Monthly Archives: May 2011

Book Review – Unprotected Love

Unprotected Love – Murder on the docks of Manhattan

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Author: John F. Rooney
Format: Kindle, Paperback

Late night on the docks of Manhattan, they find him, carefully laid out, hands crossed, peaceful, and very dead.  A close examination of the body finds something usual hidden in his mouth – a condom.  Unfortunately, this is not the first victim to be found this way.  All are male hustlers and all have the same condom calling card.  A serial killer has been born.  NYPD special ops is called in and Denny Delany, one of the city’s best is put in charge of the case.  He reaches out to sex crimes but intra-department politics start to hamper Denny’s progress.  As he battles his own alcoholic demons, the bodies pile up and Denny wonders if his lack of progress is by design.  Could the perpetrators be within and if so, how can protect his career as well as his life?

Unprotected Love was my first read of Rooney’s Delany series.  Rooney has a knack for storytelling.  His characterization, settings and plot all work together to create strong hooks keeping the reader engaged.  His style and voice are a little different than the average read which took me a chapter or two to tune my ear to.  As with most mysteries, the fun is taking the clues provided and trying to jump ahead and solve who the murderer is.  Rooney does a good job at throwing a couple of red herrings in the mix hear and there and had me guessing then second guessing most of the way.

I also found the details of how the relationship between “John’s” and “Hustlers” interesting from a psychological perspective.  This detail and the backstory of Denny and Molly gave the work a real and edgy feel.  More mystery then thriller, Unprotected Love is an entertaining read.

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Book Review – The Road to Grafenwohr

The Road to Grafenwohr – One of my favorite Patterson Novels

Rating: 5 of 5 stars, TMBOA Recommended!

Author: Edward C. Patterson
Format: Kindle, Paperback

Traveling to his unit in post war Germany, Quincy Summerson finds the locals, their heritage, language, architecture, and culture fascinating.  They too, find him of great interest given the unique birthmark displayed prominently on his cheek which legend portends it to be a harbinger for both great evil and good.  Quincy’s journey takes him further and further into heart of Bavaria as visions begin to plague him.  As they increase in frequency and violence Quincy learns he has been called not just to serve the United States but an even higher purpose.

Readers may be initially turned off by the title of Patterson’s latest work.  But I must say, this was one of my favorites from him.  Patterson takes his expert prose and characterization skills and infuses them into an intriguing setting of a young man stationed in Germany during the height of the cold war with an eclectic group of roommates where everyone prays to avoid reassignment to Vietnam—except for one man.  Sprinkle in some fantasy elements and Patterson has created a genre I’ve not previously experienced but very much enjoyed.

The plot is very tight and the storyline moves.  If you already are a Patterson fan, I think you will definitely enjoy The Road to Grafenwohr.  If you’ve never read him and you are looking for something different, give this one a try – you won’t be disappointed.

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