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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Percentages of Guilt is a work of fiction in the thriller, suspense, and mystery sub-genres, and was penned by author Michael Niemann. Part of the Valentin Vermeulen Thriller collection of books, we find ourselves once again alongside the intrepid Vermeulen as a new case falls into his lap, but this time he’s the suspect, not the investigator. Following the events of No Right Way, Vermeulen quickly realizes he’s being forced to shoulder the blame for an old accusation, and that there’s more than one person out for revenge. What follows is a tense interplay with many clever twists set against the backdrop of historic and cultural Antwerp.
Author Michael Niemann has crafted another excellent thriller in this intriguing crime mystery series, and this one may be my favorite of those I’ve had the pleasure to review. One of the things which I really admired about this work was the depth of character that we get from Valentin himself, exploring facets of his character, his style of investigation, and his attitude that surely have always intrigued readers. From the angle of the accused, we get an emotive kind of tension in every moment of the mystery and conspiracy as Valentin tries to get out of the ever-enclosing trap. This, alongside the vivid atmosphere, compelling dialogue, and well-strung plot threads, makes for some addictive reading from start to finish. Overall, I would certainly recommend Percentages of Guilt to fans of the existing series, and those readers seeking to discover a new and very talented thriller writer.