Saturday, June 4, 2011

Love Dies-Timothy Sheard

Love Dies
Timothy Sheard
Hard Ball Press, Apr 29 2011, $15.00
ISBN: 9780981451855

Rejected wannabe author Alex Germaine is an ambulance chaser of sorts. Alex hangs around divorce courts seeking special angry amoral clients; of which he seems to have plenty of choices. He offers those he deems wealthy and worthy of his services a chance to eliminate their odious mate via an “accident” for a fee of cash “collected” at slot machines in Atlantic City casinos so there will be no money trail to follow.

Since 9/11, Doctor Nicholas Andreas has studied death. Obsessed he diligently reads the obituary column every day; a section ne never looked at before the collapse of the Towers. However, Nicholas begins noticing an odd trend of accidental deaths to many wealthy people obtaining a divorce. Nicholas discusses it with his friend Stanley, a former Brooklyn cop on disability retirement with respiratory problems since he volunteered to work the residue of the Twin Towers collapse.

This is an exciting thriller starring an intriguing doctor, an ailing first responder and a for hire mercenary killer. Each in his way is different but all are obsessed over something. Action-packed as the streets of New York serve as the backdrop, fans will enjoy this entertaining mystery with an amusing lampooning of the book publishing industry to lighten the dark story line of what happens when literally Love Dies.

Harriet Klausner

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