Detective "Frankie" Ryan tracks a sadistic killer while the press attacks her as a feminist vigilante who takes the law into her own hands. The only one who can help her is a tabloid reporter who can't decide if he's a psychic who sees ghosts or just someone going insane. As they search for the killer in a sunny seacoast city's seamy S&M underside, they begin to question everything they know about sexual identity. How can they find the killer before he strikes again when he defies description? Silent Partner is a paranormal mystery, a police procedure novel with a female detective that will remind you of Harry Bosch, a ghost story that suggests what lies beyond death, and a comic look at a tabloid where the truth is whatever sells.
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This review is based on a free copy received from the author but reflects my own opinion. Frankie Ryan is a detective called to a murder scene. A man and woman are brutally murdered in what looks like a revenge crime. The man worked for a gossip type newspaper and later Frankie goes to the man's office to interview his co-workers for clues. There she meets Josh Harrell, a reporter who has a psychic gift. Josh is able to see things and he gets a vision of how the murder occurred through the murderer's eyes. Convinced that Josh might be useful, Frankie and her partner take Josh along on their investigation. They learn that the male victim (Phil) was into a sadio masachist life and they have to explore the some of the shadier sides of Sea View, California for answers. The one main lead is to find A. Dominus, an unknown author who had penned three books, with high caliber writing, about the S&M world. Meanwhile Josh learns of a young girl who was kidnapped and through his powers, he is able to determine that she is still alive but is in grave danger from someone using tactics employed by the Nazis. Besides, Josh's gift he also has a guardian angel named Andy. Andy appears as a young woman and comes to Josh at various times during the book. While this book could have been very "dark," the writer chose to keep the writing more like a Sam Spade novel. There are no gruesome scenes depicted any more than in an Arthur Conan Doyle novel. Andy's character is more similar to the spirits in the old Topper series. The description on the back of the book likens the character of Frankie to Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch. Having read just about every Bosch novel, I see nothing similiar between the two. While Harry is very methodical and relentless in his approach to solving crimes, Frankie is many times clueless and wreckless. Having finished the book, I am not sure where the author came up with the title "Silent Partner." I generally liked this book but it did not absorb me like a really good thriller. If there is a sequel, I may read it but I am not in a rush to get it. Overall I rate the book closer to four stars than three stars.