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Reviewed by Stefan Vucak for Readers' Favorite
Craig R Key's Iniquitous is a journey into the unusual. Kevin Deidre and his wife Heather had a daughter, Abby, who at age three developed a brain tumor. A few years later, unable to care for her, they placed her in the hospital. A stranger came to see Abby, telling her he would help her, and she disappears. Drew Schweitzer, a former police detective turned private eye, a boozer, meets with the distraught parents and reluctantly takes on the case to find her. Pursuing a tangle of leads that appear unconnected, Drew uncovers instances of other child disappearances, which leads him to a confrontation with a mysterious stranger, Andras, who seems to be behind everything. When Andras reveals his true nature, it leaves Drew devastated, fighting for his very soul.
Iniquitous is a short novel, but Craig R Key manages to pack compelling characters into a tortuous plot worthy of a whodunit thriller. Drew is a fascinating character, but a tortured one, his life in ruins after losing his wife and child. On the verge of giving up the investigation, he remembers his own loss and continues to pursue the case. Hoping to find Abby, he is also hoping to redeem himself and find a measure of inner peace. I was captivated by Craig R Key’s smooth writing style and natural dialogue, and the plot has enough twists and turns that kept my interest. However, when Andras revealed his true nature, I felt the story lost some credibility, but it is something that readers might find intriguing. Iniquitous is definitely a story to curl up in bed with – provided you don’t mind an occasional nightmare. I found Iniquitous an interesting read.