The Man in the Leather Jacket

Predator Games (Volume 1)

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
216 Pages
Reviewed on 05/03/2017
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Author Biography

Peter E. Boroch is a former Marine, husband and proud father. He is the author of the science fiction/military series 'Gothic Opera' and the hard-boiled/mystery book 'The Man in the Leather Jacket: Predator Games.' Peter studied art at Calhoun College and writing at American Military University. Peter is always eager to speak with fans and interact with fellow authors. In his free time, Peter enjoys spending time with his family, reading comics, drawing, writing, killing aliens on his Xbox, and working on the next great American novel!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

The Man in the Leather Jacket: Predator Games, Volume 1 is a hard-boiled private investigator novel written by Peter E. Boroch. There’s a serial killer on the loose in Cheyenne, Colorado, and Gary Suthers was on his way home from work, listening to the radio as the announcer cautioned people to stay at home at night, which was when the Sandman’s three victims had been attacked. Gary sighed as he had to stop at a railroad crossing when the crossing arms began to lower, and the lights flashed warning of an oncoming train. He watched as two homeless men were keeping warm by the burn can that was blazing. A policeman pulled up behind him and asked Gary how long he had been waiting. Then his attention was drawn to the two men by the fire. Gary watched as the policeman approached them and seemed to be appreciating their source of warmth. Gary was stunned when he saw the policeman pick up a glass bottle and throw it at the passing train cars, then pick up another and invite one of the men to follow suit. It made Gary feel good somehow to see a policeman act like a human being, and he began to text his sister with the anecdote, but then something awful happened. The policeman threw one of the homeless men into the path of the train and pumped two rounds into his fleeing partner. Gary knew he had to get out of there right away, but the cop was too fast for him.

Peter E. Boroch’s hard-boiled private investigator novel, The Man in the Leather Jacket: Predator Games, Volume 1, is a dark homage to the generations of tough, anti-hero detectives of the forties and fifties. Ryan Porter is a private investigator who is haunted by demons from his tours of duty as a Marine. His world revolves around strip joints, and some of his clientele would be considered dodgy at best, but somehow the humanity of Boroch’s noir detective comes into focus as he takes on the case of the missing Suthers for his worried sister. The Man in the Leather Jacket: Predator Games, Volume 1 is a violent novel filled with harsh images and a brutal and sadistic killer, and, while not normally my forte, I found myself wanting to know more about this detective and the young woman whose unofficial guardian he becomes. Boroch’s character studies are first-rate, and his plot is original and compelling. The Man in the Leather Jacket: Predator Games, Volume 1 is not for the faint of heart, which is something hard-boiled detective fans will probably be quite pleased about. It’s highly recommended.

Ann Neville

The Man in the Leather Jacket by Peter E Boroch is a hard-boiled mystery novel that follows Marine veteran and internet licensed detective, Ryan Porter, as he tracks down 'The Sandman.' The Sandman is a predator who stalks the night, killing and abducting the residents of Cheyenne, Colorado. Following the disappearance of her brother, Gary, Emily Suthers hires Porter, who is forced into an unlikely partnership with a waitress from the local strip club, fourteen-year-old, Mindy Miller. The deeper they dive into the case, the more they must rely on one another’s skills. With Porter’s volatile behavior and Mindy’s detective-smart and internet knowledge combined, can they stay alive long enough to outwit The Sandman and rescue Gary?

In The Man in the Leather Jacket, Peter E Boroch's experience as a military-fiction/fantasy writer is evident. He has managed to create an exciting drama full of tension and conflict. While the characters of Porter and Mindy stretched the imagination, the action and suspense of the plot more than compensated for that. The pace of the novel is great and I found the plot so gripping I couldn't put the book down till I had finished it. Right to the last chapter I was biting my nails, wondering what the final outcome would be. A word of warning - the novel contains explicit language, sexual situations, and graphic violence. The Man in the Leather Jacket is well written and, if you like crime novels involving innovative and hard hitting sleuths, I recommend this book.

Romuald Dzemo

The Man in the Leather Jacket is the first installment in the Predator Games series by Peter E Boroch, a captivating blend of thriller and mystery, with powerful literary elements that will have the reader’s eyes glued to the pages. The inhabitants of Cheyenne, Colorado, are living in terror because of a killer who abducts and kills indiscriminately, the man the media has nicknamed “The Sandman.” Ryan Porter is the detective in charge of the investigation, and his unusual connection with a waitress from a strip club could help solve the case; the only problem is that the unlikely pair could get themselves into far more problems even before the case is solved.

Evans, Porter, Mindy Miller, and Gary are among the compelling and well-developed characters that readers will love to follow. The Man in the Leather Jacket is a captivating mystery with a very cunning serial killer who lurks in the dark, sowing terror with horrible acts. The plot is gripping, constructed to make the reader get the disturbing feeling that something could happen at any time and to anyone, and this feeling will make the reader look ahead with interest and anticipation at what could possibly go wrong. Peter E Boroch has woven powerful themes into the fabric of the plot, including murder and mystery, love and passion, and police investigation. There are graphic scenes that could be disturbing to the faint of heart and sex scenes as well. This is an excellent piece of entertainment and Peter E Boroch has a unique storytelling gift and a skill for creating memorable characters that fit into the conflict that moves the plot.