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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.