Monday, July 21, 2014

A Beautiful Madness by Lee Thompson

A Beautiful Madness
by Lee Thompson

My rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: DarkFuse
ISBN: 9781940544298
Genre: Adult Suspense/Mystery/Thriller
Print Length: 282 pages
Available from: Amazon


A Texas Senator and his wife go missing… On the same day, their son is slaughtered by an enigmatic killer on the lawn of ex-Governor Edward Wood’s residence. Sammy, Wood’s drug dealing son, suspects his father of the crime. After all, his old man snapped once before and crippled his wife with a lead pipe. But there’s something more to these events…something deeper and festering just beneath the surface…

In direct opposition to Homicide Detective Jim Thompson, Sammy begins an investigation of his own, searching for the truth in a labyrinth of lies, deception, depravity and violence that drags him deeper into darkness and mayhem with each step. And in doing so, brings them all into the sights of an elusive and horrifying killer who may not be what he seems.

A brutal killer on a rampage of carnage…a hardened detective on the brink…an antihero from the shadows…a terrifying mystery that could destroy them all…

A Beautiful MadnessMy Review
A Beautiful Madness by Lee Thompson
My Rating:  4 Stars

Violence and wasted lives, privilege, power games and the pressures they bring, sets the dark backdrop for A Beautiful Madness by Lee Thompson. Unlikely and questionable heroes, unsolved mysteries, senseless murders and an old ring all mesh together in a twisted collage of dark mystery, murder and intrigue in this riveting character-driven drama.

When a bloody and battered Senator’s son takes his dying breaths on the lawn of a disgraced former Texas governor, it is further discovered that the teen’s parents have both gone missing and the number one suspect is the former governor’s drug-dealing son. This won’t be the only murder to scar this family’s heart. Do the local police believe Sammy is guilty or are they inclined to believe he may be connected through his backstreet dealings and turf wars. Where is Sammy’s younger sister, who ran off to find freedom from the life she grew up in? A drug user who has always lived a privileged life,this young lady may set off a chain of events that started out as an act of rare kindness to a young Russian girl alone in the U.S.

As subplot after subplot, each filled with the potential to be a tale all on its own begins to roll by in a frenzied pace, Lee Thompson manages to keep this tale dark, cohesive and brings his characters to life in all of their questionable glory, in full detail. He doesn’t ask the reader to like his characters as he boldly fills them in, but I found myself looking beyond the outer shell into each character‘s soul, finding at least one redemptive quality in each. People will die, but did they deserve it? Will the killer be found or will he/she just walk away, into the sunset?

Lee Thompson had me captivated by his style and his tale.

I received this ARC edition from DarkFuse in exchange for my honest review.

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