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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Unholy Retribution: A Murder Mystery/Suspense/Thriller is a hard-boiled police procedural mystery written by George Hopkins. Father Jack Bennis is in a world of hurt after being shot while saying mass. After days spent in Intensive Care, he was finally moved to a semi-private room where his brother, Detective Tom Cavanaugh, and sister-in-law, Francesca, and a host of parishioners, reporters and others came to visit. The bullet had narrowly missed his heart, and he also suffered a punctured lung, so, no matter how restless the former Special Forces officer turned Jesuit priest became, he was still hooked up to more tubes and was in more pain than he cared to think about. When it finally quieted down, he wanted to simply keep his eyes closed and enjoy the solitude, but he soon felt the presence of someone else in the room. Keeping his eyes closed, he wondered what test they were planning to subject him to now; then he felt something heavy land on his lap and noticed a familiar tang in the air.
George Hopkins' hard-boiled police procedural, Unholy Retribution: A Murder Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, brings back Father Jack Bennis and his brother, Detective Tom Cavanaugh, and I was thrilled to see them in action once again. The author provides a whole cast of possible culprits for reader-sleuths, as well introducing Detective Perez, the angry purple-haired detective assigned to the case, who is determined to make the brothers pay for Tom's insensitive treatment of her now deceased sister. Hopkins' characters are authentic and believable, and his plot is both complex and fast-paced. I've read and enjoyed other Bennis/Cavanaugh mysteries in the past and found this one to be every bit as entertaining as its predecessors. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. Unholy Retribution: A Murder Mystery/Suspense/Thriller is most highly recommended.