Tropical Depression: A Billy Knight Thriller

Tropical Depression: A Billy Knight Thriller

by Jeff Lindsay


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“A rock-solid series debut.” —BOOKLIST

Before there was Dexter, there was Billy Knight.

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Jeff Lindsay mastered suspense with his wildly addictive DEXTER series. Before that, however, there was former cop and current burnout Billy Knight. When a hostage situation turns deadly, Billy loses everything—his wife, his daughter, and his career. Devastated, he heads to Key West to put down his gun and pick up a rod and reel as a fishing boat captain. But former co-worker Roscoe McAuley isn't ready to let Billy rest.

When Roscoe tells Billy that someone murdered his son, Billy sends him away. When Roscoe himself turns up dead a few weeks later, however, Billy can't keep from getting sucked back into Los Angeles, and the streets that took so much from him.

Billy's investigations into the death of a former cop, and his son, will take him up to the highest echelons of the LAPD, finding corruption at every level. It puts him on a collision course with the law, with his past, with his former fellow officers, and with the dark aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement. Jeff Lindsay's considerable storytelling gifts are on full display, drawing the reader in with a mesmerizing style and a case with more dangerous blind curves than Mulholland Drive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626819849
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Series: Billy Knight Thrillers Series , #1
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 580,035
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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Tropical Depression: A Billy Knight Thriller 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
Right from the beginning, the author sets a fast pace with action, drama, horrific events, and intrigue. When a botched hostage rescue goes horribly wrong, LA police officer Billy Knight loses everything. It’s all too much and he leaves the force, heading for calmer waters. Key West is his final destination. He hangs up his gun and starts over as a charter fishing boat captain. Sun, cold beer, and the salty breeze over aquamarine waters give Billy a tenuous hold on his sanity. So, he wasn’t happy to see Roscoe. He’d left all that behind. He agreed to listen, but flat out refused to get involved in the investigation of the murder of Roscoe’s son, and he sent him on his way. Later, Billy goes looking for Roscoe, feeling bad about how he treated his friend and former co-worker, but he’s already grabbed a flight back home. The news of Roscoe’s murder a few weeks later hits Billy hard. No matter how much it hurts. No matter how difficult it is. No matter how dangerous it is. Billy will not rest until the killer or killers are caught, dead or alive. Billy Knight is a wounded warrior. He’s been through so much, more than most can bear. When he went back to investigate the murders, I was reminded of that saying, “let a sleeping dog lie.” Billy woke up and did whatever he had to do, regardless of anyone’s approval or cooperation. There are some guys you don’t want to get angry. You won’t like them when they’re angry. And Billy is angry. Lots of intrigue, dirty little secrets, and corruption keep you emotionally engaged. The cast of characters go from funny to sad, from boorish to just plain bad. The story never bogs down. The author helps you visualize places and scenes clearly. And the doses of humor give you a bright spot in a dark venture. I happily recommend this book and the series to all thriller and suspense fans. I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review.
Meemo_B More than 1 year ago
Copy provided by Netgalley for an unbiased review. As a big fan of Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series (books and TV show) I was excited to see that he had a new book series, then surprised to see that Tropical Depression was actually written in 1994. But many of the elements that I love about the Dexter series were there in this book, especially the humor and a strong sense of place. Places, actually - the book is set in both the Florida Keys and in Los Angeles, and he gives excellent descriptions of the good, bad and ugly of both settings. Billy Knight’s struggle to get beyond a tragic event in his past are depicted well, and he and the other characters are well-drawn. It’s interesting to watch Billy, the former cop, brush up on his detecting skills and solve the mystery that brings him back to L.A. I like Billy, and I look forward to reading the next book in this “new” series.
MaryEOS More than 1 year ago
