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A Hmong "story cloth," a Revolutionary War battle flag, forged Picassos and a Russian drug dealer—finding the link between these disparate elements is the challenge Mike Hegan faces in The Scopas Factor, the latest mystery from Vincent Panettiere.

After his last investigation ends tragically, Detective Mike Hegan returns to Chicago from St. Kitts, hoping to put everything b
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3.5 Stars

The Scopas Factor was a second book in Mike Hegan mystery series. Book was revolved around primitive art, forgery, Laosian history, and drug smuggling that tangled main character – detective Mike Hegan in complex case. Book was filled with twist and turns, some tense scene and little bit romance.

I haven’t read first book so I can tell there wasn’t much I was missing from first book and can be read as standalone. Writing was o
Mystery/Thrillers are my genre but this book was very difficult to follow.
I wasn't sure what was going on. The plot was a mystery. Something about art forgery and communists. What? And the dialogue between Hegan and Diana was awkward at best. My New Years resolution was give books 100 pages then move on. This ended up a dnf.
Laila Viking
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
A lot happens in this story. A mix of drama, kidnapping, danger, mystery, murder, criminality, theft and a lot more.
It makes the reader a bit confused at times because it is difficult to catch the breath of it all.
A lot of twists and turns makes it worth the read in spite of confusion sometimes. The characters and sites are really well described and the author has made a great research.
It is a story that could have been shortened a bit to give it more suspence. It has a bit too much filling at
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“It says you solved a murder and broke up a Russian mob. There you are, in black and white.”

Los Angeles author Vincent Panettiere began his colorful career as a sports writer for a wire service and Boston daily, altered his path by accepting several executive positions at CBS and Fox Network, wrote several film scripts yet to be produced and served as a literary agent for television and film writers and directors, and as a sports agent for major league and professional baseball players. He is th
Luis Humberto Molinar Márquez
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The Scopas Factor, by Vincent Panettiere (author of These Thy Gifts and A Woman to Blame, whose protagonist is also Detective Mike Hegan). Published by BookBaby, 1st. edition, 2018. 310 pages (printed edition). Gender: Mystery.

A Hmong refugee seeks asylum in Ban Vinai, Thailand, where she embroiders on a cloth the story of a massacre at the hands of the Laotian army and entrusts it to her teenage daughter. Mike Hegan, Detective of the Chicago Police, is back h
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Vincent Panetierre’s novel, The Scopas Factor, is an exhilarating and fast-paced thriller novel that is an overall enjoyable read thanks to a one-of-a-kind and multi-level plot. The story primarily follows Michael Hegan, a Chicago-based police detective who finds himself unexpectedly entangled in an international and multi-generational intrigue. Hegan is supported in the story by a motley crew of fascinating and enigmatic characters who weave in and out of story lines to create an absorbing web ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book is nothing short of exciting, mysterious and electrifying. The events are dramatized well, making the reader visualize every action on the ground. Vincent Panettiere writes fascinatingly and was able to catch my interest from the start.
The author takes us to Ban Vinai Refugee Camp in Thailand at the beginning of the book. The year is 1990 and we are introduced to the Mud Woman. I found the Mud woman to be intriguing. Her character seemed interesting because at the beginning, the reader
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

A simple cloth becomes the vocal point for an international mystery involving war crimes, art theft and murder in author Vincent Panettiere’s The Scopas Factor. Here is the synopsis.

