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Author: Alton Gansky
Publisher: B Books
Publication Date: 05/01/2013
Synopsis from Goodreads: A man’s lifeless body is found in the fresh soil of San Diego’s botanical garden. Cause of death is asphyxiation, an easy call for the medical examiner. More mysterious, however, are the tiny drops of blood on the victim’s skin, resulting from hundreds of punctures.
A rabbi leaving his house for work expects a regular day at the synagogue. That quickly changes when he discovers a dead man on his front lawn, clearly beaten to death.
Motorcycle riders racing along the empty streets of an abandoned military base stumble across another man’s corpse, its skin revealing long, red-purple marks of a thrashing given with wood dowels.
The numbers mount. Each week another victim and another mysterious clue in a game of mass murder the police don’t want to lose. The solution rests with Dr. Ellis Poe, a religious professor who only wishes to be left alone with his books and classes.
But evil must be faced, and the choice is no longer his own.
Wounds by Alton Gansky is a Christian mystery thriller but with a twist – you don’t have anyone having revelations that bring them to Christ at the end of the book. I’m not saying this is a bad thing – I am saying it’s a tiny bit on the odd side.
However, that could be forthcoming as it seemed to me that there were hints of a possible previous book and I wouldn’t be opposed to reading more books with Carmen Rainmondi as the lead homicide detective.
I had a difficult time putting Wounds down. I read it in a matter of hours, something I’ve found is a natural occurrence when the book is really good and I have nothing else pressing to do (like final exams or attending classes lol). The book moved fast and kept me engaged. I also kept wondering what was going to happen next – in fact at one point from a physical description given of a character I thought I’d found the murderer – and turned out to be wrong. This was not one of those books where you “knew” from the beginning who did it.
Like I said before – I would love to read more books with Carmen Rainmondi as the lead homicide detective. I give this book four stars only because it seemed to me that in a few places, the book was jumbled – almost as if another book had somehow gotten trapped in the pages of this one.
I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.