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Breakneck - Erica Spindler

Publisher: Sphere
ISBN: 978 1 84744 199 7
February 5th, 2009

Image: Front cover of the book 'Breakneck' by Erica Spindler.

Erica Spindler, with her thirteenth novel, Breakneck, has pushed the envelope in being able to recount a story that is at once both intriguing and compelling in just about every aspect. With characters such those represented here, it is little wonder she is regarded as amongst the finest in American crime fiction and it can only be hoped that hers will become as much of a household name in the UK as Patricia Cornwell, Sue Grafton or Kathy Reichs.



Detective Mary Catherine Riggio is on the cusp of marriage when her husband-to-be is murdered outside her cousin, Tommy’s, house for no apparent reason whatsoever.

However, with a clutch of other murders taking place – including that of Tommy himself – that all too soon grab the attention of the FBI, Riggio launches into an investigation in which risks everything to uncover the truth.

This is such a solid story, when its finished it might be possible to pick it up immediately and start M.C.’s journey all over again.

Tight prose, snappy and believable dialogue, fabulous scene setting and a terrific, unrelenting pace make this a standout novel that should not be missed. Indeed, the only problem with it is lies in the fact that once you start it the end will come way too soon. A truly fabulous novel that leaves a reader hungry for more.




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