Published March 15, 2014
Trade paperback, 294 pages
Reviewed by guest blogger: Laura Hogan
Who would kill Dr. Lauren Crawford? As a brilliant research scientist on the verge of announcing preliminary FDA approval of her new cancer treatment, her loss is a particularly shocking one. Through her story, Hypocrisy considers the business of helping people get well—and the ‘advantage’ of keeping them sick.
New York City homicide detectives Amaris Dupree and T.J. Brown must determine if Dr. Crawford, found in her car with three bullets in her head, is the victim of a random act of violence, or was it something more? The pair open up the life of the young scientist, her inspiration, her work, and her relationships. The strength of the story is in the interviews. Dupree and Brown ask the right people the right questions—without any strange gimmicks or wild coincidences, they gradually piece together the full picture.
More of a police procedural than a thriller, this book will likely appeal to fans of the (original) Law & Order type of narrative. Mind you, while the TV series deliberately avoids developing the personal lives of the individuals in the homicide division, Hypocrisy’s two detectives on the case have backstories that both round out the characters and advance the storyline. The only problem was that the T.J. Brown subplot was a touch too intriguing. I found myself wishing that it could have been drawn out even more.
Hypocrisy is a well-written novel, outstanding in its clarity without being overly simplistic. With a few deft strokes, author D.M. Annechino outlines each of the characters and weaves an engaging story.
Note: As per the LCR rating system, I would have to rate this novel as P/S, as it does have a handful of expletives (when the characters are provoked to anger) and there is one sex scene that is neither overly graphic nor gratuitous.
Daniel M. Annechino, a former book editor specializing in full-length fiction, wrote his first book, How to Buy the Most Car for the Least Money, in 1992 while working as a General Manager in the automobile business. But his passion had always been fiction, particularly thrillers. He spent two years researching serial killers before finally penning his gripping and memorable debut novel They Never Die Quietly. His second book Resuscitation (Thomas & Mercer 2011), a follow-up to his first novel, hit #1 in Kindle sales in both the USA and UK. He is also the author of I Do Solemnly Swear (Thomas & Mercer 2012). Hypocrisy, is Annechino’s fourth novel.
A native of New York, Annechino now lives in San Diego with his wife, Jennifer. He loves to cook, enjoys a glass of vintage wine, and spends lots of leisure time on the warm beaches of Southern California.
Disclosure: Thanks to the author and iRead Book Tours for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.