Apr 14, 2012

Review: City of Chaos

Ray Crusafi, private investigator, heads to Oklahoma but never makes it. Halfway there, he takes supposedly simple job investigating a shooting in tiny Eris, Missouri. Someone wants the local grocery store out of business, and will do whatever it takes.

However, Ray's presence escalates things. The store owner's son is killed, and the sheriff suspects Ray of murder.

Ray's wife joins him, but she is seen as the perfect opportunity, and she is kidnapped. Then the ultimatum comes; his wife will die in 24 hours unless he personally levels the grocery store to the ground.

To save his wife, and wrap up the case, he has only one day to discover who is behind it all.

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I very much enjoyed CITY OF CHAOS though I will admit feeling sorry for Ray for awhile.  It seemed as though the only breaks that he could get were bad ones.  Not only is his wife kidnapped but he is beaten so many times that it is a wonder that the poor man could be alive let alone get his wife back.  

This really is a quick read.  The pacing is so fast going from one epiphany to another, from one disaster to the next that this book is really hard to set aside until the very end.  The characters are also very believable.  None of them really really come across as evil which makes it hard to pinpoint the villain in the piece. 

I do recommend this book to readers of mysteries and thrillers.  You are sure not to be disappointed.

I rate this book a 3.75.

**I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest and impartial review.  No monies have or will exchange hands.


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