The Synopsis

A Hmong "story cloth," a Revolutionary War battle flag, forged Picassos and a Russian drug dealer—finding the link between these disparate elements is the challenge Mike Hegan faces in The Scopas Factor,
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Scopas Factor, by Vincent Panettiere, is an ambitious story full of adventure and intrigue. The book starts in 1990 in the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp in Thailand. The refugees are from the Hmong exodus from Northern Laos, fleeing from the Communist insurgents. One woman, known as the mud woman, refuses to live inside with the others and spends her days tracing pictures in the dirt. One day, Mos, her daughter, shows up and is reunited with her mother. While they are in the camp, the mud woman sew ...more
Sarah Nantais
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A mystery that spans ages and continents. A young girl, a life torn by war, a man submerged in curious circumstances. These are the tantalizing details that await readers of Vincent Panettiere’s The Scopas Factor. This gripping tale will have readers eager to devour the tale and learn more. There is an intricate attention to detail here that comes to writers who work hard to hone their craft and devote themselves to accurate portrayals. Beginning the story in the harsh circumstances found in a r ...more
The Singing Monkey
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this great book of romance, the arts, and crime so much because its structure is a mixture of simplicity as well as complicated. The simplicity lies in the fact that everything about its storyline felt so amateurish like for instance, the main character’s acquaintances and friends throughout the novel are easily connected (I was wondering how two women that seemed to be so far apart came to be known as two long-lost sisters from war-time Laos… and how they were also related to the wife ...more
Adrian Adams
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Detective Hegan from Chicago is on a leave of absence from the force after taking down the mob. Yet his vacation is not the one of relaxation that he was hoping for. Hegan and his not so serious girlfriend head to California for an unofficial job interview at a small town sheriffs office and to meet Dianas`s parents. Upon arriving in town for his interview Hegan stumbles upon the robbery of a story cloth that could put a war criminal, that massacred thousands of people, in prison for the rest of ...more
KayBee's  Bookshelf
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This was my first book by this author so I was not quite sure what to expect. From the synopsis, I gathered that the primary male character, Detective Mike Hegan returns to Chicago hoping to put a bad experience behind him. However, his girlfriend Diana, who was a prominent figure and not just an afterthought in the story set him up on a new job. the case leads him from San Francisco to traveling across the country. There are a lot of characters to keep up with so pay attention. With those chara ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Scopas Factor is a mystery for Panettiere to be proud of. The setting is interesting and far spanning, not only in time but also in place. While it starts in 1990, it instantly feels like the effects of the Vietnam war are still being felt on Asian countries, creating some fantastic world-building.

The writing itself is more than competent, showing flair and control over characters, events, and history. This helps create an air of mystery from the very beginning, drawing you into this world o
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'The Scopas Factor' by Vincent Panettiere is one of those books that draw you in without you even realise it and before you know it 3 hours have gone by. There is a power to his writing style that intrigues and engrosses you in equal measure that simply makes you unable to put the book down. The story starts in Laos with the mysterious Mud Woman, one of many fleeing the brutality of the Laotian army who would spend her days drawing in the dirt with a stick. Throughout, the course of the novel yo ...more
sophie clark
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
The opening chapter of this book immediately throws the reader into the story world with beautiful descriptive passages and a powerful setting. The author is skilful in weaving together various plot twists and turns, as well as taking the reader on a journey across various international locations. There are multiple surprising reveals and a large cast of characters that keep the action flowing. I was particularly drawn to Mos and Kia. I feel that noir films/fiction likely had a big stylistic inf ...more
Stephen R.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vincent Panettiere has already published four books, and now that I’ve finished “The Scopas Factor,” I’m going to buy the other three and hope they’re as good as this one! “The Scopas Factor” will have you turning those pages like crazy because you’ll want to know what’s going to happen next and ultimately solve all the mysteries with Mike.

Mike Hegan is the main character of the book, and he’s a brilliant detective who wants to give up on his career because of the tragedy that concluded his las
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Scopas Factor by Vincent Panettiere showcases the author's varied background and experiences from sports writer to an executive at major television networks. With several solid books under his belt, Panettiere again provides the reader with an intriguing story with a lot going on. The story opens in Laos and the Mud woman and from there the story unfolds nicely. Detective Mike Hegan again is the protagonist this time, taking us on a journey around the globe, trying to figure out a mystery th ...more
Better Than Life
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mike Hagan, a veteran police detective, was forced into retirement on medical grounds, after his final investigation ended badly. Not wanting to take on anything else, he finds himself persuaded into taking one more job by his girlfriend. In the small Californian town of Weedly he finds himself in the midst of numerous intertwining mysteries. How do two murders relate to a Russian drug dealer, and what dodgy dealings has his girlfriend's father been involved with? Hagan will have to travel the w ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an intreaging crime novel set. This is detective Mike Hegan's story. He is returning to Chicago after finishing his last case. Unfortunately one that went so badly, that he is in no rush to take another case for awhile. But his girlfriend Diana already has a job lined up for him in a near where her parents live. Mike reluctantly agrees to the job and they head west. But when they get there the case is not so simple and he soon finds himself in the middle of a theft and a murder case. The wo ...more
Shanell Meek
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, pretty good read.

