Inspector Thomas (Sully) Sullivan has had a hard life, but he is very good at what he does. He has recently been sent to Beta Prime to clean up the corruption within the planet police force. The local government officials believe he is a screw-up that they will be able to use as a scapegoat for their crimes. To make his job as difficult as they can, Sully has been given a newly appointed and over eager Detective Sergeant named Josephson.
Capital City harbors many secrets including the identity of a serial killer. Sully believes the killer is somehow tied to the theft of drugs used to keep the miners from getting the Cough. If he unravels one of these crimes the other is sure to follow.
Being new in town, Sully doesn’t know whom he can trust nor do the folks he encounters know if they can trust him. Having a cop that isn’t bent is about as rare as a warm, snow free day on Beta Prime. His acquaintances are a priest with a shady past, a cabbie trying to keep his nose clean, a bar owner who knows more than he’s willing to tell, and a waitress who wears her heart on her sleeve. Then there is the mysterious woman who hides in the shadows that remind Sully of something in his past he’d rather forget.
Sivils’ first novel in The Chronicles of Inspector Thomas Sullivan, The Predator and The Prey, is reminiscent of the dime store detective novels of the past. The main character, Sully, is vividly described and well developed. The world of Beta Prime and Capital City are brought to life in such a way that I even felt chilled.
Unfortunately, the novel is riddled with typographical errors that are very distracting. In a self-published novel, I allow 5 errors before it changes the rating. This book went well beyond that number. The author really needs a good proofreader or an advance reader group to help ferret out these mistakes before he goes live.
Also, in a who-done-it, the killer is usually a significant character with clues leading up to their identity. It was rather disappointing that he was a minor character who only showed up to kill. The rest of the story was written in such a way that everything was very complex and tied together well.
3 out of 5 stars.
I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.