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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
The underground sex trade of Manhattan is dealing with a problem that is much worse than the cops; prostitutes are disappearing one by one. An excellent but tired cop from the department of missing persons, Detective Larson, is on the case. However, it seems impossible to do his job. The killer never leaves any bodies, thus it is difficult to get vital clues to put anyone on the suspect list. Time is running out and the police frantically search for any clue at the gritty Meat Packing District.
Gary W. Stout’s Serial Samaritan is undeniably a well-crafted murder mystery fiction. This is an intense novel that invites a second, maybe even a third, reading. His writing style is admirably descriptive while still leaving enough room for the readers’ imagination. Apart from being character driven, the descriptions of the surroundings give you enough sense of place. You could feel the atmosphere of Manhattan itself. Stout’s characters are very believable and the dialogue is spot on. The clever plotting, the good pacing of the story and depth of the characters’ emotions all add up to a compelling read. At 486 pages, it is long enough to keep a bedtime reader imaginatively occupied for a while. If you enjoy thrillers and similar books, then this one is highly recommended.
Without spoiling the ending, I’m confident that my fellow readers will love the twist that Mr. Stout has provided. On the whole, Serial Samaritan is an exciting, page-turning novel for readers to enjoy.