Montana Wylde, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, has been on her own since she was seventeen. For the past eight years, she's split her time between law school and the luxury call-girl service she founded with best friend Suzette Peterson. She's about to take the bar exam when Suzette vanishes and Montana must put her dream of the law on hold.
Montana seeks help from the NYPD, but they're apathetic, and focused on finding the "Church Murderer" -- a serial killer who tortures streetwalkers to death and then displays their bodies in city churches. So she teams up with Tom O'Malley, a former homicide cop turned private investigator.
Montana and O'Malley discover well-hidden aspects of Suzette's life that leads to the highest levels of city government. They begin to believe that her disappearance may be part of a cover-up.
But then Suzette's tortured body turns up in a church convincing the NYPD that she is another victim of the Church Murderer. Montana and O'Malley have their doubts and decide to continue their own investigation. And as they dig deeper, Montana realizes she is being watched ...
|Publisher:||Nothing Ventured Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)|
About the Author
Melinda's unique background gives her a rare perspective on high and low ends of the sex industry, as well as those who fall prey to its allure. Her personal experiences, as well as her training in psychology helped in creating The Purified.
Melinda and her husband divide their time between Boston and San Francisco. She is working on The Deceived, the second novel in the Montana Wylde mystery series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite The scenarios and characters who people The Purified by Melinda Tyler are something that the author knows very well. She has lived much of what she has woven into this rather realistic thriller based on the sex trade. Those unfamiliar with the world of prostitution, high-end call girls, and escort services will get an education on everything from the weird sexual fetishes and fantasies for which these "ladies of the night" cater, like a lawyer who gets off on having pies thrown all over him, to the more sinister and horrific possibilities of encountering the "CM," who terrifies the streets of New York in The Purified. The CM stands for Church Murderer. He justifies his own sexual lust by brutally murdering the hookers he hires and praying over them before leaving their dead bodies upright in church pews, to be discovered by the faithful. The female protagonist, Montana Wylde, who has been studying to become a lawyer while moonlighting as a high end escort, fears that her best friend, Suzette, an aspiring actress and also call girl, may have fallen victim to the CM when Suzette suddenly goes missing. What follows is a desperate search by Montana and the police to find Suzette. They do, and she has become a victim, but not to whom they suspected. At the risk of spoiling the reader's enjoyment of The Purified, I'll divulge no more of the plot. Melinda Tyler is a very good writer with an excellent command of language, a creative mind, and a fondness for back stories on the sex trade and the characters in her book. The author weaves a good plot, and has great control of language, description and dialogue. While very interesting, the back stories do slow the momentum of the plot, especially in Part One. But readers are hooked early in The Purified and the ending is worth the wait. Enjoy!
The novel is a deviation from so many mysteries. The female protagonist, Montana Wylde, is in a profession that many judge and frown upon but she's so much more than that, if you can get past the stereotypes. She's also about to become an attorney, so she's smart and extremely motivated. Her background of overcoming sexual abuse in childhood, as well as her inner grit at tackling NYC at seventeen, makes her tough, unusual, but vulnerable at the same time. Without giving away too much, when her friend and partner disappears, Montana goes on a full time investigation with a former homicide detective, O'Malley, after the NYPD tell her they cannot investigate a missing call girl when there's no evidence of foul play. A missing call girl is nothing to them, given the manhunt they are on to capture a serial killer that the media has dubbed 'The Church Murderer' (CM) because after kidnapping, torturing and killing the streetwalkers, he leaves their bodies propped up in churches around Manhattan. As the NYPD investigate this deranged killer, Montana and her lovable but flawed sidekick O'Malley go on an investigation that makes them question whether there's a coverup at city hall leading to the most prominent city politicians. But then Suzette shows up in a church...leaving Montana and O'Malley baffled and the NYPD sure that she's another victim. I recommend this book and look forward to getting to know more about Montana Wylde's mysteries and her natural sidekick O'Malley. The book makes you want to cheer her on. For every woman who has suffered any kind of abuse, it's a wonderful to see how karma really does come back to slap people in the face.