The Front Range Butcher

A Jarvis Mann Private Detective HardBoiled Mystery Novel (Jarvis Mann Detective Book 7)

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
405 Pages
Reviewed on 01/08/2019
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Author Biography

Award-winning Author R Weir lives in the Mile-High City with his family, where the Rocky Mountain High isn't always achieved with an herbal substance. When not glued to the computer, he relaxes by enjoying the outdoors and traveling in his motorhome. His writing delves into genres with gritty investigators exploring mystery, crime, suspense, and thrills, with involved plots and unexpected twists. Featuring former US Marshal Hunter Divine, a dire, determined man searching for salvation in his broken life. While private eye Jarvis Mann is tough and snarky, with as many faults as virtues. Characters exhibiting traces of his sense of humor, though he’s not nearly as tough and fearless. Though no evil stands a chance against his written word!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite

Jarvis Mann is an old-fashioned private eye facing today’s world of murder and bedlam. A twenty-two-year-old horrific serial killer case has resurfaced and Jarvis is hired to find the new “Butcher” and discover what the relationship is to the old one. Jarvis is being kept busy on other cases too and he faces death, bodily harm and threats to his loved ones before the cases can be closed. Jarvis matches wits with the now wheelchair-bound Simon Lions, whom some believe is the original Front Range Butcher, hoping to find clues and dig deeper into the mystery. Jonas, Doris and FBI agent Alegre are there to offer both opposition and support; Belinda and her son Darren for secrets and information. April is a member of the Colorado Police Department and Jarvis’ love interest. Melissa is studying to be a lawyer, and the old love interest that still has a very special place in the heart of Jarvis. All of these factors combine to create a mysterious sleuth story that is hard to beat. It is a 'must read for yourself' kind of book that you don’t want spoiled by any pre-knowledge.

The Front Range Butcher by Randy Weir will keep you reading and unable to stop. I have read many mystery/sleuth/detective stories but this is the best one in a very, very long time. While there is some strong language (not very much) and sex, it is done tastefully and without details. The Front Range Butcher is a true example of a thriller with all of the twists, turns and psychological surprises very well presented. Just when I was sure that I knew the ending, there was a surprising twist and turn, and I was back to not having a clue. Randy Weir has written six previous Jarvis Mann Detective Mystery novels. I have not read any of them but it in no way affected my enjoyment of book number 7. It is my intention, however, to go back and read them, just because Weir is that good a writer. The Front Range Butcher is a winner; do not pass it up.