Detective Fiction by William Wells

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The suspect he fixes on from the beginning turns out not only to be innocent, but to share Jack’s interest in the case. And the who-cares denouement, when it finally arrives, manages to be both perfunctory and overlong.
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A serial killer is on the loose in Naples, Florida, an enclave of wealth and privilege on the Southwest Gulf Coast. At first, the murders have been disguised as accidents, but when Police Chief Wade Hansen becomes suspicious, Mayor Charles Beaumont orders him to apprehend the killer before the truth becomes public knowledge.

Hansen reaches out to retired Chicago homicide detective Jack Starkey. Starkey, who has been shot three times: twice on the job and once in the army, is enjoying every cop's retirement dream, but at the same time, misses the thrill of the hunt, so he accepts the job.

As the bodies stack up like cordwood, Starkey searches for anything that the victims might have in common. He decides to go undercover as a member of the Naples elite in an attempt to get himself noticed by the killer, drawing the attention of Count Vasily Petrovich, who operates a hedge fund named for the Atocha, a Spanish galleon that sank in a hurricane off the Florida Keys in 1622.

When Starkey discovers that all of the victims so far had been investors in that fund, and that the count is not a count at all, but a member of the Russian mafia he suspects that the Atocha Fund might have a substantial penalty for early withdrawal.

Meanwhile, William Stevens, a Chicago Tribune police reporter, has been writing a series of best-selling crime novels based upon his pal Starkey's career. Starkey's alter-ego is Chicago homicide detective Jack Stoney.

Things are not what they seem, plot twists abound, and the bullets begin to fly. Starkey, in desperation, reaches out to the fictional Stoney, to help him catch the killer.
 

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Published January 31, 2016 by The Permanent Press. 224 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Humor & Entertainment, Crime, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Below average
on Nov 05 2015

The suspect he fixes on from the beginning turns out not only to be innocent, but to share Jack’s interest in the case. And the who-cares denouement, when it finally arrives, manages to be both perfunctory and overlong.

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