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Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna for Readers' Favorite
Doug Richardson's Reaper: A Lucky Dey thriller is an explosive and action-packed look at the chaos that ensues when a dauntless police officer tries to get justice for a murder no one wants to care about. Now a training officer, Dey must juggle multiple new responsibilities while pursuing a cause that will take him way beyond the confines of the law.
Action-packed thrillers rarely work without a protagonist that can capture the reader's attention. Well, Lucky Dey definitely fits the bill. Less a man and more a force of nature, Lucky Dey can easily go from hero to villain in less than 60 sentences, yet his character still essentially remains the same. He doesn't change, it is only through the perspectives of those around him – his colleagues, his family, his friends and his superiors – that the reader gets to label him as either a good guy doing bad things, or a bad guy who just happens to wear a badge. Indeed, I find myself fascinated with how Doug Richardson successfully portrays both villains and protagonists as morally grey. Writers are supposed to be astute observers of humanity and Richardson exemplifies this by writing his characters not simply as requisite story props, but as multi-faceted beings capable of doing both altruistic deeds and objectionable acts.
Reaper is an action thriller that delivers the necessary violence, suspense and gritty dialogue common to all novels in this genre. It is in the almost-flawless execution, the writing and the pacing, as well as in the effort given in crafting each and every character, scene and line of dialogue, that Doug Richardson's Reaper stands out from the other novels in this crowded genre.