Detective Reginald Thomas Williams was on the fast track to promotional success. Now, subsequent to the shooting, he is a man barely holding on. His wife left him. He’s two steps away from being a full blown alcoholic, and there is a serial killer nicknamed The Animal loose on Bay City’s streets. Can he hold it together long enough to get his man and reclaim his life? Will his wife even want him back? Who is this Animal that has the city’s female population afraid to go out at night? Is The Animal really who everyone thinks he is? Follow the investigation to learn the answers to these questions and more, in Author Robert Shroud’s new book Irony.
Book: The Animal by Robert Shroud
Series: Irony; Book #1
Publication Date: 10/13/11
Published By: Kindle/self pub
Source: Author, in exchange for an honest review
I really enjoyed this novella from Robert Shroud. It reads like a cross between The Maltese Falcon and Homicide: Life on the Street. I loved the language and the flow of it, and I kept picturing Reg and Ruben in trench coats and fedoras.
Reg’s wife recently left him, and he is self medicating himself into the gin bottle. He thinks that if he can break the case of the serial killer that has been menacing the city he will win back both his wife and reputation at work. He is spending every off the clock moment following leads, and staking out where he thinks the killer might strike next.
Something about this case just doesn’t ring true with him. He follows a hunch, and what he uncovers is both shocking and sad. A conspiracy and a cover up both pervert justice and contribute to the city’s current crime spree. I ended the book feeling pity for the villain/victim, and reeling from the ironic twist that hits you in the last few pages.
Until next time
About the Author:
I live in the city, but prefer the wilderness. I workout regularly, but love my little sweet treats. I enjoy cheese Danish, but don’t like Danish cheese. I am a writer, but sometimes wrong. All things Spring, Fall, and Winter are welcome. Summer? My least favorite. I’m silly, witty, shy, overt, and ofttimes have my tongue firmly planted in cheek. What am I? An indie author, of course. Download and rate my free ebook, Irony, Book 1 - The Animal, and if you’re really feeling frisky, purchase and review one of my other offerings to support indie books.
I could regale you with a biography which would include sni0ppets of my life. I could highlight for you over forty years of both accomplishments and failures. Well, maybe not failures. I’ve never read an ‘about the author’ that included falling out of a tree in their youth.
I have no grandiose yarns to spin here. I am just a guy who has always wanted to be a writer. I have been writing off and on since the age of twelve. What I want to do more than anything is concentrate on delivering you, the reader, quality works. If I can do that, then I believe over time you will come to know more about me than you ever wanted to.