Midwest Book Review – Plenty of ‘whodunnit’ mysteries revolve around locating the perp. The majority feature the investigator’s viewpoint and readers either know the identity of the killer or follow the leader in uncovering it.
True to its intriguing title, however, Am I The Killer? offers up a different perspective: one in which the first-person protagonist admits he could be the killer – but really doesn’t know if he’s guilty or not. Thus spins a yarn of not just discovery but self-discovery as an ex-soldier with memory issues faces the possibility that he could have beaten to death a guy he never liked.
Peter’s always tried to do the right thing, but life has dealt him some hard blows and it seems that no matter how much he tries, his choices just lead to trouble. Now he’s in the biggest trouble of all – and this saga begins with his arrest and works backward and forward in recounting the circumstances that led to and from this point. The big question is: what’s he going to do now?
The answer involves a quest to remember; one which moves through drug treatments, memory tests, and Peter’s dreams and revelations to lend clues about who he really is: “Vinny trudged up the stairs just when Billy Wyatt got slammed on the head. Was I dreaming or in another trance? This time the episode was really vivid. Details of Wyatt’s house were exactly as they were. It felt so real that I began to panic. It couldn’t be a dream, could it? Holy shit, was it really me who hit him? I struggled to pull off my sweat-soaked shirt, and I hit the ground with a thud.”
Witch hunts, police seizures, closed cases, open hearts: as events swirl around Peter’s struggle to discover himself, readers are treated to a vivid series of insights surrounding evidence and puzzles.
“Sometimes you solve a case but never know what actually happened.” The juxtaposition of Peter’s first-person world with a third-person investigator’s efforts creates a satisfyingly multi-faceted, well-rounded story that grabs readers from the first few paragraphs and doesn’t let go until its unexpected end.
California Book Watch – Readers of detective fiction will find the psychological depth and detail of Am I The Killer? simply sterling.
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A smuggler stays one heart pounding step ahead of the law until he’s forced to choose between life behind bars or certain death for betraying his ruthless boss.
As the 1970’s melt into the 80’s, Staten Island is loaded with gangsters and wannabes and it’s where Tommy, a world-class schemer, smuggles to earn the money he squanders. The Italian gang he’s with joins forces with a ruthless Russian, who takes command, enlarging the enterprise. The expansion catches the attention of an ambitious DA, who is about to run for Mayor and despite the intensifying heat, the gang ups the stakes. The DA, embarrassed by botched opportunities to lock up the Russian, obsessively pursues a way to shut down their activities, amping up the risk and tension.
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