Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Nine-Tenths of the Law by Glenn H. Mitchell


Author: Glenn H. Mitchell
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: July 25, 2015

A doomed killer’s cryptic warning, an ancient Japanese book on the occult, a family of Italian witches, a mannequin that can’t be destroyed, the murderous spirit of a dead child…

Detective Ben Ricci is not a believer. Everything must have a logical explanation, including the brutal murder of Fabrizio Lecanto. All he needs is a broken alibi or compelling motive. Instead he has unreliable testimonies, all telling the same dubious ghost story.

It’s bad timing for Ricci. He’s under investigation, struggling to save his marriage and shamefully obsessed with a key witness. To find the killer, he’ll need to control his many compulsions. Unfortunately self-control has never been Ben’s strong suit.

As the killer’s evil intent becomes clear, one cop’s stubborn cynicism will challenge the demented zeal of believers, shedding unwanted light on a society’s darkest secrets.

Glenn H. Mitchell turns to crime, creating a wickedly twisted mystery that will haunt readers long after the final page.

It's been a while since I've read a good crime or mystery novel, so I was excited to get the chance to read Nine-Tenths of the Law. Of course I'm a paranormal fan as well, so the fact that it had a bit of both worlds definitely caught my interest. 

The protagonist, Ben Ricci, definitely had some issues. He had a history of drug abuse that had almost cost him his job in the past and a wife who made being in his own house uncomfortable. He surrounded himself with people who still did drugs (his best friend and his wife). He found himself lusting after a woman involved in the murder investigation he was working. I liked Ben; he seemed like a good man and a smart detective, but it was difficult to see him making such obviously terrible choices. 

Another thing, or person I guess, Ben had working against him was the man who investigated him in a previous shooting incident: Stevie Sala. He was a typical hotshot jerk, delighting in Ben's misfortune and looking for another reason to nail him to the wall. He made an appearance at the beginning of the book, but then he all but disappeared. I loved to hate him, so I was hoping he would make more of an appearance throughout to throw wrenches in the murder investigation. He wasn't as much an antagonist as Ben's wife was; she was just the worst. She knew he still had feelings for her, and she used it against him to make him feel worthless. I know they both had their flaws, and in a way I guess she felt just as trapped in the marriage as he did; it was just infuriating to see how she treated him.

The writing was excellent; author Glenn H. Mitchell brought this murder mystery to life and the dialogue was so natural. The story definitely kept me guessing. I wasn't sure if the paranormal aspect was real, that an angry spirit was really responsible for the brutal murder, or if a more mundane explanation would unfold. I enjoyed trying to figure it out before I reached the end.

Speaking of the ending, I didn't expect that at all. Those people that like their stories wrapped up neatly with a little bow, no loose ends in sight, will be a little upset. I actually prefer open endings because a lot of times that means that a sequel will pop up in the future. Not always, but we can hope. 

If you're in the mood for mystery, murder, and a pinch of the paranormal, then you will definitely enjoy Nine-Tenths of the Law.

If you would like to learn more about the author, Glenn H. Mitchell, visit his website and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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