4 out of 4 stars
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In this mystery-filled, action-packed crime thriller, a name could be a curse and a blessing. In many societies, family names go a long way to influence the destinies of the bearers. This myth forms the foundation of the exciting story you will find in Carlotti by David Dalrymple.
Dr. Nick Carlotti, the youngest son of the most notorious Italian mob boss in Philadelphia, is nothing like his father. He is a successful plastic surgeon who wants nothing to do with his father's business. Unlike his elder brother, Eddie, he chooses to lead a life free of crime. When his mother, Liza Carlotti, dies in a car crash, having heard her last words, he believes her death wasn't a mere accident. This suspicion leads him on a search for his mother's killer.
A zealous Philadelphia Detective, Maurice Rawls, and his partner, Taylor, on a case of a dead prostitute, suddenly link the disappearance of a lounge singer, Anya, to Liza Carlotti's death. Nick partners with Detective Rawls to solve the case of his dead mother. His friend, Steve, and colleague, Danielle, were also involved in the investigation. Nick battles with the possibility of his father and Senator Lloyd Mays, a friend of his mother, being responsible for his mother's death. His quest attracts much more attention than he expects, and he soon realizes he is towing a dangerous path and might get himself killed.
In this first fictional work, David Dalrymple takes the reader on a journey into a world of crime and justice laced with mystery. In this book, the themes of love, betrayal, greed, perseverance, vengeance, and the Christian faith are emphasized. I loved the author's ability to keep the mystery going until the end. And despite the number of pages this book contained, I never felt the story was dragged. The seamless transition of events and little use of Italian phrases and sentences, which were translated, made this book a joy to read. More so, I loved Nick and Danielle's relationship.
The only thing I didn't find praiseworthy was the excessive use of profane words. Nonetheless, the nature of the story contributed to the use of these words.
This book contained many profane words and minor instances of gory scenes, and I could barely spot typographical and grammatical errors. It also lacked erotic scenes. I'd rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because it appears to be professionally edited. For its excessive use of profanity, I wouldn't recommend this book to young readers. Mature readers who enjoy mystery-filled crime thrillers would have a swell time reading this book.
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