“Closer to a Jeffery Deaver manhunt emotionally, than to Nordic noir, Manning’s debut crime novel is a keeper.”
A teenaged boy's family is murdered before his eyes, and he ends up in the hospital in unstable condition with multiple stab wounds. In a state of shock, he remains unconscious.
“a combination Philip Marlowe and Mike Hammer with a generous dash of Maxwell Smart.”
Usually crime novels end when the villain is captured or killed, the victim saved, or justice served.
“A marvelous historical mystery, but not for those who want their violence candy-coated.”
When perusing a thriller, readers are expected to suspend their disbelief. Circumstances that are improbable in reality are readily accepted in a fictitious world where anything is possible.