1 out of 4 stars
Share This Review
Feeding the Beast by Richard Greene is the story of the Denver Police Department’s race to find a vicious killer. Set in 1951, we follow Detective Dan Morgan and his partner, Jack Brolin. Both men served in the war together and then became police officers together. Dan’s wife, Norma, died two years prior, and his daughter was killed in a hit and run accident when she was only eleven. Dan is estranged from his son, Richard, who sends postcards with no return address that simply say, “Doing fine.”
In 1951, there was no DNA evidence. There were no cell phones or even pagers in the book. Some households had a television, but most listened to the radio in the evenings for entertainment. The term “serial killer” would not be coined for years. When a young girl turns up dead on Larimer Street, Dan and Jack are called in to work the homicide. The murder is eerily similar to murders in other districts nearby. Are these homicides connected? Will Dan and Jack catch the killer (or killers) before they kill again? Find out in Feeding the Beast by Richard Greene!
The first thing I have to say about this book is that it was incredibly poorly edited. I found major grammatical errors throughout the book that completely ruined my reading of the book. It was nearly impossible to read with all the mistakes like misplaced commas, poor capitalization, and run-on sentences. Some of the dialogue was a bit trite, and the language was incredibly repetitive. Every morning, trees were “bathed” in sunlight, for example. Further, the formatting changed seemingly on a whim.
That said, I enjoyed the plot of the book, and it honestly had me on the edge of my seat! I felt that the characters were well written and really came to life through their interactions with Dan. I really enjoyed reading about the relationship between Dan and Jack. They love to rile each other up and mess with each other, and I found these humorous interactions lightened the tone of the otherwise serious book. My favorite part of the book was the psychology professor, Professor Pappel. I loved his insights about the investigation and thought he was a smart addition to the book. I also felt like the author truly understood the impacts of 1951 police work and living, in general. He mentions bench seats, rotary telephones, and clothing styles that were popular.
This book is definitely not for everyone. It has some deranged sexual violence that may be too much for some people. It isn’t very graphic, except for one or two scenes, but it is quite disturbing. Fans of serial killer mysteries and police stories will like this book. Because of the truly appalling editing, I have to give this book one out of four stars. With some serious editing, I would happily rate this book two or three stars because I found the plot so engaging. I think some readers would really like this work, but it definitely needs a few more rounds of edits.
Feeding The Beast
View: on Bookshelves