MARSHALL LAW by Paul Kilmartin
Released: March 10, 2019
Genre: Crime Thriller, Murder Mystery, Police Procedural
A young woman is found brutally murdered inside of a Park.
She dies, in an area, that is surrounded by suspects. But with no apparent motive for her brutal slaying.
Detective Lance Marshall investigates. He has a history of investigating other cops, so he might not expect too much help. Fortunately, he has the help of three other Detectives, who need a break of their own, led by the enigmatic Lindsay Dawn.
A brutal serial killer with a penchant for extravagant murders.
A Police Chief, and a devious Mayor, both hoping that Detective Lance Marshall slips up.
As the murders continue, can Marshall keep the Police Department from falling apart and stop the killer?
She leaned her head past her body, and whispering so that her husband would never hear what she said, ‘Nothing you can do will ever help us unless you kill whoever did this, and even then, what you will find, will help you, and you alone. Our lives have been ruined. Good night.’ She softly closed the door, leaving Lance Marshall on the porch, feeling empty and alone. Lance drove back to the station house, slowly and astutely, feeling every turn of the wheel and noticing every pair of eyes on the street. Marshall compiled a report on the day’s findings and forwarded copies to Lindsay Dawn, Pete Brandt, and Ed Johnson.
What is the final straw before anyone knows what their breaking point is? After reaching that breaking point, what lengths would you go to for a semblance of normalcy? Everything has limits, but how far we push those limits and how creative the mind, really has a bearing on the outcome of that person’s life and death. Kilmartin has an enjoyable serial mystery that is sure to leave the reader hanging up until the last few chapters of the book.
Lance Marshall is the cop who no one likes. Why? Because, Lance Marshall investigates other cops. In this particular case, a woman is murdered in a park with four ways in and four ways out, one of those ways being the police station. Some of the other ways include a church, a medical facility, and a mortuary. With the precision of the stab wounds on the victim’s body, Marshall knows that he is looking at a highly-skilled individual who has surgical, military, or police training. In order to isolate those theories down to one solid lead, he is going to have to become the bad guy again…that’s right, investigating more cops. He has a few decent detectives on his side who want to find the truth and nothing else, but the truth. Lance knows that will come in very handy! When another body is found, the same pattern emerges, but the third body is what blows the murders out of the water. On a race for time—Lance knows that the Chief of Police originally hired him for failure—he must prove to not only himself, but everyone else in the squad that he is highly capable of finding the killer by the book. Even, if the killer may be the very entity that has Lance in the hot seat in the first place.
The first thing that stands out and should be addressed with Marshall Law is the grammatical and spelling issues. While quite poor, this story has the ability to be a great one if the reader can get past this aspect. Unfortunately, the reader shouldn’t have to. We recommend the author allows this story go through one more round of editing and proofreading if he really wants to achieve success with finding more readers. Moving past this recommendation, the characters are a little rough around the edges; however, you definitely get a decent personality descriptiveness about each of the characters within this story. Some of more exuberant and exaggerated than others, but the reader can get the drift on which side each character bats for. No one is perfect and everyone has skeletons in their closet, but whose is the worst, right?! The actual pace of the story carries on in a nice way, but again, the reader may find it difficult to find a continual flow with all of the grammatical and spelling hindrances. If you are a reader of murder mysteries, crime thrillers and police procedure, you may want to read this one. It is unclear whether this will be the first installment in a series called the Metro City Murders, but our assumption would be that this additional series title implies that there will be more cases for Lance Marshall to solve.
An electronic copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Reedsy Discovery and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a three-star rating to Marshall Law by Paul Kilmartin.
Born in the year of 1980, I may as well have had a yellow 2B pencil in my hand, as writing fiction was gifted to me on that very day, along with precious life.
Writing is akin to breathing air or drinking water. Both are good for the soul, but they also have life-giving properties. That’s what writing is to me. It is life-giving.
The neigh-sayers will tell you that writing books are a waste of time. That you need a proper job. Well, I have one of those too, and now nothing can stop me putting pen to paper. I wrote when I didn’t have a job, and I will write when all the work is done.
I hope that I have intrigued you and drawn you from a digital slumber, long enough to invite you to download a book of mine.
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