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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Familiar Compound Trickster: Eliot Ness's Most Dangerous Enemy by Kenneth Tucker is more than your run-of-the-mill blend of murder and mystery, an intoxicating story with a powerful historical setting and very compelling characters. After his crackdown on Al Capone, Eliot Ness becomes the Director of Public Safety for Cleveland and his fight against crime scores great successes, until a serial killer comes into the game, one who might be his nightmare. Mutilated bodies with parts scattered in specific places become the talk of the city. Ness is under pressure to catch the killer before he strikes again. But when he starts suspecting Gaylord Sundheim, a physician and an alcoholic. for the murders, Ness faces another problem: there is a copycat. Can he gather enough evidence to nail the killer and the copycat?
Kenneth Tucker’s riveting story has strong historical references and a plot that transforms it into a page-turner. The story is well-imagined and crafted to keep the reader intrigued and emotionally involved. I enjoyed the red herrings, the biting suspense, and the gritty investigation. Readers can feel their pulse rising as the tension mounts with the increasing number of murders. The characters are well-developed and readers can easily sympathize with the protagonist. The Familiar Compound Trickster: Eliot Ness's Most Dangerous Enemy is one of those rare stories that combine a variety of genres — thriller, mystery, and murder — to offer entertainment to a wider audience. The writing leaps off the pages beautifully, highly descriptive and featuring plot-driven and character-enhancing dialogues. I found a lot of entertainment reading this gripping story.