WHAT MATTERS BLOOD

Tom Wallace, Author . Behler $16.95 (337p) ISBN 978-1-933016-08-5

In this sluggish first novel from sportswriter Wallace (The Kentucky Basketball Encyclopedia , etc.), serial killer Eldon Wessell taunts Lexington, Ky., homicide detective Jack Dantzler with letters that reveal an intimate acquaintance with the detective's past. Dantzler suffers from inner demons, including a drinking problem and recurring nightmares induced by his mother's unsolved slaying when he was a youngster, yet his 17-year stint on the force has produced an incredibly perfect record: 33 homicides; 33 killers caught, convicted and sentenced. It would appear to be an unequal contest as Eldon's ritualistic killings become more frequent and the police form a special task force to hunt him down. Instead, Dantzler follows too many trails the reader already knows to be false, while the increasingly important role of a rookie homicide cop, Laurie Dunn, in the investigation and in Dantzler's personal life distracts from the dynamics of the two-person contest. Hopefully, the author will produce a tighter plot next time. (Dec. 30)

Reviewed on: 11/15/2004
Release date: 01/01/2004
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 334 pages - 978-0-9960867-4-5
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