Cross over murders
Nick PT Barnum is back, and this is the best Barnum book yet! When illegal aliens are taking over our union jobs..someone is out for revenge. Something sinister is about to happen and the City of Bridgeport is in for a killing spree it would never forget. In comes Nick Barnum who has to act like a decoy with the non-citizens hoping he'd be picked..not murdered. Barnum is back and better than ever!
Cross Over Murders on the one hand is a call back to hard boiled detectives whom everyone knows can do the job, loyal secretaries who really runs the office with beautiful ex-girlfriends who truly love the hard nosed guy and Police Captains who rant and rave but always bring in the private eye to fix the problem. On the other hand, the mystery noir stereotypes are combined with a modern serial killer story with a couple of severe torture scenes and a very topical social twist. It’s an easy read. All the pieces are correctly in place to make this a good story. But it lacks that magic flow where the story reveals the characters without being specifically told each and every move. With all the characters following a very specific noir stereotype (with the exception of the serial killer and his victims), there is very little room for the story to develop. It follows the historic noir path but there is no tension between the main characters - again excepting the serial killer story. In short, I needed a more gritty read and only the serial killer angle gave me that level of emotional response.