Malevolent by E.H. Reinhard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is the first novel by Reinhard that I have read. It was a slow start, but it picked up. Overall, I thought it was good.
The story's main character is Lieutenant Kane, a police detective with decades of experience who prefers to work alone. He doesn't always make the decisions I would expect a police officer to make, which is how he gets himself into some trouble. There is a killer on the loose, and Kane becomes his focus. The killer is out to prove that he is sharper than the police, Kane, in particular.
I believe the story could have been told in a more concise narrative. The author focused on too many nit-picky details about coffee, food, clothes, the cat, etc. that did not lend themselves to moving the plot forward. Sometimes I felt like the plot was predictable, and I don't believe some of the criminal's behavior was sufficiently explained.
On the other hand, I liked this book because it reminded me of an episode of one of my favorite TV shows, Criminal Minds. It was graphic, dark, and twisty. And while it was at times predictable, there was enough suspense to keep me interested. I might even read another book in the series.
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