Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Darkness-Jason Pinter

The Darkness
Jason Pinter
Mira, Dec 2009, $7.99
ISBN: 9780778326717

New York Gazette reporter Henry Parker encouraged by Jack O’Donnell investigates the murder of the former’s previously unknown half-brother Stephen Gaines by apparently the drug kingpin The Fury. After confronting Henry’s dad re a sibling he never knew existed until just before the homeless Stephen’s death (see The Fury), the journalists seek to identify the Fury though no one seems to know who he is as they walk the mean streets of Manhattan seeking clues.

Their first lead is the crushed body of a victim found with bones plummeted to almost fine sand floating in the East River. The Fury is sending a warning to those seeking to destroy him and his empire. However, the corpse fails to deter Henry from his quest as he follows up with whatever leads the deceased left behind when his skeleton was whole.

The latest Henry Parker investigation (see THE STOLEN, THE MARK and GUILTY) is a terrific suspense laden thriller with the personal twist adding depth to the hero who obsesses over the destruction of the Fury. The super story line is fast-paced from the recovery of the broken body but must be read after perusing THE FURY, the first half of a duology.

Harriet Klausner