Bone Thief


Fiction - Crime
332 Pages
Reviewed on 11/04/2020
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Reviewed by Clabe Polk for Readers' Favorite

In Bone Thief, NYPD Homicide Lieutenant John Driscoll is a man with a tragic past. He struggles daily to overcome his sense of guilt and obligation to a wife consigned to a coma by the traffic accident that killed his teenage daughter. Sergeant Margaret Aligante works for Driscoll. A woman also beset by tragedy, Aligante is beginning to have feelings for her boss, but his obligations to his wife, and his guilt, frustrate her. Detective Cedric Thomlinson also works with Driscoll but fights a daily battle with alcohol abuse. Together, they are racing the clock as well as public and political pressure to find and stop a psychopath, Colm Pierce, who is killing women and removing their bones, hands, and feet.

Bone Thief by Thomas O’Callaghan is a well-written, first-class police procedural novel with exceptionally well-developed characters and action. I empathized with Driscoll’s emotional situation and liked his loyalty and determination, but felt bad for Aligante and Thomlinson, and sadness for Pierce’s innocent victims. Mr. O’Callaghan uses fine detail, together with his knowledge of New York’s streets and businesses, making readers feel like they are part of the action, but the detail complements rather than distracts from the story. Originally published in 2006, the story contains many references to businesses and internet services by name, many of which have changed, thereby dating an otherwise timeless storyline. I found this to be a distraction rather than a fatal flaw. I found Bone Thief to be an exceptional thriller, well-written by a knowledgeable author.