Endangered Species

Endangered Species

by Michael Altieri

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Endangered Species by Michael Altieri

Connecticut private investigator Brenda Corrino's sixteen-year-old niece Madison has gone missing in Arizona. Known for bringing the DVD Murderer to justice during her stint as a Fairfield County homicide detective, her unacquainted sister Faith Brenna requests her help from Arizona.

Brenda recently went through a tough time herself, recovering from being raped and almost murdered by the DVD Murderer while working undercover. She broke ties with her boyfriend and wanted nothing to do with him, even though he helped to rescue her. She was labeled as having PTSD. After months of therapy, she has recovered to the point that she was able to resume her relationship with her boyfriend and now business partner, Dr. Darren Crowe.

Brenda arrives in Arizona and quickly befriends the local sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Logan Cartwright, who tells her about a similar case in a nearby town where another girl disappeared five years ago. The girl recently resurfaced unscathed and is unwilling to talk about where she has been for the past five years.

Faith and her husband have a few secrets of their own that Brenda must scrutinize to rule out possible suspects, including the two of them. She promises to not reveal Faith's secret, as long as it does not get in the way of finding the people responsible for Madison's disappearance. Brenda summons Darren to join her in Arizona to help find her niece.

Arizona is one of the states that has a large presence and reputation of human trafficking. Brenda becomes concerned that Madison may have become a victim. She realizes she is getting close to the truth when a Hummer purposely runs her car off an Arizona highway, causing her rental car to flip several times. She and Darren get banged-up, but survive. Brenda is now more determined than ever to find Madison and put an end to her sister's fears.

Brenda and Darren attend a party with her sister to observe and investigate her friends under the pretense of participating in partner swapping activities. As the party winds down, Brenda's unique investigative style has provided her with enough insight into who might be involved in Madison's vanishing act. She informs Sheriff Cartwright of her gut feelings and together they devise a plan to uncover the truth.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157315177
Publisher: Brighton Publishing LLC
Publication date: 06/14/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 275
File size: 218 KB

About the Author

Michael Altieri was born, raised, and college educated in Connecticut. In his younger days, he performed with a rock band and worked full time, while obtaining a college degree in marketing. That led to a forty year career with an electric utility company, retiring as an account executive. He currently resides in Arizona with his family, spending time with his grandchildren, and attending all of their sporting events.

His writing career began in 2003. He had finished reading a novel and discovered he didn’t have another book to read. He decided to write one of his own instead and it was published in 2004. He is the author of the thrillers, Dogwood Season and Confidential Bounty. He is currently working on his next novel. You are welcome to visit his website at:


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Endangered Species 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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writermandy1984 More than 1 year ago
Endangered Species is a mystery novel based on, an all too real problem facing us now in the U.S., human trafficking ring. The story revolves around the disappearance of a young 16 year old girl from Arizona. The girl’s mother is told she has a sister from a previous marriage that is a well known retired homicide detective turned private investigator who she calls to help find her daughter. Brenda is the detective we follow as she investigates the suspects and pieces together the clues leading to a dramatic and jaw dropping ending. I could not put this book down. I am writing this review after staying up all night reading this book because I could not put it down to go to bed. Human trafficking is an issue near to my heart as I work in a ministry that reaches out to ladies caught up in the sex industry. I applaud the author for realistically portraying how these girls end up in these situations and what happens in these situations. This may be a fictional work but it is the reality for millions of ladies worldwide every day. There’s no shying away from sex in this book but it is handled appropriately; the real thing is far worse than how it is portrayed here. They mystery story plot was excellently developed and executed. I like mysteries that let me follow along logically but still have some plot twists to them and this fulfilled that criteria. This is simply a five star phenomenal read for me! The only minor criticism I could think to give this book is that I wish the author had used Brenda’s PTSD more in the book…people with PTSD usually struggle at least at times through their lives and I think it could have been used more in the story. The personalities of the characters were developed and memorable and I enjoyed them but I do have to say I didn’t find myself in love with any particular character. I did picture the main character, Brenda the detective, and her boyfriend as similar to the relationship on the TV series Castle in their relationship which brought it more to life for me. It may be perhaps that I was so drawn into the plot I missed the little details that show their character instead of telling it that make us fall in love with characters. I loved this book though and I’m glad I picked it up. I wasn’t aware it involved human trafficking when I did pick it up as a mystery book. I can’t applaud the author for putting this information into a well written mystery story that can reach people who may not necessarily care to know about the topic or think it is a non-issue because it doesn’t happen here. Even among resources that educate people about human trafficking the particular angle this story takes is a unique one in that most people aren’t aware that girls will recruit other girls into the ring in order to get money and have a higher status than the girls they oversee. It is a page turning midnight oil reading book that you won’t be able to put down!