A complex mystery that combines exciting police action and big characters, what more can a fan of the genre look for?
A police thriller who is as smart as it is suspenseful; Half-Cut makes a noticeable entry to the ever-growing genre of police thrillers. The author Arnold Eslava-Grunwaldt delivers with this debut novel, a well-organized intrigue-based thriller, presenting sympathetic characters and introducing readers to the central character of Detective Sergeant Hamilcar "Ham" Hitchcock, an experienced and wise detective at Yonkers, NY Police Force.
Readers will find themselves immediately drawn into the intense world of detective Sergeant Hitchcock, whom he calls himself the home of Bernard "Barney" Bloemker. At first glance, it seems that Barney died of a heart attack. But something does not seem to be in place with the body when it is noted that half the head has been shaved bald. Barney's unconventional hairstyle did not match the smooth interior of his apartment. The mystery continues to grow, as another odds of the poor Barney's corpse arise. The medical examiner notices a telling sign of arsenic poisoning, suggesting that a much more unpleasant scenario began to develop. Bloemker's death may have been murdered.
Consequently, Hamilcar Hitchcock and his team of detectives go to action. His squad is a cordial group of distinct personalities who work hard to solve the profound mystery of the Bloemker case. In summary, not a single case in any way, the detectives are struggling to progress with the investigation of Barney Bloemker's death while dealing with their own inner struggles. At the same time, more "half-core" bodies appear. Is there a connection between the death or is there a serial killer in Yonkers? Hitchcock and his team are faced with these issues and more with this bizarre murder case, deep in the past, but affecting the present, in dangerous and dramatic ways.
Overall, Half-Cut was an exciting read that I recommend to fans of police thrillers. I enjoyed being immersed in the unique storyline and watching the drama's play while being the subject of the inner impact of a police investigation, as it ran out of human nature at its worst and best. The thoughtful characterization was solid, realistic and emotionally prominent, which contributed to making this book a worthy reading. Overall, the author Arnold Eslava-Grunwaldt told a good story and I look forward to the next book in the series