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Posted November 6, 2010
A must read for fans of the "cop novel", general mystery, and suspense aficionados.
J.T. Twerell's Signal 30 is a riveting mystery thriller that brings the reader into the story with tremendous amounts of lively detail and pinpoint character descriptions. The plot development is distinctly unique and innovative as each character enters the story amidst his own conflict, which is intricately woven into the main conflict itself. In other words, there are multiple climactic moments that keep the reader interested, which is absolutely critical for a mystery novel.
Twerell, through the pace of the plot and sentence structure, conveys a deep sense of foreboding and destruction, for which the characters are just play pieces. The story revolves around the main character, Shane Murphy, who is a senior officer with Special Case investigations. At age forty, he is still going strong, pursuing crime with precision. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about his family life with a pending divorce on the horizon. At the core of the novel is a bomb blast, which, it seems, sets itself off. The perpetrator has executed the job to perfection, resulting in a whirlwind of an investigation by detectives and police alike.
The story also includes Stacy Landou, a thirty-eight year old Special Agent with Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Her no nonsense approach to police work coupled with her sensitivity makes her an endearing character. Reporter Jackie Simmons, who always finds the lead story, no matter what it takes, and Chief Reilley round out the list of principal characters. What's most impressive about this book is the way each character is developed and the level of mental conflict created for each character. The characters in this book will do whatever it takes to get the job done.
The overlying theme in this novel is essentially the complexity of a police investigation and the myriad variables that come into play until the resolution of the investigation is reached. Undoubtedly, Signal 30 is a must read for fans of the "cop novel" as well as for general mystery and suspense aficionados.
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Posted October 4, 2011
Cat and Mouse
The Walshes return home from their holiday trip to find a package on their front porch. When their daughter Trisha opens it, it explodes, critically injuring her. Detective Shane Murphy is assigned to the case but is having pressing problems of his own that this assignment will only add to: a cutthroat reporter will stop at nothing to make him look bad and his wife is filing for a divorce. While interviewing Mr. Walsh at the hospital, Murphy unknowingly encounters the bomber, Fred, after he causes a disturbance at the hospital and lets him go with a warning. It is not until ATF agent Stacy Landline arrives that the connection between Fred and the Walsh family is finally discovered. Now Murphy and Landou must deal with the press and copy-cat bombers as they race to stop the bomber before it is too late. Signal 30 by James Twerell is a fast- paced novel that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the search for a killer. I was impressed by the level of details woven into the story. The characters were well developed without being overdone and the plot was believable, with ample action for even the most die-hard action junkies. The one thing I would like to see in future novels, if this becomes a series, would be a more expansive plot, where the villain isn't revealed until much later in the story. All in all, this was an enjoyable book worthy of 4/5 stars.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 26, 2011
Interesting Police Thriller
Signal 30 begins with a family returning home from spending time away during Christmas. The daughter finds a present outside while the family is unpacking the car. Everyone is busy, so she places it on the kitchen table, later returning and as her curiosity grows, she opens it. There is an explosion. Who sent this bomb and why? Detective Shane Murphy was with his own family when he got the call and was assigned the case. His marriage is a little shaky as his leaving his family, especially during Christmas time is hard for his wife. She thinks he is married to his job. Murphy knows it is hard but is committed to his job and after realizing it is a young girl now in the hospital, he is determined to find the culprit. Why was this family a target? Murphy gets some help when Stacy Landou, a Special Agent with Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is also assigned to the case. To make matters worse though, another bomb is set off but it is a different type. Is it a copycat? Murphy has a lot on his plate and it thankful for Landou's assistance, especially as his wife wants him out of the house. His world seems to be crumbling with his boss now really on him to solve the case and a local newspaper reporter being fed facts about the case. All of this is making it hard for Murphy to get to the truth. This story keeps things moving, introducing some possible suspects, and you grow to like Murphy and are pulling for him as his world comes crashing down around him. There were some errors in this book that the proofreading editor missed but I encourage readers to overlook them as Twerell writes an interesting police thriller.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 21, 2010