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A Crimson City Tale
by Joshua M. Phillips
Genre: Crime Fiction
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I received a copy of Bloody Mess from the author in exchange for my honest review and the best way for me to describe it is as a novella of revenge.
Detective Jonathon Saint works the Crimson City beat, a city plagued by a corrupt and lax judicial system, where crime pays and brutality is the spice of life. Det. Saint isn't afraid to rough up his perps and he's an ask questions later kind of guy. His partner and best friend, Det. Jerry Fuentes, isn't quite as dedicated and likes to spend his considerable paycheck as fast as he gets it.
It wasn't hard to see where this story was heading, the author setting up a classic revenge tale early on. I knew as soon as the Detective started talking about his beautiful wife and their record breaking 9 orgasms, that she was going to get whacked and Det. Saint's steadfast religious beliefs weren't going to stop him from getting his revenge.
I'd like to see the book get a good, strong edit, however, as it has a lot of grammar and spelling errors, but what made it sometimes hiccup in the smoothness of the read for me, was the unfortunate lack of possessive cases. Needs more apostrophes, please! =D
I hope the author puts out a second, edited edition. I think it will make it a much stronger read.