Murder Book – Thomas Perry

I think I found a new author I love!

Thanks to Penzler Pub and Mysterious Press for the gifted copy in exchange for my honest review

MURDER BOOK – Thomas Perry (Released January 17th, 2023)

Book Description:

When a sudden crime wave hits several small midwestern towns, the U.S. Attorney for the region calls on Harry Duncan to investigate. An ex-cop known for his unorthodox methods, Duncan is reluctant to go up against a widespread criminal organization—but the attorney in question is Ellen Leicester, the wife who left him fifteen years earlier, and to her, he can’t say no.

Initially brought in as a consultant to determine if the racketeering is severe enough to require an all-out investigation by the FBI, Duncan quickly finds himself in conflict with a syndicate far more violent than first suspected. As the investigation develops, he begins compiling a “murder book,” the notebook in which a detective keeps records, interviews, photos—everything he needs to build his case. But his scrutiny of the gang soon makes Duncan a target. And Ellen, too.

A thrilling and suspenseful tour of crime-addled midwestern towns, Murder Book is signature Thomas Perry, with characters you won’t soon forget, crisply-described action sequences, and breathlessly-tense plotting that will keep you racing through the pages.

My Thoughts: 5/5 stars

While I’m shocked I haven’t read anything else by Thomas Perry I’m even more surprised that I hadn’t heard anything about this book over on Bookstagram. MURDER BOOK has all the elements you want in a thriller and I couldn’t put it down.

This was action-packed and thrilling with plenty of suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat. We meet PI Harry Duncan and he’s been called in by the US Attorney’s Office for his unique expertise and unconventional methods for solving murders. This is set in the Midwest and, like the title, there actually is a murder book in here, something I did enjoy! Loved the small Midwestern towns, loved this PI, and I can’t believe that I haven’t picked up more by Thomas Perry. Definitely recommend it!

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