3 out of 4 stars
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In Perfect Fairways…Hidden Lies (the first in the Harry Knight FBI series) by Robert Marier, someone is brutally killing young women all around the country. The FBI becomes involved after the third victim is found. As they investigate, a fourth woman is killed in Florida, and the case ends up in Agent Harry Knight’s hands. He and his team quickly realize that the perpetrator is a part of the golf world and work to narrow down their suspect pool. They soon zero in on a suspect, but he suddenly leaves for Mexico. Can the FBI find and catch the murderer before he kills again?
The story jumps straight into the action with the first chapter covering the discovery of the first three victims. This is a more straight forward crime novel that does not have any plot twists. The investigators quickly figure out who the killer is, and the second half of the book is focused on trying to locate and capture him. So if you are someone who enjoys plot twists, this may not be the book for you.
Agent Harry Knight was well characterized with plenty of details given of his background. However, Marier was inconsistent in how he treated other characters’ characterization. He gave some details of the backstory of two detectives that were minor characters, while there was no backstory given for an FBI agent that was much more involved in the story.
There were also times that I felt that there were too many unnecessary details included. A good example of this is when a detective had to show a bartender a picture of their suspect to see if it is the same man he saw with one of the victims, and he tells another investigator that it was the bartender’s day off, and the detective had to find him at home. Some of the added details, although unnecessary, didn’t bother me much, but others hindered the flow of the story a bit.
There were also numerous editing mistakes, primarily missing or unnecessary commas. However, most of these errors were small and did not bother me much. Due to these editing flaws and the issues I had with the characterization and writing, I am giving this book 3 out of 4 stars. If I was allowed to, I would have given it 2.5 stars. However, I did not feel that these problems were bad enough to warrant 2 stars.
This book is on the shorter side at 180 pages, so it’s a good choice for anyone looking for a quicker read. The murders were also not gory or graphically described. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys detective novels, especially if they also like golf.
Perfect Fairways... Hidden Lies
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