Tag Archives: Noir

Murder is a Competition

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Deaths Cold Touch cover

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.

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Enron In Space

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An Innocent Man

Thomas Sullivan is back and the case is tougher than any other. How can he prove his client’s client is innocent when so much corruption is being thrown around like candy? Not only is an innocent man on trial for his life but so is the entire justice system of Beta Prime, Capital City, and the Planetary Alliance.

Sivils’ fourth novel in The Inspector Thomas Sullivan Thriller Series, An Innocent Man takes a hard look at a previous real-world case involving Enron and placing it 500 years into the future. All of the characters you have grown to love are back. Each plays a special support role to help Sully solve the case. Even if justice is served it can come at a great cost both financially and to the lives of those involved.

This book is everything you expect from a Thomas Sullivan thriller. Lust, greed, power, money, corruption, and all that goes along with those and more. Sorting out the truth can mean blurring the lines.

5 out of 5 stars.

 

Sully’s Story

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The Fractured Man

Young Thomas Sullivan wants to be a Space Marine. After a harrowing boot camp followed by a grueling tour of duty, he is sent off to school to join the Shore Patrol as a cop. An accident left him with a cybernetic eye, left hand, and right fingers. His blunt truthfulness gets him ousted. And, so begins the life of Sully as an Inspector for the Alliance police force.

Sivils first novel in the A Thomas Sullivan Futuristic Noir Thriller series, The Fractured Man: A Hardboiled Noir Thriller From The Future is actually the first in several prequels to his successful series, The Chronicles of Inspector Thomas Sullivan. It is his best work thus far. This book is meant to give us Sully’s backstory. It is very well done.

We read about Sully as he is first recruited into the Space Marines. His potential is noted from the very first. But, politics gets in the way. Sully is always on the side of justice. He tells the truth. Since he refuses to bend he is given the worst possible assignments after ending up as an Alliance cop. The only problem is that he keeps solving these cases regardless of who gets caught.

I absolutely love these futuristic gumshoe stories. And, I’ve really enjoyed Sully’s story. Sivils has me hooked for sure.

5 out of 5 stars.

Are There Any Good Cops Left?

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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.