Saturday, December 1, 2012

Fatal Decree-H. Terrell Griffin

Fatal Decree

H. Terrell Griffin

Oceanview, Jan 15 2013, $25.95

ISBN 9781608090709

Longboat Key, Florida’s only cop Jennifer Diane “J.D.” Duncan asks her lover retired lawyer Matt Royal to help her with a case that brings out repressed memories. When Duncan worked at Miami PD a dozen years ago, she failed to find the Whale Tail serial killer who executed his middle aged female victims with a bullet to the head and found bound to a tree. Her current investigation deals with the death of a stranger eerily similar to those earlier victims as she has a whale tail earing on her left ear.

Matt and J.D. investigate the homicide and finds the victim has government ties, but fails to answer why here and whether the killer returned or a copycat emerged. However, the inquiry spins weirdly when Guatemalan gangbangers attempt to kill Matt and J.D. Further complicating the murder mystery is Matt's best friend Jock Algren is directed to eliminate the killer as he works for that same agency the deceased worked at.

The latest Matt Royal whodunit (see Collateral Damage) is an engaging investigative thriller. The whodunit is interesting because each new clue convolutes the case but not as much as Matt’s fears that J.D. soon will leave the Key to return to the big city. Fans will enjoy the competing hunts for a killer.

Harriet Klausner

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