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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
To Hell with Johnny Manic is a work of psychological mystery and crime fiction penned by author Andrew Diamond. Filled with high octane suspense, chemistry, action, intrigue, and deception, we find ourselves focused on the dangerous and powerful pairing of John Manis (the Johnny Manic of the novel’s title) and the beautiful Marilyn Dupree. Intuitive detective Lou Eisenfall has a bad feeling about these two volatile spirits coming together, particularly since Johnny’s wild lifestyle implies there’s a lot of darkness going on under the surface. What results is a powerful and engaging mystery that changes gear at every turn, charging towards a dangerous and disastrous conclusion for everyone involved.
The pacing of this tale is really excellent as it stops readers from ever getting bogged down in long discussions or overly-detailed moments that don’t have any relevance later. Author Andrew Diamond has created a tight and condensed mystery which is all killer, no filler: a gripping read that will keep you in your seat from cover to cover. The development of Johnny and Marilyn presents a glamorous façade which is then broken down to the gritty, human truth beyond their first appearances. Detective Lou Eisenfall keeps a balance and realism in the story even when some of the sudden plot twists knock the detective and the audience off-kilter. Overall, To Hell with Johnny Manic is a quick read crime novel with splashes of the traditional crime greats, but holds to a modern pace and a sensational feel that is sure to please genre fans everywhere.