This week, we take a look at a more modern detective novel, that’s actually set in my backyard, the Treasure Valley.
In D.R.T. (Dead Right There) by Ray Ellis, a serial killer targets registered sex offenders living in the Treasure Valley. The killer has a list of victims and a deadline to get his killing done. Detective Nate Richards is assigned to the case and when he and his partner thwart the killer’s first attempt on the only female on the list, the killer becomes desperate to finish the job and the list.
Ellis is a police veteran and gives D.R.T. a sense of authenticity. At the same time, D.R.T. is a well-crafted and suspenseful story. While, the identity of the killer is revealed early, Ellis introduces two other characters that kept me guessing as to what their role in this is.
The nature of the crimes at the heart of DRT are emotionally charged as we’re dealing with the perpetrators of horrendous crimes against children. Ellis avoids extremes and handles this aspect of the story with great sensitivity.
In addition to the crime story, Richards personal life provides a well-developed subplot as he deals with the return of his love interest from the first novel after a year and a half of her not contacting him.
Overall, the novel is a well-done and suspenseful story that captures both the ups and downs of a policeman’s life, but also the attention of readers.
Rating: 4.5 stars
D.R.T. is available as an ebook in Amazon Kindle Store and also for the Nook. The book is published by Stonehouse Ink.
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