Penchant for Vengeance

Penchant for Vengeance

by Robert Downs

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Penchant for Vengeance by Robert Downs

Charlottesville, Virginia, Police Detective Luke McGinty has a closet filled with demons, along with a few skeletons; a steady job, but no steady partner or girlfriend; and is still married to his wife Sallie, even though she's been dead for three years. Then his detective work takes a turn for the worse when a body is discovered at the downtown mall. One dead body isn't enough, though, and another one turns up. When ties to a cold murder case in another county present themselves, Luke realizes that, if he doesn't tread carefully, he could end up short more than just a few answers...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158937835
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 08/19/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 8,598
File size: 361 KB

About the Author

Robert Downs aspired to be a writer before he realized how difficult the writing process was. Fortunately, he'd already fallen in love with the craft, otherwise his tales might never have seen print. Originally from West Virginia, he has lived in Virginia, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and now resides in California. When he’s not writing, Downs can be found reading, reviewing, blogging, or smiling. To find out more about his latest projects, or to reach out to him on the Internet, visit the author’s website:

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Penchant for Vengeance 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am glad it was a free book!!!
CozyFan2014 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely terrible book. I had to abandon it by page 7, because I was becoming really annoyed. Right off the bat, the book has problems, as it is overly detailed about things that don't matter at all to the plot or the scene - extensive descriptions that are just irritating. The protagonist is an egotistical, apparently quite religious Christian, who for some reason snarks at the beliefs - or lack thereof, since she is an atheist - of a woman whose husband was murdered 2 years previously. Why he is questioning her is anyone's guess, since the way in which her husband was murdered seems to bear absolutely no resemblance to the current murder case he is working, except for some vague religious references (at least in his mind). And she was cleared as a suspect. His reason for talking to her is, according to what he tells her, to get ideas about how the killer thinks - though how this is connected to his current case is unclear. Since when does a police detective bother a widow about her husband's unsolved murder, in order to "gt ideas" on how a killer's mind works? That doesn't make any sense, is completely unprofessional, and isn't anything I've ever heard of police doing. The dialogue is stilted and stereotypical. The protagonist is right, and everyone else is wrong and/or dumb. He's not at all sympathetic and, quite honestly, doesn't even seem particularly bright. I don't know what to make of this mishmash, but I am deleting it off my Nook and I am so glad I didn't pay for it.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Penchant for Vengeance reads like a Scandinavian police drama – the kind that works great on TV, with a slow draw-out of who the killer might be. Well, you get the same effect here, but in book format. Police Detective Luke McGinty has a closet filled with demons. He’s still haunted by the memory of his wife Sallie, although she’s been dead for three years. He lives for his work, even more so when his newest job involves a body that indicates it might be the first of many… The body is found at the downtown mall, an unidentified male victim. Soon after, a second victim is found, and Luke connects the cases with a cold murder case abroad. As Luke becomes engrossed in the killer’s wicked play, he realizes he might be battling true evil. The tension had a slow build up, but I like that – the action wasn’t immediate, but rather you get a suspenseful feeling that lingers under your skin for the duration of the book, and you realize you can only relax when you’ve finished reading. A slow-burning thriller that will appeal to fans of the mystery genre. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.