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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Shot to Pieces is a thrilling work of crime fiction by author Michael O’Keefe. In a story set in the dangerous contemporary world of the NYPD, we follow Detective Padraig Joseph Durr into the not so secret gang world of Brooklyn to investigate a potential homicide. But although the world of the gangs of New York is a perilous one, Durr’s real problems are deep in his own mind. Struggling with the lifelong hardship of being an abused and exploited child, Durr has horrific inner demons which have already cost him his family and his only love. It’s make or break during this case for the detective, ending either in resolution or total destruction.
I absolutely loved this book. The crime plot with the gangs was very well done and interesting to follow; however, the real star of the whole novel is Detective Durr’s inner psyche. I felt so terribly sorry for him and the life he had as a young boy, but it’s also difficult not to pass judgement on the wrongs he’s committed as an adult in terms of his own self destruction. The plot follows a compelling journey of a man on the road to ruin, and as the reader I constantly wanted to pull him back from the brink myself. Michael O’Keefe has created an emotional sensation that keeps readers with their hearts in their throats at every decision Durr makes. Overall, Shot to Pieces will not only please crime fans, but fans of powerfully emotive fiction in general.