As the body count rises and a pattern emerges—each victim is known for his brutal abuse of women—Donne ...more
Even though I've grown a bit weary of the back-and-forth chapter format - this time between San Francisco homicide detective Clara Donner and a serial killer - I was reeled in from the get-go and didn't get off the hook until the last page.
A killer, who brutalizes victims as payback to men who abuse women of the street in the worst possible ways, leads Donner and her partner on a not-so-merry chase. I feel obligated to sa ...more
The dialogue in the novel read almost like a hard boiled detective novel, reminiscent of a film noir, spare and terse. Because I'm not used to this kind of dialogue, I kept wanting more – more details, more descriptions, but alas, the author employed this technique throughout the novel. Well, at least that was my impression due to the inner musings ...more
Clare and her partner, Hendricks, are not too upset at who the victims are ... but being the dedicated cops they are, they run the gamut of stopping the serial killer. But the bodies keep piling up. And these victims were not discharged from life easily or painlessly.
They eventually find a link between the victims and another young girl. Is this the li ...more
This was my first time reading a Seth Harwood novel. The plot itself was fairly interesting; someone is torturing and killing men who take particular pleasure in torturing women. It's told from alternating perspectives of the killer and the cop who is chasing him. Sometimes I like this device, but I didn't feel it worked well here; it detracted from, rather than added to the suspense. Most of the characters were rather fl ...more
Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for this free readers edition. In exchange I am providing an honest review.
Harwood's a new-to-me author, his Jack Palms series is on my to read list but I haven't gotten around to it yet. This title seems to be a stand alone but I could easily see it turning into another series.
Clara Donner is a rare sight in the San Francisco PD Homicide Unit. It's a boy's world but she's working to open it up for other women. Her partner, Hendricks, and ...more
Story is told in alternating voices of the detective and the priest.
As far as crime novels go, it held it’s own. There was at least one point in the book where I didn’t want to put it down, though that didn’t last all the way through the book. However, to have a reader feeling like that at some point during the novel is an accomplishme ...more
When authors have different genres and can make you believe what your reading could actually have taken place in this world and Seth Harwood accomplished that.
That said I really enjoyed the concept of this book and found myself making time to read it and choose it over a David Baldacci novel I've been reading a number of times. It's a great story that touches on real life issues faced by everyday ...more
This is the first novel I have read/heard of from this author. The book was quite enjoyable and I didn't want to put it down. I though the plot was remarkably interesting and suspenseful. I really enjoyed the dual point of views from the investigator and the killer. I liked the contrast between the two main characters. I also like the way that Donner's personality was portrayed because she was not portrayed as a typical female characters. I wi...more
Meet Detective Clara Donner, who served many years on vice working with runaways and women who walk the streets. Now she is working in homicide, and soon will find out that what she thought was bad is nothing compared to the case where she is following a ruthless serial killer. As more bodies turn up Donner follows the killers trail across the city. Donner finds a girl with links to the killer and his prey ...more
Also, this is 2016. Since when does the church offer sanctuary to murdering, kidnapping priests (not that I necessarily disagreed with his actions) and run crying to the bishop when the police obviously show up? (It's not as if they stormed the church with a battering ram and smoke bombs.)
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
Note that I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Really enjoyed the quick pacing and strong characters. Read it on Kindle on a trip and it had exactly the intensity I needed to stay sane on the plane.
Short, punchy chapters make it perfect as a travel/commute read.
Will have to check out more by the author!
Good storytelling pared down to the essentials without compromise to structure or form or believability. Characters cleverly introduced believable and engaging,
He is the author of four additional novels, EVERYONE PAYS, IN BROAD DAYLIGHT, THIS IS LIFE and YOUNG JUNI ...more