The local Westchester police turn to One Police Plaza when a high profile murder lands in their back yard. Captain Sam Jefferies takes the case and assigns two resigned police detectives on disability, now private investigators. Kevin Whitehouse has the analytical mind and a keen sense of investigatory skills; David Allerton has the ex-Special Forces, ex-Army Ranger training; and Margaret Alexander, David's caring and protective lover aids them in investigating the case. The murder leads the two detectives into the ruthless, glitzy and immoral New York nightlife. They wade through the company of unsavory criminals as well as spotless personalities, following the leads given to the point of madness and despair. All the while, the ominous secrets uncovered test the limits of friendship, partnership and loyalty. The Cover of Darkness is an unforgettable thriller that journeys down the darker paths of humanity and sanity to reveal the darkness covering a soulless city and the ties that we sometimes believe bind.
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Kevin and David are retired police detectives quite content with doing the occasional private investigation, as needed. When their former boss calls them to help out with a multiple homicide case involving an important Wall Street trader, David jumps at the opportunity to get work again. Kevin is a little more nervous about the opportunity as his past still haunts him. Kevin finally agrees, and the duo jump in with both feet. It doesn’t take them long to learn that the deceased, Hugh Osterman, had his hands in a lot of dirty pots, including cocaine deals, money laundering, prostitution and just about every other crime. The more research that Kevin and David do the longer the list of suspects gets. Unfortunately, a number of David and Kevin’s suspects are also turning up dead making it harder for them to find the killer before the trail goes completely cold. Cover of Darkness is chock full of colorful characters that propel the mystery forward. Each player in the book, from the white rapper wannabe to the overbearing retired police investigator, adds great color and realism to this mystery. Not only do we get a variety of characters that keep the story entertaining, but the back story of our dynamic duo provides for a deeper story than your average mystery-thriller. Once these details were revealed, I instantly became emotionally invested in this story and wanted everything to be okay for David and Kevin. At the same time, I didn’t want their issues to be resolved, because it would change their dynamic and take away that extra special element that this book brings to the genre. All of this dissonance creates great tension. If you are looking for a mystery-thriller that has an intriguing who-done-it story along with well-rounded characters, then Cover of Darkness is the book for you. There are plenty of surprises throughout the story to keep you on your toes and wanting more. (This book was provided to Compulsion Reads for review by the author.)
"Cover of Darkness" is a fast-paced, action-oriented crime thriller set in a corrupt Manhattan, depicting a city like something straight out of a procedural crime show. The story kicks off with an immediate bang--a high profile triple murder scene. Protagonists Kevin Whitehouse and David Allerton are contacted by their former police captain, Sam Jefferies, regarding the case. The former police officers turned PIs commence with their investigation and the story follows. Delaurentis has a clean, direct style best characterized as gritty. He gets right to the point and says what he means, although the occasional awkward phrasing disrupted flow. The story is dialogue and action driven. Settings are described so they are easy to envision. As I search for a point of reference, I wanted to compare the portrayal of these private investigators in the way I'd imagine pulp noir books being written in the heyday of crime fiction. Characterization is clear and distinct. Kevin is a scrawny genius with slovenly habits. David Allerton is the brainy brawn of the dynamic duo whose past training in Special Forces definitely makes him the more formidable of the pair. I really liked Margaret Alexander, a supporting cast character, for her sassiness and feisty spirit. Margaret is Kevin's girlfriend, although I think I'd have preferred her with David. The chemistry between Margaret and David crackled on the page. There were simply too many instances in the story when scenes started with characters waking up. Mr. Delaurentis, please watch out for this in your next book, which I do hope you'll write. "Cover of Darkness" is really a story written with a male target audience in mind. I felt relationship dynamics, especially between the partners, needed to be more thoroughly developed. However, for what it is--a crime thriller--"Cover of Darkness" has a great blend of suspense and action. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a solid mystery thriller.
Spectacular New Thriller That Keeps You On The Edge of Your Seat Cover of Darkness is an amazing new suspenseful thriller by author Gregory Delaurentis that will keep readers captivated from beginning to end. Crime, the justice system, and city life combine for a great story and even better read. I could see this book becoming a great blockbuster movie. The Cover of Darkness is the first in a series of upcoming books that include The Edge of Darkness, The Pale of Darkness and The Cries of Darkness. These novels follow the lives of three individuals who do battle bringing criminals to justice, while they struggle to understand the complex relationships that exist among themselves. Highly Recommended!!!