I’ll be honest… I don’t know if this is part of a series or a stand alone book. The way it reads, is there’s a case before this and there will be a case after this. But I don’t know where to go from here to know the rest of the story except to try to track down more books by the author. But aside from that this was a good book. It ended kind of open ended so I’m sure there’s more to come later. The story follows detective Mike Hegan as he grudgingly takes a job his gir
Faraway Reads
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ah, finally a mystery that pulls you forward rather than throws you in the shadows to lurk. This is a great story written by Panettiere, and his talent for writing really shows here. You can tell just by reading it what a creative and diversified person Panettiere is.

We start off jumping right into the fray at a refugee camp in Thailand, and the rest of the story follows Mike Hegan, Detective, as he works his way through one twist at a time. Mike is a good man coping with some tough situations (
Advicesbooks Reviews
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have never read a novel like this. It is gripping and touching at the same time. In my view, through this tale, the author wanted to tell about a secret of history. Unfortunately, history always has secrets. Some of them are good, others are bad. The shocking secret of this story is about a massacre in a village in Laos, where the most of victims were women. The starting of the novel persuaded me continue reading until the last page, where I further discovered a compelling spy story that explo ...more
Mark Smith
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sports journalist-turned-writer Vincent Panettiere proves once again he is no stranger to weaving an intense story with a twist at every corner. He entertains and excites readers with his creative writing mastery and mind for intricate detail. As soon as readers open the book, they discover a world described in such detail it will seem real. Each sentence is painstakingly molded, but Panettiere doesn’t go overboard with the wording. He simple spins a tale while using just the right number of wor ...more
Minion Reviews
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vincent Panettiere’s third novel, The Scopas Factor features great intrigue and plot development as do Panettiere’s two previous novels. Detective Hegan, whom we have grown to champion before, takes on an even greater and more confounding mystery, which is not only expressly elusive but somewhat morphable, and leads him through personal doubts and concerns, as well as a wide geographical span. The devil-may-care, he-man behavior of Mike Hegan lends both attractiveness and credibility to his exhi ...more
Kickass Reads
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
A lot happens in this story. A mix of drama, kidnapping, danger, mystery, murder, criminality, theft and a lot more.
It makes the reader a bit confused at times because it is difficult to catch the breath of it all.
A lot of twists and turns makes it worth the read in spite of confusion sometimes. The characters and sites are really well described and the author has made a great research.
It is a story that could have been shortened a bit to give it more suspence. It has a bit too much filling at t
Bookish Picks
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Apparently this is the second novel that has featured Detective Mike Hegan, but I don't believe that it matters if you haven't read the first one to get plenty of enjoyment out of 'The Scopas Factor'. It is a mystery novel that takes you all over the world to figure out a number of conundrums that are somehow related. The characters, particularly Mike himself, are intriguing and empathetic, and you will be wondering right up until the end what their motivations truly are. If you are a fan of old ...more
Litnigma Reviews
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was the cover that first pulled me in to check out The Scopas Factor first. It seemed slightly at odds with the book blurb but I was suitably intrigued enough to give it a go.

For anyone else, like me, that initially thinks this may be another generic crime novel the likes that have flooded the market these days, I found this to have a lot more to offer. The writing is particularly good and concise, not over-written like so many books are these days. Detective Hegen proves to be a strong prot
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Some men will do everything to their girlfriends. Mike Hegan certainly is one of them. Mike is a detective and his last case ends badly. He wants to start everything from the beginning. But his girlfriend has a different plan so they end up in a small town Weedley and before Mike finds out he is in the middle of a mysterious kidnapping and two murders. Furthermore Diana's father disappears so the story gets really interesting.
,,The scopas factor'' contains a solid, intriguing crime story and mai
Raven About
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Talk about an author with an interestingly wicked background, writing a globe-trotting international thriller, taking place around the world. With skills similar to that of a black widow spider, Panettiere spins beautifully a woven masterpiece of a story. Twist and turns are subtle, to say the least. A true definition of the word detail. Inputting into fewer words rather than many. This sets the stage for that of a truly gifted writer distinguishability. Read what you can, save all that you have ...more
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Vincent Panettiere is the author of four books to date.
Three novels: A WOMAN TO BLAME, THE SCOPAS FACTOR and the award-winning and critically acclaimed THESE THY GIFTS.
He has also written The Internet Financing Illusion which deals with the dark side of the Internet.
He is a former licensed and bonded literary agent in Los Angeles representing writers and direct

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