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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
This is the first in the Washington D.C based Laura Wolfe mystery thriller series and it promises great things to come from the author. Laura Wolfe is a reporter who does the crime beat assignments for the Washington Daily Star. Laura is pregnant and rather than stay home and off her feet as she is advised, she is aggressive and goes after stories for the inside lead. A member of the Vice President's staff have been brutally murdered and her unborn child ripped from her body. Another woman was similarly murdered just days before the staffer, Janet Rausch, and the Metropolitan Police Department fear a serial killer is on the loose in D.C.
Laura teams up with close friend African-American Max Walsh, who heads the Homicide division of the Metropolitan Police Department, to take a closer look at this case. All signs in this case point to Vice President Grayson and his twin sister Frankie who have engaged in sexual encounters first with staff members and then with women provided by Grayson's friendship with a man by the name of Manchester who is known for corruption. Another woman is murdered in the same brutal fashion as Janet Rausch and then the black van driven by the murderer is found by the police, now working with the FBI and Secret Service. Laura will not give up ferreting out the truth about the Graysons and the killer, but will her search end in her death?
Keith Donaldson has written a riveting, well-edited beginning in his series featuring aggressive, appealing reporter Laura Wolfe. The formatting is brilliant, making use of short chapters, sometimes only one page in length. More applause is due for the formatting in the use of newspaper print behind each chapter heading. Characters are delineated nicely, even to the highly-sexed Vice President, and the reader will be totally shocked at who the killer actually is! "Death of an Intern" uses great suspense throughout the entire story and the plot flows nicely to the book's end.