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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
It's September of 2001 and Allison Taylor has lived in Manhattan for several years. She has worked herself into the fashion industry despite the negative comments of people back in her Midwestern hometown of Centerfield. As she was the daughter of a single drug-addicted mother who commits suicide the citizens never thought she would amount to anything. Two women, Kristina Haines and Marianne Apostolos, are viciously murdered in Allison's apartment complex and Allison could be the next victim. Police detective Rocky Manzillo is assigned to the case. "Hunting down sick bastards - this is Rocky Manzillo's specialty." (p.151). Could the killer be Allison's neighbor, Mack McKenna, who has lost his estranged wife, Carrie, in the World Trade Center attack? Or is it Jerry, the part-time maintenance worker of Allison's apartment building, who always seems to be lurking in the apartment building's hallways?
Author Wendy Corsi Staub has written a first-rate spine-tingling thriller in "Night Watch." Readers will certainly enjoy the twists and turns that lead to an exciting conclusion. Allison, Mack, Rocky, and the victims Kristina and Marianne are totally believable characters as is the killer himself, the psychotic victim of a tragic and horrific event. The story itself takes place in New York City at the same time as the World Trade Center attack of September 11, 2001. That gives "Night Watch" a special place in readers' minds. "Night Watch" has a good plot, a truly demented killer, and lots of other things to offer to thriller readers everywhere.