Ebook and print - Otherworld Publications - Novel
Tbr Reviewer: R.B
When Drake breaks protocol on another brutal murder scene, endangering his rookie partner, his captain demotes him to the booking cage. But when another body is discovered and both victims are identified as struggling literary agents, the NYPD Chief of Detectives decides Lou's writing experience could benefit the case and pairs him with his old partner one last time. As they look for clues in the struggling publishing industry, Drake finds himself thrust into the middle of a serial murder case where a methodical perpetrator is systematically killing those who rejected him. Drake must revive his old detective prowess and trust his writer's intuition to try and solve the case, while possibly exposing the truth about the old Hennings investigation - a secret that would expose a web of corruption that could shake the NYPD to its core.
Former Detective Lou Drake has been on a downward spiral for the last 10 years and is willing to do whatever it takes to get through the next few months until he can retire. While on a call with a rookie cop, Lou Drake does the unthinkable and lets his partner check out a scene alone. When his partner is injured and a gruesome crime scene is discovered, Drake is thrown into the “cage” where he will spend his last days with the force. That is until a co worker decides to give him the information he needs to clear his name. Drake also decided that he is going to delve back into the wonderful world of writing by using the current murders as inspiration for his book.
Thomas Matthews seriously knows his stuff. I have never been a big fan of crime drama; however, after reading Rejection, I am reconsidering this decision. Mr. Matthews had me from the very beginning of this story as told by the main character Lou Drake. This story had murder, mystery, corruption and suspense. I am usually so good at decoding who the “bad guy” is in a story; however Mr. Matthews had me guessing at every turn.
REJECTION moved at a good pace, the characters were great and the plot was remarkable. I can’t say that I had one character that I liked the most, they were all great! I was a bit surprised at the ending though; I really thought there would have been more justice served.
I love that Mr. Matthews showed what it is really like for all writers out there, their struggles and their gift. He made a point in showcasing that not everyone can become a published author, just because you have a type writer, word processor, computer or even old fashion pen and paper. There is A LOT more to becoming an author than simply having the tools.
Kudos to Mr. Matthew for highlighting his gift with this novel.