This is the first thriller introducing Franco Patrese, a homicide detective in Pittsburgh (I believe he transfers to the FBI in later books). Franco is a lapsed Catholic, but his partner Mark Beradino is very much involved in the Church. The book begins with what appears a domestic crime, in the worst part of the city. A drug dealer shot by his girlfriend. Patrese and Beradino get little chance to investigate the murder though before another occurs - that of a premier brain surgeon. Before long, other prominent citizens are also killed, set on fire by a murderer who seems to be able to gain access to the victims with ease.
If you like your thrillers to be exciting, with great characters and a plausible plot, then this could be for you. The author is not afraid to tackle some pretty disturbing and controversial themes - including religious and racial intolerance and the role of the Church. Both homicide detectives are hampered in their mission to find the killer by having personal secrets they wish to hide and the action is literally non stop, with a delicious twist at the end that, for once, I never saw coming. Absolutely fantastic if you enjoy books in this genre - the next is downloaded on my kindle already.
One word of warning though - the US and UK editions of this authors books have different titles. In the US this book is titled, "Thou Shall Kill" and the next book by him is called City of Sins in the UK, but "City of the Dead" in the US. Just beware you don't end up ordering the same book twice.
- Hardcover: 436 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books (26 April 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439197482
- ISBN-13: 978-1439197486
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 612 g
- Customer Reviews: 15 customer ratings