by Pat Krapf
on Tour June 1-30, 2017
Sean Ireland, the first gay presidential candidate in US history, is guaranteed the election—until he’s found dead at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.Stunned by her friend’s murder, private investigator Darcy McClain is determined to hunt down Sean’s killer. In shock, she returns home to find someone has broken into her home, assaulted her sister, and stolen Bullet, her giant schnauzer.
After Sean’s death, more grisly murders follow, leading the police to suspect a serial killer, but Darcy isn’t convinced. In the course of her investigation, she’s astounded to discover evidence of a high-level government conspiracy to exterminate gays and lesbians. Is Sean’s murder tied to this conspiracy? Could someone in the government have killed him? Darcy vows to track down her friend’s murderer, save Bullet, and discover the truth.
Krapf weaves a captivating tale that will leave readers wanting more of Darcy McClain's shrewd investigative adventures as she and her bold canine sidekick, Bullet, navigate the clever plot twists in her thrillers.
I enjoyed this thriller that could be tomorrow's headlines. I am not much of a conspiracy theory buff but Krapf has crafted a plausible plot rooted in the current atmosphere of hate. She has combined the fear of a pandemic with the determination of a few wealthy men to eradicate a segment of America's society. Add the incentive of political aspirations and the result is a dangerous but very possible future.
I liked Darcy as the heroine. She is one gutsy girl. An ex-FBI agent, she has the skills and connections to pursue an investigation where others fail. But she is not all toughness as she has a big soft spot in her heart for her faithful dog. I like how Darcy's character was pitted against a San Francisco police detective who hates her. They seem to have a history that proves he a jerk, something he confirms it in this novel.
This is the first novel I have read in this series and I was a bit confused at the beginning. Kapf writes from a universal omniscient point of view. Readers are introduced to a number of characters in a variety of situations early on. They all come together as the novel progresses but I would have rather that the various plot elements be introduced at a slower pace. Once I figured out how all the people and their actions were related, I enjoyed following Darcy and the suspense she experienced.
I recommend this novel to those who enjoy a thriller based on cutting edge vaccine experiments. Add wealthy and powerful men who want to purify their society and you have the makings of a good thriller.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Technothriller
Published by: Thunder Glass Press
Publication Date: June 2017
Number of Pages: 502
Series: A Darcy McClain and Bullet Thriller, #3 (These are Stand Alone titles)
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Author Bio:Patricia “Pat” Krapf is a full-time writer and author of the acclaimed Darcy McClain and Bullet Thriller Series.
She and her husband live in Texas with their giant schnauzer Bullet, who at a hundred pounds has found his way into the plot of his master’s books.
Pat was an active member of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Writers’ Workshop for ten years and is now a member of several professional writing organizations, including Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She frequents Bouchercon and the DFW Writers Conference. Her second book, Gadgets, won the Betty L. Henrichs Award for Best Publishable Mystery.
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. My comments are an independent and honest review.