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Sound of Fear: A Suspense Mystery Novel: Alma, Book 1 is a police procedural thriller novel written by Levi Fuller. Instead of finding his caseload and the intensity of his work lessened by his move from Nashville, Tennessee to the small town of Marmet in West Virginia’s Kanawha County, Detective Mark Decleor was finding plenty of work for him and his protegee, Junior Detective Violet Turner. The latest victim, Ellis Cadeen, a dad who had lived a quiet and trouble-free life until now, had died of suffocation. Violet informed Mark that preliminary findings indicated he had been buried alive. Unbeknownst to either of them, the killer walked among them and was chuckling inwardly at their failure to appreciate the artistry of the kill; at Decleor’s inability to find the link that connected two decades-worth of kills which had traveled most recently from Nashville to Marmet. The killer was among them, and no one except for the killer’s beloved was truly safe.
Levi Fuller’s Sound of Fear follows Mark as the Kanawha County police try to stop a serial killer who revels in causing the victims excruciating fear before they die. This psychological thriller is especially powerful precisely because of the sadistic delight taken by the killer and the irony of the killer being in on every investigation undertaken by the Violent Crimes Bureau in Marmet, West Virginia. Fuller’s characters are fully dimensional, and one can’t help but worry about them considering their proximity to one of the most vicious and cruel fictional villains I’ve come across yet. The plot is thick with tension and grabs the reader tightly, not letting go until the book is finished, and the police procedural aspects of the story are spot-on. Sound of Fear: A Suspense Mystery Novel: Alma, Book 1 is highly recommended.