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In Never Say Goodbye, Richard Parker introduces us to
Detective Tom Fabian. Changes are taking place in his personal life that are
presenting many challenges. He and his wife have decided to separate, and their
daughter will be leaving home to attend college. His professional life is about
to take a very dark turn due to a tragedy that occurred within his Department.
He has been assigned the position of Lead Detective on a case involving
multiple murders. There are no clues, no witnesses, no suspects, and the
investigation is at a standstill.
His boss, DCI Metcalfe, expects progress, and insists Fabian
stay away from the press on this one. Tom had previously been the Lead
Detective, and driving force behind the apprehension of a serial killer. In
that particular case, the press had been helpful with the capture. Tom became
the face of the Department with the media, but Metcalfe mistrusted the press,
and was determined that level of publicity for both Fabian and the Department should
not occur with this case.
At the time Tom took over the lead position, there had
already been four murders, with the victims being one man and three women. The
murders occurred in different parts of the city, and no connection between the
victims was apparent, except for the weapon and their manner of death. They
were all stabbed with the same knife, and the killer inflicted post-mortem stab
wounds to their faces. Was this an attempt by the killer to instill fear
throughout the city? Was the killer trying to send some type of message?
Fabian eventually figures out what links the victims, and it
is as disturbing as the crimes themselves. The victims’ last names are street
names, and the sequence of their murders follows a particular route. Which
street name will be next on the route, and without any clue as to direction,
how can the police identify and protect any potential targets? What association
does the killer have with these particular locations? Detective Tom Fabian is
racing against a killer’s clock to an unknown destination. Who will cross the
finish line first?
Never Say Goodbye pulls you in right from the very
beginning. The plot is fast-paced, and filled with twists and turns, and the
characters are genuine and engaging. Now that I have met Detective Tom Fabian,
I can’t wait to tag along with him on his next case. This is Book #1 with this
character, and it is a gem. I am really looking forward to Book #2, and then
some. If you enjoy a dark crime thriller, Never Say Goodbye is definitely for
you, and I recommend it very highly.
Never Say Goodbye will be available to order on August 14, 2018.