Ben himself lurches from good guy to
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Heather
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of this book through Goodread's Giveaways.

I had a hard time really getting into the story. The premise was interesting enough but the actual story just didn't pull through for me.

I felt the main character was trying to be the "jaded" cop but just came across, to me, as more whiny and self-serving. I also found the story slightly confusing. I had a hard time keeping some of the characters straight and the ending confused me thoroughly. I had a hard time following how we
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Cathy
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
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I received this book from Goodreads.

I enjoyed this murder mystery/horror story. I am pleased that all was eventually made clear and the police's quandary as to what to do with the case added to the mystery to the very end. I was a bit shocked with the ending and am not sure I am pleased with how the book ended. Since this is supposed to be the first book in a series I will have to wait for the next one to see if things get better or if there is an entirely new case to solve.

The author's writing
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latybug
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free download of this book from Story Cartel, thank you!
This was an entertaining read. I was interested to see how all the different characters dealt with Alice.
I didn't like the way it ended, but overall I enjoyed the book.
I would recommend it to others and I would read more by this author.
John
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
To describe this story in any way would be an injustice and give something away. This is one you just have to pick up and give a read. There's a bit of everything here, but at it's core it's about a killer. I found it difficult to put down, and relished the next twist!
Kristine
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very odd yet catching premise! Ending left me turning the page saying "wait! What?! That's it!?"
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Glenn H. Mitchell studied journalism and video production before a career in television, producing and writing programs for the ABC, Foxtel and SBS including co-writing the first series of popular Australian comedy, Pizza.

In addition to his novels, 'Nowhere' and 'Nine-Tenths of the Law', Mitchell's short stories have been published in The J.J. Outré Review, Crack the Spine Literary Magazine, and
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