by Sid Meltzer
March 1-31, 2021 Tour
Kim Barbieri, a tough, street-smart New York City crime reporter unfazed by male egos and mangled bodies, is sent an anonymous note with a sinister message:
I intend to commit a murder
She doesn’t know who the killer is.
She doesn’t know who his victim will be.
She doesn’t know where, when and how he will strike.
But there is one thing she does know: If she doesn’t learn to think like a killer, someone’s going to get away with murder.
Kudos for Unwitting Accomplice:
"The tension builds page after page, chapter after chapter, between the psycho driven to kill and the reporter determined to stop him—ending with a surprise twist I just didn’t see coming. And I’m a thriller writer!" ~ Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of Gates of Fire and A Man at Arms
This novel got off to a bit of a slow start for me. The alternating viewpoints, unannounced, were initially disconcerting. The more I read, however, the novel became engaging. It has a plot centered on methodical character revelation that ultimately became compelling.
Meltzer gives us a psychological study of two people. One is a retired man. He had been a success in the financial world but was now so bored, he thinks a perfect murder is a worthy project to pursue. He had never really done anything in his life worth others remembering but that was about to change. The second person is a female reporter to whom the potential murderer sends the notes. She tries to psych out the potential killer, feeling like he is inside her head, playing deadly mind games.
I appreciate the exploration of the kinds of murder charges a DA can declare and how one would go about determining the right one for each case. I like the subtle questions I sensed about what I would have done in the midst of such a potentially deadly situation. And I liked the final revelation of the narcissistic personality and its ramifications.
This is a good debut effort. I am impressed with Meltzer's imagination and will be looking for more from him.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Published by: Rogue Phoenix Press
Publication Date: December 7, 2020
Number of Pages: 313
Series: A Kim Barbieri Thriller
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
Read an excerpt:
He started out as a NYS Supreme Court Probation Officer, a job that helped him see things from a criminal’s point of view— and let him peer into their minds’ many dark alleys.
Working with ethically-challenged rascals prepared him well for the caliber of people he met in his next career— advertising. That is where he learned how to craft stories that draw readers in and keep them engaged.
Unwitting Accomplice is his debut novel.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)