By: Susan Fleet
Publisher: Music & Mayhem Press
Publication Date: October 15, 2022
Reviewed by: Dianne Woodman
Review Date: October 4, 2022
Guilty by Susan Fleet is the eleventh book in the Frank Renzi Crime Thriller series. In this mystery, homicide detective Frank Renzi is the lead investigator of a team of top-notch detectives pursuing a cold-blooded killer operating in New Orleans. However, success at catching the killer is proving challenging as there are no bodies or crime scenes to investigate. The only evidence of the murders are photographs of the victims, which leaves the police stumped with the lack of clues as to who might be guilty or the motives behind the murders. Frank is under pressure from the New Orleans Police Superintendent to find the culprit as soon as possible, especially with the media hounding the police department for results. Will the police get a break and track down the elusive killer before more individuals are murdered, or will the killer slip through the hands of the police and escape justice?
Fleet has written a nail-biting page-turner full of suspense and tension. Readers get an inside scoop into the inner workings of homicide police investigations. Well-written believable and realistic characters with differing personalities and motives populate the story. This excellently crafted and captivating thriller is told in the third person with multiple perspectives, one of whom is the unidentified killer. The social interactions between characters and memories of a past familial relationship give readers more insight into the characters’ behavioral dynamics. Law enforcement officials, people related to the victims, and the killer are bound together with different outlooks.
Guilty is well-worth reading. It fascinates, horrifies, and thrills in equal measure. Fleet’s use of descriptive language creates crystal-clear images that form in readers’ minds of everything transpiring in the thriller. Readers will connect with the characters imprisoned by an evil killer and experience their fear and terror. The author keeps readers on the edge of their seats as they wait in nervous anticipation of the outcome of a high-stakes police investigation, in which the killer appears to have the upper hand. The tension continues to mount until the hair-raising climax.
Fleet does an excellent job of showing the inner workings of the mind of a psychotic killer, and the frustration and dogged determination of law enforcement officials when it comes to tracking down the most heinous wanted criminals. Anyone who enjoys gritty crime thrillers that put detectives in a nerve-racking race against time to capture criminals who have no regard for human life will find Guilty a fascinating read.
Quill says: Guilty is an unputdownable and pulse-pounding thriller that will get your heart racing.
For more information on Guilty: A Frank Renzi Crime Thriller, please visit the author's website at: www.susanfleet.com.