The Art of Dying + Giveaway
TAMPA, Florida – Award-winning author Derik Cavignano revisits his popular character Detective Ray Hanley in The Art of Dying (Dark Corners Press, September 20, 2019).
When the bizarre death of a mob foot soldier sparks an escalating war between Boston’s Irish and Italian mafia, Detective Ray Hanley’s relentless search for the truth uncovers evidence of a serial killer obsessed with the art of human suffering. As the body count rises, Detective Hanley must navigate a minefield of crime families, dirty politicians, and crooked cops, while matching wits with a deranged serial killer. Temptation, betrayal, and death threaten to derail the investigation… and justice doesn’t come without a price.
This fast-paced police procedural examines the darkest corners of the human mind, exposes powerful political corruption, and depicts an honorable detective striving to balance the horrors of the job with his commitment to his family.
I will give props to the hype. This book is partly reminiscent of The Silence of the Lambs. I have read some very, very twisted things in books over the years. Example: A vigilance turning a guy into hamburger meat and sending it to his family. The family and friends eat him at a barbeque.
Yet, the things in this book that the killer does all in the name of "art" actually had me speechless and almost losing my lunch a couple of times. This is not what made this book for me. Thank goodness or I might have needed to book an appointment with a psychologist.
No, it was Detective Hanley and the overall storyline. It was refreshing to have a detective that was competent and likeable at the same time. Although, the killer was present in a big way as well. There were clues given about his motives but not a lot as to keep the mystery about the indemnity. Which, I will admit that I had no clue who it was until the reveal. I look forward to reading more books from this author including more Ray Hanley books.
Warning: This book features violence, rape, gore, etc.
Derik Cavignano: A native of Boston and a writer since high school, Derik Cavignano currently lives in Florida with his wife, children, and an angry cat who won’t stop biting him. He writes character-driven thrillers in a variety of genres, including horror, sci-fi, and crime. His novels include “The Righteous and the Wicked” and “Colony of the Lost” (a 2016 Silver Falchion Award finalist for best horror). His upcoming crime thriller, The Art of Dying, is due for release in fall 2019. Connect with Derik on Twitter @DerikCavignano or visit his website at derikcavignano.com. I have 1 copy to giveaway. US only. Please leave a comment with your email address. Extra entry if comment on Instagram post. Winner chosen Sept 28th.