Fatal Decree by H. Terrell Griffin
A Matt Royal Mystery

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Fatal Decree is an action packed, relentlessly paced thriller with the added bonus of authentic sounding characters mixing with the sounds and smells of southwest Florida.
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When a serial killer shows up on Longboat Key, Florida after a twelve year absence, Matt Royal is stymied. The first woman killed on Longboat Key has ties to a secretive government agency for which Matt's best friend Jock Algren works. Was this a coincidence or was she a targeted kill? Matt's friend, Longboat Key detective Jennifer Diane (J.D.) Duncan investigates the murders but also seems to be a target of the killer. Why? And where has the killer been for the past twelve years? And why has he come to Longboat Key when his earlier kills were all in Miami? The mystery deepens when Guatemalan gang-bangers try to kill Matt and J.D. and suspicions grow that Mexican drug cartels are somehow involved. The director of Jock's agency orders him to do whatever is necessary to find the killer because of the death of the woman with connections to the agency. Will Jock simply take out the murderer or allow J.D. and the law to arrest, try and convict the bad guys? Matt's life is further complicated by J.D.'s growing dissatisfaction with island living and her thoughts of returning to Miami.
 

About H. Terrell Griffin

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Award-winning novelist H. Terrell Griffin is a board-certified trail lawyer who practicedin Orlando for thirty-eight years. He and his wife, Jean, divide their time betweenLongboat Key, Florida, and Maitland, Florida. Griffin is also the author ofWyatt's Revenge Blood Island, Murder Key, and Longboat Blues.
 
Published January 15, 2013 by Oceanview Publishing. 340 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Sam Millar on Jan 15 2013

Fatal Decree is an action packed, relentlessly paced thriller with the added bonus of authentic sounding characters mixing with the sounds and smells of southwest Florida.

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Reviewed by David Marshall on Sep 16 2013

So the conclusion is a slightly better than average thriller using stock characters in a situation that grows slightly less than credible towards the end.

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