CHARLES ASHBACHER, Nationally syndicated, Amazon Top 50 Book Reviewer;
April 17, 2009; Posted on www.amazon.com – FOUR STAR Rating: A depiction of a detective, who’s professional like expands while his personal life suffers, Mike Walsh is a patrol cop with a stable marriage and a so far unfulfilled desire to have children. He is good at this job, dedicated to preserving the peace and well respected by his peers. When his mentor Jack needs a new partner, Mike is offered the position of detective within the department. Considering it an enormous opportunity, Mike accepts and this is the story of his daily challenges.
Although Mike and Jack are on the trail of a brutal serial killer of women and an increasingly violent gang of thieves, there is no buildup to a climatic end. While the police are meticulous in gathering evidence against the serial killer, unlike other stories, there is no corresponding meticulous buildup of tension.
Therefore, it is inaccurate to describe this as a thriller, while there is action; it is not of the form where the tension is slowly ratcheted up.
Mike discovers that his new position puts a good deal of strain on him and his marriage, for now he feels personally responsible for the capture of the villains. In order to gather the evidence, it is now necessary for him to attend autopsies and examine the murder victims in great detail. This creates mental baggage that he brings home; he often works late and comes home mentally and physically exhausted.
Despite the lack of a buildup to a climax, this is still a book that will keep your attention if you enjoy stories about the daily routine of being a robbery/homicide detective. The cover announces that this is the debut novel of a “Detective Mike Walsh” series of novels. Given this good start, I believe it will be a successful one.
RAY VEROLA, Author of Oakdale, PA, on April 10, 2009, posted his FIVE STAR rating on www.amazon.com: An Entertaining Read, “The Execution of Justice” is a well-paced, exciting novel. Author Michael Phelps has created a likeable, interesting lead character in Detective Mike Walsh. There are two appealing story lines in the book; Walsh’s work as a new, fast-learning detective and the up-and-down relationship with the wife who loves him but also has a big problem with his dangerous line of work. The action is fast with many twists and turns that grabs the reader. Two twists toward the end of the book really caught me by surprise and moved the action in an interesting way. “The Execution of Justice” is an entertaining read.
ALAN MR, a Reader, posted his FIVE STAR rating on www.BarnesandNoble.com on March 03, 2009: I just read this book and found it to be exciting. It gave me an insight into how cops work, and their personal side as well. Parts are sad, but it shows dedication on the part of the detective characters. I could easily visualize what was going on in the plot. I really enjoyed it, and hope for my by this author.
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About the Author
Michael Phelps is an American swimmer. He holds the record for winning the most gold medals (8) in a single Olympics (2008). He has won 16 Olympic medals, 14 gold and two bronze. He holds seven world records and has over 20 World Championship medals.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My thoughts"Execution of Justice" is not a fast paced thriller, but an evenly flowing drama. Michael Phelps first novel shows what it is like to be a cop, both professionally and personally. While Detective Mike Walsh succeeds at his job, he fails at his marriage. While the portrayal of being on the job and dealing with criminals is fine, when Phelps writes about the home life of the detective, there is too much that doesn't need to be there, like the too much detail in what he eats, when and if he has sex. I don't know if he was trying to show how mundane his personal life was as compared to how stressful the job was. I just felt it slowed the story. Also, it is stated that this is the first of the "Detective Mike Walsh" series. If so, there has to be more conflict which builds up to a climax to keep me interested, as opposed to reading what essential is a journal of the character's life. Otherwise, it's a good start.
Mike Walsh's destiny to be a crime fighter is threatened in this interesting story of a police officer in a mental war with himself. In the aftermath of an officer involved shooting Mike gets promoted to detective. His new duties are not that much different than his old duties. He is still at the daily grind of fighting crime, and taking his daily intake of coffee and donuts, all while risking his life. But his overtime has spiked so much that he's almost never home. Joanne, Mike's 24/7 stay at home housewife who doesn't drive, feels she doesn't see Mike enough. When Mike's partner, and long time friend, Jack is killed in the line of duty Joanne is worried that Mike may be next. She wants him to resign. Mike, busy canceling crimes everyday is faithful to his wife, but enjoys his life as a cop. Joanne's mother, Maria takes a flight to visit Joanne. Joanne feels her mother is too important to take a bus or taxi to the house. Joanne employs Mike to leave work during an investigation and pick Maria up at the airport, and he is more than happy to do so. The next day, Mike comes home and finds the house empty. His wife and mother-in-law have left, and there is a "Dear John" letter waiting for him. As a result, Mike's destiny changes. An invaluable tale all too common in law enforcement.
I just read this book and found it to be exciting. It gave me an insight into how cops work, and their personal side as well. Parts are sad, but it shows dedication on the part of the detective characters. I could easily visualize what was going on in the plot. I really enjoyed it, and hope for more by this author.