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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.