Tag Archives: Hard Boiled

Fast Learner

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The Young Detective cover     Mark Josephson is the youngest person to ever make Detective on the Capital City Police Force. But, then again, he had the best mentor, Inspector Thomas Sullivan. What makes him tick? What is his story? Is he as hardnosed as Sully?

Sivils’ third novella in The Capital City Characters series, The Young Detective gives us insight into who Josephson really is. As much as he tries to emulate Sully, he still has a lot to learn. When Sully is off-world Josephson must put his skills to the test.

Another engaging, fast read from the Inspector Thomas Sullivan series spinoff.

5 out of 5 stars.

And Then There Were Three

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The Girl Who Wasn't There Cover     Sarah dreams of nothing but freedom from the lab in which she and her two identical sisters were created. They are clones, and therefore, illegal in their existence. Each of the sisters is gifted with special abilities unique only to themselves. Once they realize that Maria is scheduled for organ harvesting Elle and Sarah hatch a plan to escape.

Sivils’ fourth novella in The Capital City Characters series, The Girl Who Wasn’t There is a gritty look at the underworld of cloning. Set far into the future it is an in-depth look at Sarah, Inspector Thomas Sullivan’s partner, and her origins.

What sets this story apart from the others is the illustrations throughout. It wouldn’t take much to turn this into a graphic novel. It’s a fast read and well written.

5 out of 5 stars.

Trouble Comes In Threes

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Dolls Dames and Danger

Inspector Thomas Sullivan has few folks that he calls friends and even fewer that he holds dear. So, when bounty hunters threaten the two ladies that he treasures more than life itself, things get messy.  There’s the law, and then there’s justice. And, the two don’t necessarily go hand in hand.

Sivils’ second novella in the Capital City Characters series, Dolls, Dames, and Danger highlights the female support characters. It also shows us Sully’s softer side and his total lack of understanding of the female psyche.

This book has everything you’ve come to expect from an Inspector Thomas Sullivan story. Sivils delivers once again. And, kudos to his cover designer.

5 out of 5 stars.

A Paradise Built Upon Lies

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The Price of a Lie cover     Thomas Sullivan has been asked to solve the death of a very wealthy man’s son. The remote location has Father Nathan unnerved. Sarah is the most scared she has ever been. Everything about the case screams ‘don’t take it!’ And for that very reason, Sully does.

Sivils’ latest novel in the Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thriller series, The Price Of A Lie is a study of mixed emotions. Father Nathan confronts his past. Sarah’s memories are rekindled. Sully just wants to find the truth.

P-42686 has the reputation of being the best place in the universe to work. So much so that workers rarely leave. The adage ‘what seems too good to be true usually is’ fits P-42686 to a t. Find out what has everyone on edge and see more depth to our favorite characters.

5 out of 5 stars.

Human Trafficking Knows No Limit

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Dangerous is the Game cover     Thomas Sullivan goes undercover. He uses his expertise as an inspector to help conceal and enhance his new persona. Human trafficking is one of the most despicable crimes there is. The assignment seems straightforward yet is anything but.

Sivils’ third prequel to the Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thriller series, Danger Is The Game follows Sully when he is at his lowest of lows. He quickly becomes enmeshed with the most depraved of society. The more he sees the angrier he becomes. An angry Sully is a dangerous Sully.

Tackling human trafficking on a galaxy-wide scale is not for the faint of heart. We see the best and worst of Sully as a result.

5 out of 5 stars.

Who is Sully?

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     Who is Thomas Sullivan, and how did he get to where he is today? An explosion, a dead prince, a cover-up, and a set of triplets. What could be more intriguing?

Sivils’ prequel to the Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thriller series, What Doesn’t Kill shows us a bitter and drifting Sully. The universe is against him at every turn. He believes in swift justice and is incorruptible. Those traits don’t make him very popular with officials or criminals.

Being at the wrong place at the right time puts Sully in the middle of a crime as it happens. His training immediately kicks in, and he takes control of the scene. He is like a tenacious alligator that won’t let anything go. His one moment of hesitation will haunt him forever.

5 out of 5 stars.

Daddy’s Little Girl

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City of Broken Lights     Inspector Thomas Sullivan (Sully) is offered a case on another world that pays beyond anything he has ever imagined. The catch, he will be working for someone whom he’d rather never hear from again. Not only that but he receives news that will shock his very core. His assistant, Sarah will be thrown into a major emotional conflict like none she has ever experienced. Will Sully stay or walk away?

Sivils’ sixth novel in the Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thriller series, City of Broken Lights: Hardboiled Noir From The Future is an emotional rollercoaster for both the characters and the reader. Never has Sully been so torn. Can he keep his professional demeanor intact and not let the realities of the case undermine his abilities?

Time is of the essence and Sully must decide what to do. Politics is never been dirtier than when lives are at stake. This gut-wrenching book will leave you exhausted but satisfied.

5 out of 5 stars.

Murder is a Competition

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Inspector Thomas Sullivan (Sully) may be up against his toughest case yet. Four serial killers are preying on Capital City ahead of the 23rd Galactic Winter Games. In a sick competition of their own, each is carrying out a number of murders under the watchful eye of the Mastermind. Will Sully and his faithful sidekick, Sarah stop them before the Winter Games are canceled?

Sivils’ fifth novel in The Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thriller Series, Death’s Cold Touch tells the story from Sarah’s point of view. Though chronologically only seven years old Sarah is a clone whose body is that of a fully matured late twenty-something-year-old woman. While struggling to suppress her childish ways she proves to be an outstanding detective. Her DNA enhancements allow her to accomplish things traditional humans have forgotten how to do and more.

I applaud Sivils for having Sarah tell us the story. To me, it rounds out the duo and provides an entirely different perspective of Sully. Of course, all the usual supporting characters are entwined it the tale.

5 out of 5 stars.