Detroit homicide Detective Bonnie Benham has been transferred from narcotics for using more than arresting and is working the case of the killer of adolescent girls. CSI collects DNA evidence from the scene of the latest victim, which has not been detected on the other victims. But no suspect turns up in the FBI database. Due to the notoriety of the crimes a task force is put together with Bonnie as the lead detective, and she implores the D.A. to authorize an as yet unapproved type of a DNA Search in an effort to identify the killer. Homicide Detective Neil Jensen, with his own history of drug and alcohol problems, understands Bonnie’s frailty and the two detectives become inseparable as they track this killer of children.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Some readers will find that this is a hard book to read because of the nature of the story. When the body of a young adolescent girl is found savagely brutalised and dumped like garbage Detective Bonnie Benham is put in charge of tracking down the killer. She soon discovers that this isn’t a one-off but with increasing murders in the Detroit area and government cut backs more murders are left unsolved at the end of each year than criminals put away for them.
Bonnie is a somewhat damaged good herself, having worked in the narcotics department and taking a liking to the stuff she was trying to rid the street of. Now she is a regular at Drug and Alcohol Abuse meetings to give her the support she needs to stay off them. She meets her soul mate Detective Neil Jenson, a bloke I took to pretty quickly myself. Bonnie is a tough cookie with a mouth that runs away with her and feisty nature that makes her impulsive and determined to get the bad guys. A get in, get it done and sort out the mess afterwards kind of woman. She is one determined lady to get this sick killer before any more young girls become victims, making promises to broken parents that this will be one case that is solved.
Author David Swykert takes no prisoners in his story and to be honest it certainly feels real from the very rare occasions that I have watched TV and films. From the Police Force that simply haven’t the man power or funding to do the job, to the criminals that infest the area like chameleons and live among good people. There just seemed a real honesty about how he wrote. Bonnie can put any man to shame with her swearing and swagger, she has a good soul but also a raging temper too to go with her good intentions.
The story is a really good police procedural that takes a look into the forensic side of the investigation too. A really good balance of crime, personal life and the effects of doing the job can have. Not for the faint hearted.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DJ Swykert is a former 911 operator, and wolf expert, living in Northern Kentucky, USA. His short fiction and poetry has been published in: The Tampa Review, Monarch Review, Sand Canyon Review, Zodiac Review, Scissors and Spackle, spittoon, Barbaric Yawp and BULL. His novel, Maggie Elizabeth Harrington, won a literary competition with The LitWest Group in Los Angeles in 2002