4 out of 4 stars
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Max Christian is a retired NYPD homicide detective who is currently living out his retirement as a Private Investigator. His wife, Meridew Hadley, is a newly elected Congresswoman who is among the new wave of women leaders sweeping across America. She is self-reliant, level-headed, and stubborn, and even though Max supports her, he is still worried and unhappy about the physical and emotional distance that comes with the job. Before Meridew could officially settle in her new position as Congresswoman, a series of murders start occurring that seem to target women leaders and their families. Detective Tina Falcone immediately contacts Max, informing him of an emerging hate group, LadyKillers Liberation Army, whose aim is to ensure women remain in their proper place as lesser beings.
Things turn personal for Max when his wife becomes the primary target of the group due to her status and political position. It instantly becomes a race to save her life at whatever cost. He enlists the help of fellow PI, Nick Testa, who has no qualms about being liberal with the law, his tech-savvy partner Ahab and Ray Peterson as Miredew’s bodyguard. They make it their mission to uncover the mystery behind the killings and the masterminds. As their investigations heat up, they run into more twists and puzzles that give rise to more questions; what is the accurate composition of the group? What is their real agenda? And what is their tie to the Russian KGB? Additionally, they have to figure out the legitimacy of the targets, and if they all are victims.
Peter Goldman and Nicola Malatesta exquisitely describe the various scenes and settings, making it easy to visualize and get engrossed in the depictions. The character introduction and development are also in-depth and vivid, creating suspense and constant interest in them and the story. The LadyKillers War hooks the reader right from the introduction and keeps one glued to the pages since the revelations of the mysteries are in small tantalizing details. The suspense, tension, humor, and sarcasm from characters like Nick and Ahab make the book engaging and captivating.
My favorite aspect of the read is how the characters develop individually then merge as the story unfolds, effectively keeping the reader in anticipation as to who they are and their ultimate contribution and involvement in the plot. Additionally, the chapter headings are creative and witty, offering a glimpse of what the chapter entails. There is nothing to dislike about the novel; I would, however, suggest the chapter headings to be in bold, have larger fonts, and follow a uniform arrangement. This will increase the book’s visual appeal and reading experience.
The LadyKillers War is professionally edited; I found only a few grammatical and spelling errors that do not disrupt the flow of the story. The book is, however, suitable for mature and less sensitive readers due to the strong language used and some instances of brutal descriptions. The novel’s simple language and conversations further add to the interactive nature of the book, making it a fast and easy read. I, therefore, give it a deserved rating of 4 out of 4 stars and recommend it to anyone looking for a comprehensive and deeply satisfying crime thriller novel.
The LadyKillers War
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