Well then, this is the interweb’s only locale (as of this writing) to make that dream come true!*
For shame! The Crossover Show has been heralded by
dozens HM and I as occasionally flirting with relevance. This week, we move beyond flirting and plant a big wet one right on Sean Lynch’s purdy mouth.
That may have come out wrong.
At any rate, I was able to get my hands on an early release copy of Wounded Prey because, well, let’s face it, MC knows people. Truth be told, I ran into Sean Lynch on a detail a few weeks back and I’m a shameless, self-promoting whore, so when the conversation ran into writing, we found a mutual appreciation and he offered me a copy of his latest novel, Wounded Prey.
Here is my review:
Let’s start with the book description:
“It’s time to finish what he started…”
A young girl is snatched in broad daylight from outside her school and later found brutally murdered and hanging from a tree.
When recently retired San Francisco Police Inspector, Bob Farrell, sees this on the news, he realises his worst nightmare has just come true. The same brutal killer a government agency stopped him from putting away twenty years before is once more on the loose.
As the killer wreaks a trail of blood and destruction across North America, Bob Farrell teams up with rookie cop Kevin Kearns and sets out to track down their lethal prey.
Sounds riveting, right? Well, it was. The book takes place in the late 80’s (about the time Lynch originally wrote the book), so today’s tech wasn’t available to the novel’s intrepid heroes. If you like old-school policing, you’ll love Wounded Prey. In reading the novel, as well as other reviews, I’ve seen the term “visceral” bandied about quite a bit in reference to this story. You’d be hard pressed to find a more apt and succinct description. If you are overly sensitive to descriptive violence perpetrated on the young and innocent, this may not be for you.
Lynch has drawn from his three decades of experience in law enforcement (a number of those years spent in the Juvenile and Sex Crimes division) to create one evil son of a bitch in the books antagonist, Vernon Emil Slocum.
This cat is one mean motor scooter.
One of the approaches that sets Wounded Prey apart is the identity of the baddie is thrown at you within the first dozen pages. This isn’t a whodunnit. This is a straight up good guys (retired SFPD Inspector Bob Farrell and rookie Iowa Deputy Kevin Kearns) are hunting down the bad guy…with not a lot of focus on the usual “hook/book” approach to law enforcement. The good guys are looking to put Slocum down like a rabid dog…and society would be better off for it.
Overall, I very much enjoyed Wounded Prey and I eagerly anticipate the next iteration of Farrell & Kearns. Wounded Prey was no ham-fisted attempt at supercop-dom or another attempt by a former cop to “finally get that book written”. There is a Wambaugh authenticity in Lynch’s work that lends credibility to a horrific story without making the reader feel pandered to.
I give Wounded Prey four Motor Boots out of five.***
And now to the best part…the giveaway! Lynch has gracefully offered the opportunity to provide a signed copy of Wounded Prey to one of my readers. Below, you will see a giveaway widget with a number of ways to enter. The more of those steps you take, the more your name gets entered into the hopper! The giveaway is active from June 24th through July 1st.
You can get a huge bonus if you comment on this post as well! So, to encourage that, here’s a question:
Who is your favorite author?
Good luck, all!
*Wild assumptions are the sole property of MCPD**
**I have no idea what that means
***That is a completely made up scale that means absolutely freaking nothing, but I figured you’d expect some kind of rating scale, right?