Billy Knight is a fishing guide in Key West, hiding from his past. Of course, even though he is thousands of miles away from his old life in the LAPD, he is somehow dragged back to personally investigate a racially motivated murder. Though he tries to resist, he can’t let this case go. Billy returns to LA, back to his old friends, facing the memories of what made him run away a year and a half ago. It doesn’t take long to figure out that the murder of a young black man, trying to make a difference in the community, is being covered up as all attempts made by Billy’s partners at the LAPD to investigate have been halted, and it seems to have come from a source within the police department itself. Who could want to cover up a murder, and worse yet, is there someone in the department who would have wanted to see a young black man dead? Billy has the street smarts to hunt down the bad guys, but can he take them on himself and make it out alive? It all comes down to a crazy, nail-biting final scene that will make your blood pressure soar. Jeff Lindsay has come up with another intriguing character. He slowly paints this picture of a broken man. As the story progressed, I really began to like and feel for Billy. He has an idealistic view of the world and he genuinely wants to catch the bad guys and make them pay. He just wants justice for his friend. While Billy uncovers the corruption in the police department, you’re right beside him, cheering him on and wanting him come out on top, even though the odds are against him. There are a lot of ups and downs in this book, but the ending is amazing and will make you want to beg Lindsay for a sequel on Billy.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
I saw the title for Tropical Depression, then the cover, then the blurb and I was sold. I love exotic locations and thrills and I am always ready for some more. AND Jeffrey P Lindsay is the author of the Dexter Series. Have you read them? I have read the books and am a huge fan of the TV series. We start out in the Florida Keys on a fishing charter. Sounds fantastic to me. The man who chartered the boat is from Rochester, New York and talked incessantly about the Buffalo Bills football team. I lived in Rochester and went to more than one of the Bills games. It’s like this book is talking to me. :-) Jeffrey P Lindsay has a way with words and his descriptions of the characters make them come alive, almost as if they are standing in front of me. I missed the first obvious twist that has Billy Knight leaving the Florida Keys and returning to Los Angeles, the last place he ever thought he would be. The aftermath of the LA riots, during the Rodney King troubles, was still going strong and deadly. It is amazing that in the flick of your wrist or the snap of your finger, your life can change forever. And Billy’s had. Now, so had Roscoe’s, an LAPD paper pusher seeking Billy’s help. Jeffrey does a great job describing our hot and humid weather. I can feel the sweat dripping down my face, off the ends of my hair and running down my back, making me feel like I’m in a sauna. I love that he mentioned going in and out of air conditioned buildings and the affect that has on the human body. I enjoyed the writing, fun, snarky and witty, so descriptive I can smell the salt water and hear the cursing of the unhappy fisherman. Thank goodness I don’t smell the jail cell and feel the guys huge fists punching me in the face. lol I didn’t see the change in direction of the story. I think because I was enjoying Jeffrey’s colorful tale of the unhappy fisherman. I went from laughter to WTF! Murder, conspiracy, white power, race riots, corruption, conspiracies…do you believe in conspiracies and secret agendas? I do. Why not? Is it so far fetched, with the arrogance and the “all mine and I can do what I want” attitude in today’s elite? Or has it always been there? Could this give him a reason, a cause, a second chance to live, instead of just exist? A lot about Tropical Depression was familiar, some conspiracy with murder, driven by hatred, and Jeffrey P Lindsay kept me involved as I tried to figure out who was the driving force behind it. A bit of a surprise at the end and the last 7% cranked up the suspense level and held it until the end of Tropical Depression. I wavered between a 3 or a 4, but the locale, all the things I was familiar with and brought back memories, the thrills, and the icing on the cake, the ending, made the difference. A 4 it is. I received Tropical Depression by Jeffrey Lindsay in return for an honest and unbiased review.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I miss Dexter! :( This book is so different from the author's Dexter series. It kind of reminds me of old time mysteries in some instances, but with a modern day setting. The main character, Billy Knight, puts out a lot of sarcasm, I chuckled out loud several times. While this book started out pretty slow, setting up the characters and everything - I think he didn't have to spend so much time looking for Roscoe. Although I did like hearing about Key West - love that place! But once the story took off, it did not stop. The villain in this story was on a mission and had no mercy for anyone, be it kids or women. I saw the lightening scene way before it happened, but that was about the only thing I got right. HA! I think we will have to wait until the next book to see if Jeff Lindsay is able write a better book that takes off a little faster. After years of Dexter, I imagine it has to be hard to start all over from scratch. I know I will be reading it. A huge thanks to Diversion Books and Net Galley for allowing me the opportunity and for providing this entertaining book to read and review.