The Death of Anyone
by D.J. Swykert
My Rating: 4 Stars
Publication Date: February 25, 2013
Publisher: Melange Books, LLC
Genre: Dark Murder Mystery|Police Procedural|Adult
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homicide Detective Bonnie Benham has been transferred from narcotics
for using more than arresting and is working the case of the killer of
adolescent girls. CSI collects DNA evidence from the scene of the latest
victim, which has not been detected on the other victims. But no
suspect turns up in the FBI database. Due to the notoriety of the crimes
a task force is put together with Bonnie as the lead detective, and she
implores the D.A. to authorize an as yet unapproved type of a DNA
Search in an effort to identify the killer. Homicide Detective Neil
Jensen, with his own history of drug and alcohol problems, understands
Bonnie’s frailty and the two detectives become inseparable as they track
this killer of children.
The Death of Anyone by D. J. Swykert
Dark, tense and gritty, The Death of Anyoneby D. J. Swykert takes the reader to a beaten and broken city that has rotted from the inside out and spotlights the heinous crimes of a serial killer as a hard as nails female detective vows to find justice for the brutalized, young victims. Welcome to Detroit, to the dark side of life and death as Detective Bonnie Benham must deal with her own demons as she tries to deal with the demon who has sexually molested, then murdered several young girls, many from one of the city’s last remaining areas of affluence.
As Bonnie and her team butt heads with superiors, comb for clues through a neighborhood who refuses to get involved and resurrect past unsolved crimes with frightening similarities, the trail dead ends and a killer will go free, unless one untested angle can nail their main suspect. Meanwhile, Bonnie finds a connection with another officer that seems too good to be true, too good to last, will it interfere with her investigation or will it strengthen her resolve in her hunt for justice and to do the almost impossible, close a case.
D. J. Swykert tells this tale with the grit of coarse grain sandpaper, the darkness of pitch and leaves little to the imagination as each brutal detail is sliced open and gruesome detail. Not for the delicate of constitution, this tale will hold the reader in place, gut clenched, and knuckles white. The author also serves as a guide around Detroit, as well as many suburbs, which for anyone who grew up in the area, will sound familiar, yet described through rose colored glasses. These characters were both completely realistic and flawed in so many ways, yet their need to feel human after wallowing in the vileness of child abuse, rape and murder was what struck a cord with me the most. For those who enjoy the oily grit of crime and justice, this is a fabulous read.
I received this copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.