A Killing Night
by Jonathan King
Category: Fiction / Mystery
304 pages; ISBN: 0525948651
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
A Killing Night
Dutton, April 2005, $23.95, 304 pp.
Max Freeman was a Philadelphia cop until he gets injured so badly he received a disability pension. One of the people he shot was an unarmed youth and he was unable to cope with what he had done even though it was called a righteous shooting. He leaves the Northeast and head to Southern Florida where he works as a private investigator for attorney Billy Winchester.
Max’s ex-lover Detective Sherry Richard asks him to check out former Philadelphia police officer Dan O’Shea who is also in South Florida. Three women bartenders have disappeared without any reason and O’Shea detests two of them and knew the third. He travels to his old hometown to talk with O’Shea’s ex-wife, who tells him that Dan never hit her. Max also talks with his ex-wife in charge of Internal Affairs who believes O’Shea was involved in the disappearance of a young women though charges were never filed. When he returns home he relies on his own instincts because he believes his ex-lover is not thinking objectively and while she has her sights set on the wrong man, the real killer gets away with murder.
Every once in a while a fictional private detective comes along that is unforgettable like Perry Mason or Spenser. Max is in their league because he goes the extra mile to see that justice occurs for the victims of violent crimes. Max gets involved so that the wrong man is not convicted of a crime because a police detective believes he’s guilty and goes out of her way to harass him. Jonathan King has written a gritty urban “noir thriller” that is hard hitting and exciting
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