For fans of Linwood Barclay, this exhilarating series debut by award-winning author Robert Mrazek features former Army officer Jake Cantrell as he tries to solve a series of murders at a small college town in upstate New York.
Unfairly disgraced former army officer Jake Cantrell has only one friend left: Bug, a wolf-dog he saved while serving in Afghanistan. Together, they try to put his bitter past behind him and Jake settles for employment at the bottom rung of the campus security ladder of a small upstate New York college. But things only turn worse when the college’s richest and most powerful alumnus is found hanging from a campus footbridge on the eve of homecoming weekend.
Jake is convinced the man was murdered, but with no credibility to his name, no one agreesat least not until a second body is found hanging from the same bridge. But as a vicious hurricane sweeps up the Eastern seaboard, the clock is ticking and it’s only a matter of time before the killer strikes again.
Trusting his instincts, Jake puts his own life in peril as he attempts to uncover the buried secrets at the heart of the murders in acclaimed author Robert J. Mrazek’s Dead Man’s Bridge , the first in a new heart-pounding mystery series sure to keep readers hooked until the very last page.
About the Author
Robert J. Mrazek is the award-winning author of ten books. He is the writer and co-director of the feature film, The Congressman and a former five term member of the US House of Representatives. He lives in upstate New York and Maine. Robert is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW). This is his first Jake Cantrell mystery.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dead Man’s Bridge is the first installment of the Jake Cantrell Mystery series and my first read by author Robert J. Mrazek. The story mainly takes place on and around the campus of St. Andrews College in upstate New York. This was a fast-paced mystery/thriller that took place over a period of a few days. The main character, Jake Cantrell, is working as a campus security officer after being discharged and disgraced as an army officer in Afghanistan. He finds himself investigating a mystery concerning suicide/murder/blackmail. I felt Jake was a believable and flawed character as evidenced by his problem with alcohol. He declined mental health services after being discharged from the military even though he admits later he probably has PTSD. Also while he was deployed his wife decided to leave him for his former best friend/college roommate. Jake instead makes a poor choice to “self-medicate” with alcohol. Jake has a tough exterior but also a soft and gentle caring side. Dead Man’s Bridge was a great novel. I hope there are more to come in the Jake Cantrell Mystery series. The author grabbed my attention at the very beginning and held it throughout the book. I would definitely read more from Robert J. Mrazek and recommend Dead Man’s Bridge to anyone who loves this genre. Four out of five stars for Dead Man’s Bridge!!!
exmilitary, suspense, murder-investigation, blackmail, friendship, pet Juggling dynamite in lieu of firecrackers. Dumped by his wife for his friend while he was deployed, now working security courtesy of same friend, drummed out of the army for political expediency, unable/unwilling to play the game with employers, pretty much living on alcohol and paying for chemo for his best buddy/dog, Jake is a mess. Although he is looked down on and ridiculed by his chief of security as well as the local sheriff, he is the only one to get it right when the first body turns up. From then on he is hip deep in blackmail, murder, and attempts on his own life. A very active and well plotted tale complete with characters so realistic I'm sure that I worked alongside some of them. Red herrings and plot twists abound to make this a really compelling read. After receiving a print copy from the publisher courtesy of a Goodreads Giveaway that I entered, I picked up an audio done by Blackstone Audio. Christopher Lane gave a fine audio interpretation! I have a visual problem.