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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
The Staten Island Butcher by George R. Hopkins is a mystery thriller that has all of the right elements to keep it exciting and hard to put down. Father Jack Bennis and his brother, Tom Cavanaugh, are the heroes trying to find the man dubbed The Staten Island Butcher. The Butcher is revealed and we, the readers, are privy to what he is doing to the girls he abducts. Sgt. Malchus Anthony, a homeless veteran, is Jack’s old army friend and the suspected butcher killer. Gretchen Leone is the latest girl taken by the Butcher. Greta Johnson is her grandmother and has enlisted Jack to help in finding her. Each one of these characters plays an important role in the story and contributes to the evil and good of the mystery.
The Staten Island Butcher has many twists and turns and while I knew who was good and who was bad, the chase made it a book that was hard to put down. George R. Hopkins wrote a true mystery thriller and I look forward to reading more of his works and hopefully more adventures of brothers Jack and Tom. I can easily see The Staten Island Butcher as a TV movie and already have my favorite actors in mind for each character. If you enjoy a good whodunit, why and how, then this book is certainly a perfect read for you. I really enjoyed it and recommend it goes on your summer reading list. It is a great book for sitting by the pool or on the porch with a refreshing glass of iced tea.