Best New Crime Thrillers Of 2023 Reviewed By Bookviral

"A classic slice of intrigue, suspense and stylistic verve!"

  • ASIN: ‎ B0BSG42JH1
  • Publisher: ‎ World Castle Publishing, LLC (June 20, 2023)
  • Publication date: ‎ June 20, 2023
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 191 pages
  • Genre:  Crime Thrillers

The BookViral Review:

Polished and engrossing, ‘Lethal Connections: The Poison ID Unit delivers in every way a crime thriller should with a novel that gives its readers a classic slice of intrigue, suspense and stylistic verve.

A novel that manages to be atmospherically rich while also satisfying the slash-crash imperatives of the crime thriller genre Lethal Connections is set in New Orleans, the most mysterious of American cities. A city where you get the feeling you’ll never really know what goes on in its shadowy enclaves.

The writing is top notch and there are more than enough unexpected plot twists to keep the attention of readers throughout as authors Erik Daniel Shein, Melissa Davis and Karen Fuller pull their readers into the ensuing drama, but they’re not quick to give anything away. Keeping their readers involved and “in the moment” until the final chapter has come to a conclusion.

Lethal Connections is one of those novels where you turn the last page only to find yourself re-running the plot in your head, re-interpreting the early scenes in terms of the final shocking revelations.

Shein, Davis and Fuller never allow conventional plot contrivances to spoil the fun and on this level, it’s an exuberant exercise in style which they clearly had a lot of fun writing. But the strength of Lethal Connections doesn’t reside in its plot alone and in Sergeant Lance Knight and Coroner Gina Goodwin its authors give us characters so interesting that they make other genre characters seem like cardboard cut-outs.

Knight and Goodwin are the key to keeping ‘Lethal Connections’ from becoming just another genre crime thriller with Shein, Davis and Fuller quick to bring them to life by capturing little quirks in typical conversation, spontaneous explicit declaratives and a good smattering of wit!

Tight, focused scenes create a sense of realism that draws the reader into the story as Knight struggles to make sense of the clues he unravels. Exploring the dark and foreboding rituals of voodoo to end with the obligatory scene of climactic violence that is required in all crime thrillers and one that is superbly handled.

Generating the kind of edge-of-your-seat intrigue that keeps one glued to the words and the pages turning Lethal Connections proves a first-class read and is unreservedly recommended.

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