A Sam McKay Novel

Fiction - Thriller - Legal
286 Pages
Reviewed on 12/24/2021
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    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Progeny is a work of fiction in the thriller genre and serves as the latest installment in the Sam McKay series. It is aimed at the mature reading audience and was penned by K. M. Hardy. The book continues the story of Sampson Angus McKay, a detective who is approached by an old friend to help hunt down a long-running serial killer. Together with a team assembled by Chief Humbar to hunt the killer, Sam must take on the most challenging case of his career to date as he chases down one of the most dangerous criminals he has had the misfortune to cross paths with.

A classic tale of cat and mouse kept fresh with engaging character dynamics and a rollercoaster plot filled with twists, turns, and edge-of-your-seat moments, Progeny is a worthy continuation of Sam McKay’s story that expands upon the successful formula of its predecessors. The ensemble team of investigators at Sam’s side is a deeply developed and eclectic bunch with just the right personalities to bounce off each other whilst working but also adding a layer of personal drama to the plot. The subject of the investigation – the serial killer known as the Christmas Angel – is a dark and worthwhile foe who can match Sam and his allies at each turn. K. M. Hardy has done an incredible job of creating a monster whose evil knows no bounds but never strays so far that it feels like a parody. An addictive mystery story, I recommend this book to all.

Keith Mbuya

After receiving a call from his old friend lieutenant Dana Evanston, asking him to get to a crime scene near Chesterville, Chief Anthony Humbar of the Cleveland, Ohio PD obligingly drove to the crime scene only to see the dead body of an allegedly raped and murdered girl. Both Humbar and Dana had worked in the security department sector for quite some time, and they could not help but notice the similarity of details between the dead victim’s body and other previous cases they had handled before; the familiarity of the case terrified them. Humber decides to ask his friend in the FBI department, Sampson McKay, to help him investigate the murder case. Will Humber, Dana, and the FBI team led by Sampson McKay get to the bottom of it all? Get yourself Progeny by K. M. Hardy to discover how it all goes down.

With a tone full of suspense setting off the story, K. M. Hardy gets me on board her plane of imagination and creativity and flies me into a world of fantasy. Progeny has an intriguing plot and the ideas of the plot are aligned consistently, giving the story a beautiful flow. For a crime mystery and investigative story, K. M. Hardy does a great job to give her plot the perfect setting; she uses appropriate words and vocabulary that emphasize the setting of an investigative crime scene. The depictions she gives for her scenes and characters are brilliantly picturesque; they made me feel like I was watching a movie. She makes the book even more interesting with the conversations between her characters. The dialogues were insightful and entertaining. McKay’s heavy Scottish accent made him sound real and I loved this. The characters are awesomely developed, each of them unique. I loved McKay; he is a loving and understanding father, a very open-minded agent with excellent instincts. Progeny is such an amazing read. I loved it.

Jennifer Ibiam

After fifteen years, another body turned up in Ohio under the same circumstances. This body had a poisonous solution injected into her heart with a 16-gauge needle. Her body was cleaned to perfection with a white peony placed on the chest. The cops found the body in winter. This recent development rattled Chief Anthony Humbar of the Cleveland, Ohio PD. The serial killer called Christmas Angel was back! Humbar sought help from his brilliant old friend, Agent McKay, who led the FBI Special Investigative Task Force. Together with the team, the hunt began. But, every lead was a dead end as the serial killer left not a speck of dust behind. When Christmas Angel turned their attention on McKay’s family, it became a race against time. Would McKay stop this killer? Is there a perfect crime? Find out in Progeny by K.M. Hardy.

Progeny by K.M. Hardy is a masterpiece! I was most impressed with this novel from the first word until Hardy dumped me at a cliffhanger. The plot was so brilliant that I wondered how the author’s mind worked. The storyline and character development were so realistic and excellent that I developed a grudging respect for even the villains. I also loved the stylish writing that made this fast-paced story a smooth ride. Sam was the star of this novel, but my stars were Simon and Copper. I didn’t know which was faster between Simon’s brain and fingers. He was reliable. Copper’s quiet strength and the ability to unnerve the meanest persons awed me. Varnce was correct in mistaking Sam for an Irishman because I also thought he had an Irish temper. I cannot wait for Sam’s team to return!