Heart of a Killer's a Real Thriller

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It’s always fun to find a new author of mystery and crime novels – my favorite genre. I’ve got a lot of favorite authors, including Maine’s own Gerry Boyle, and have been working my way through some of the older novelists like Ed McBain and John MacDonald.

My favorite modern-day (still living) novelists like Michael Connelly just don’t turn out enough books to keep me engaged, so I’m always looking for new authors. But I was puzzled when I received, unsolicited, David Rosenfelt’s new novel, Heart of a Killer, from the publisher, Minotaur Books.

So I flipped to the back flap to see who Rosenfelt is. Bingo! Here’s what I read: “He and his wife recently moved to Maine with the twenty seven golden retrievers they have rescued and rehabilitated over the years.”

I’m on the list of several book publishers to receive and review books by Maine authors or about Maine. Anyone smart enough to move to Maine, and who loves Golden Retrievers (probably the best dog you can own, although labs are great too), gets my attention.

I also learned that Rosenfelt is an Edgar and Shamus Award-nominated author of nine Andy Carpenter novels including most recently One Dog Night, and three previous stand-alone novels. Can’t believe I’ve missed this guy!

The good news: Now I’ve got a dozen Rosenfelt novels to read! Because Heart of a Killer was fantastic and I want more!

I started the novel one night – then put my work aside to read all the rest of it the following afternoon. Just couldn’t stop. Finished just before Linda got home from her first-grade classroom at 5 pm. Hardly took a breath all afternoon.

Heart of a Killer is written in the first person, a technique I enjoy. The main character, lawyer Jamie Wagner, is witty and winning. Great dialogue (something I really love), interesting characters, a compelling plot – and an emotional finish – make this a book I can highly recommend.

The heart of the novel involves a woman in prison who wants to die so her heart can go to her 13-year-old daughter, desperately in need of a heart transplant. As if that isn’t enough of a plot, someone is taking over airplanes, trains, and even nuclear plants, through their computer systems, and holding the entire country ransom.

I’m not going to tell you anything more about the plot, because I hate tell-all reviews. I can tell you I’m on my way to the Mount Vernon library to see if we’ve got any more Rosenfelt novels. The winter just got shorter!

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