Four out of Five Stars! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that is interested in policed investigations, crime novels, and detective fiction.
I had a lot of fun reading the book, as I interjected myself into the story as lead detective. Unfortunately, I didn't really connect with Bonnie, the actual lead detective in THE DEATH OF ANYONE. While overall I would give this novel more than three stars, but slightly less than four, I was a little annoyed with the way everyone was falling all over themselves with admiration for Bonnie. Personally, I didn't think she was that admirable, or particularly clever. And I thought some of the dialogue between Bonnie and her cohorts was childish, in a teenage boy sort of way.
All in all though, I did enjoy this book. I really appreciated the use of real detective work and procedures, and the hint of something new on the horizon in the way of Familial DNA. I know I will keep my eyes and ears open for more information on and use of Familial DNA evidence.
Please don't forget to check out DJ's guest post from February 27th. It's pretty fascinating stuff!
About the Author:
DJ Swykert is a former 911 operator writing and living in the Cincinnati area. He is a pretty fair Cajun cook, has his own secret Cajun spice which he generously uses in his Etouffee and on almost everything else. In one of his novels, The Pool Boy's Beatitude, the main protagonist, Jack Joseph, is a physicist, but also an aficionado of Cajun cuisine.
DJ's work has appeared in The Tampa Review, Detroit News, Coe Review, Monarch Review, the Newer York, Lunch Ticket, Gravel, Zodiac Review, Barbaric Yawp and Bull. His books include Children of the Enemy, Maggie Elizabeth Harrington, Alpha Wolves, The Pool Boy’s Beatitude, Sweat Street, Justice in the Street, Nude Swimming and The Death of Anyone. You can read a sample chapter from the books on my website or Amazon.