Blood Over Badge by Wayne Farquhar
From Amazon ~
Two seemingly unrelated crimes – Two seemingly unrelated killers – And two mysteries waiting to be solved … The murder of the Mayor of San Francisco’s daughter sets the stage for this intriguing and spell-binding crime thriller. Two police detectives, Jack Paige and Casey Ford are assigned to catch a cold-blooded rapist and killer. In this gritty, realistic tale of homicide, unrelated mysteries of two murderers seem to come together and make little sense. What does a man rotting away behind the stench-enclosed walls of Angola Penitentiary have to do with an evil and cruel rapist and killer now on the run from California to Texas? What is the relationship to the killing of the Mayor’s daughter? Blood Over Badge, an intense, taunt and brilliantly told crime thriller, takes readers on a realistic, gritty and real-world tour de force exploring the underbelly of police and detective work. It begs important questions about out justice and penal systems; explores the nature of gray areas of good, evil, immorality, love, loyalty and family promises. Readers will be taken into an intense story with many twists, turns and surprises – and be left wholly satisfied with an incredible and shocking ending well worth the read.
My thoughts ~
Lisa Russell ~ The daughter of the Mayor of San Francisco and murder victim. Found shot to death execution style with her hands and feet bound.
Jack Paige ~ An experienced homicide detective one year shy of retirement and leading the investigation into the murder of the mayor’s daughter.
Casey Ford ~ Just joined the detective squad and is jonesing for his first murder case (not that he wants someone to die of course).
Kyle Sanders ~ Convicted of killing a store clerk, he has spent the past 12 years at Angola Penitentiary in Louisiana. So how could he possibly know how Lisa Russell was killed?
Justin Pierce ~ Sadistic new corrections officer at Angola who has a deep hatred for Kyle.
The Killer ~ An evil person who thinks nothing of killing whoever stands in the way of freedom.
The murder of the mayor’s daughter, a murdering-rapist on the loose, a sadistic corrections office, a convicted killer and two detectives. These are the people you will meet in Blood Over Badge, a thrilling murder mystery that will literally have you hanging off the edge of your seat. A cast of characters who seemingly have nothing in common, and yet, when it comes right down to it, have the most important common thread of all. This book has everything you’d ever want to find in a solid murder mystery – death, family issues, intense dialogue, believable characters, am amazing attention to detail and enough twists and turns to make you so sick to your stomach that you’ll want to keep a bucket close at hand. Blood Over Badge has an ending that will hit you in the face like a fly ball coming out of left field. An ending so shocking that you’ll go back and reread it to make sure what happened really happened. A first time author with years of law enforcement experience, Wayne Farquhar certainly knows what he writes about. This book could only have been written by someone working with the ugliest of criminals, learning what makes them tick and the reasons they do what they do. He takes you to a place seldom seem by someone without a badge, with words that will have you right there in the prison, on the streets and in the precinct with them.