The Death of Anyone

February 25, 2013
Votes: 0
Audience Adult
Word Count 60-80k (average/short)

Editing, Production, Marketing & Sales

Edited by Nancy Schumacher
Cover design by Caroline Andrus
Formatted by Nancy Schumacher
Published Through Melange Books
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Distributed by Amazon
Reviewer Rating: 3.5 Stars

The Rundown

This crime thriller is centered around Bonnie Benham, a steely detective who has been transferred from narcotics after succumbing to drug use herself. Now investigating a serial killer who rapes and murders very young girls, Bonnie and her fellow detectives Jensen and Lagrow are determined to catch the perpetrator before he strikes again. A small bead of sweat was found on the last victim, but it does not match any DNA in the police database. It’s up to Bonnie to convince the D.A to try a controversial method of DNA testing, known as familial testing. This procedure could potentially bring up another sample from a member of the perps family. While their superiors argue about the merit of this unfamiliar procedure, Bonnie, and her team attempt to hunt down the killer, who has a habit of targeting young girls who have been left home alone. This book is interesting and does a thorough job of following police procedures. I found it really fascinating at times. It starts to look like the killer might have regular access to these girls, some of whom come from a very nice gated community. Who is he and how is he gaining their trust? The personal story that runs alongside the detective action, did not quite do it for me. I wasn’t overly convinced by Bonnie as a character and I was not a fan of the many inner monologues the characters had with themselves. This was not enough to detract from a good story, however, and the author has certainly done his research with regards to the crime and police work. I was compelled to keep turning the pages in order to find out how Bonnie and her team nailed the killer.


The Recommendation

A thoroughly researched and genuinely compelling detective drama. The Death of Anyone introduces disgraced detective Bonnie Benham, who is determined to put her addictions behind her in order to solve a new case. A killer is targeting young girls and it’s a race against time to stop him before the body count gets any higher.


The Rating Reviewer Rating: 3.5 Stars

3.5 Stars (out of 5): Pretty good. For the right audience, this could be great. Sure, there were some issues, but it was still worth the read.

The Pros & Cons

Pros: Page Turner, Plot, Strong World-Building
Cons: Character Developement, Dialogue

The Reviewer

The Death of Anyone

Detroit homicide Detective Bonnie Benham has been transferred from narcotics because of addiction problems and is working the case of a killer of young women. CSI collects DNA evidence from the scene of the latest victim, but no match turns up in the database. Due to the notoriety of the crimes a task force is put together with Bonnie as the lead detective, and she implores the D.A. to use an as yet unapproved type of a DNA Search in an effort to identify the killer. Homicide Detective Neil Jensen, with his own history of drug and alcohol problems, understands Bonnie’s frailty and the two detectives become romantically involved as they track the killer.

 

 

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Author’s Summary

Detroit homicide Detective Bonnie Benham has been transferred from narcotics because of addiction problems and is working the case of a killer of young women. CSI collects DNA evidence from the scene of the latest victim, but no match turns up in the database. Due to the notoriety of the crimes a task force is put together with Bonnie as the lead detective, and she implores the D.A. to use an as yet unapproved type of a DNA Search in an effort to identify the killer. Homicide Detective Neil Jensen, with his own history of drug and alcohol problems, understands Bonnie’s frailty and the two detectives become romantically involved as they track the killer.

 

 

Short Description

Homicide detectives use an unapproved type of a DNA search in an attempt to catch a serial killer.

Catchphrase

A mystery with authentic police procedure, suspense, forensics and romance.

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