When Annie Ogden's ex-boyfriend Michael Garcia reappears, she has to confront a lie dating back to her time in Iraq. Will she go back to hot, passionate Michael, who has developed a disturbing interest in meth, or stick with her pudgy PI partner and fiancé, Salvatore?
The calculus changes when Michael is arrested for murder. When Salvatore refuses to help investigate, Annie is forced to try to find the killer herself. Meanwhile her sister's creepy husband, Todd, is making more of an ass of himself than usual.
Annie's problems with three obsessive men suddenly pale in significance when she realizes the killer has set his sights on her. Having changed his mind about helping her, Salvatore finds himself in a desperate race against time, the only man capable of finding the killer before it's too late.
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Having lived in Switzerland for the past two decades, Brooke has taught English, run a business and learned French, German and Italian. Find him online at www.FrederickLeeBrooke.com. Sign up for his newsletter and be the first to read all about his travels, recipes, and upcoming works.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Apparently, I read this book out of order as it is the first I've read by Mr. Brooke and there are two other mystery stories before this one. But it didn't really matter as I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery as a stand alone story and was able to understand fully all of the characters and their backgrounds as the story progressed. I really liked the format with two alternating points of view by Salvatore and Annie. The dialogue and action sequences were excellently done, at times endearing Salvatore and/or Annie to me, and at other times making me dislike Salvatore's reasoning or Annie's emotions and feelings. The secondary characters (Michael, Todd and Annie's sister) were also very cleverly done so as to really get my ire up over their shenanigans. And all through the story and action I could really feel the mystery and had questions buzzing in my brain until all became clear to me just as things became clear to Salvatore and Annie. In short, the story and mystery grabbed my attention from the outset and kept it all the way through to the very end. And it wasn't really a cliffhanger of an ending, but this reader could definitely tell that there would be other stories following this one--and that was pretty smart writing by Mr. Brooke because I'm definitely interested in what comes next.
When, I started reading "Collateral Damage" by Frederick Lee Brooke, was skeptical of it. As, I started reading more, it drew me into it. Annie, has got her life back in order(She was in the war, has scars from it), now engage to live in boyfriend Salvatore. Out of the blue, her suppose dead boyfriend Michael(Annie boyfriend during the war) is alive & well. Michael want Annie to come back to Florida with him, to have a reunion party(Collateral Damage) with her old Army buddies. Well, Annie refuse but Michael got her to go with him. During, the party Michael room mate & Annie army buddie get stab. Annie & Michael was at a private dinner, when they heard of it. So, when got back to the party, Michael was arrest for the murder of his room mate. The cops, did not believe he was out to dinner, someone pay off the place they eat, inform the cops that he & Annie was not there. Annie, place call to her boyfriend ask if he come down help clear Michael name. Ok, that all going to say, you will not want to put the book down, until you are on the last page. I give "Collateral Damage" four stars.