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About the Book
A Knife’s Edge; Eliot Parker
Adult; Thriller; 277 Pages
Headline Books (October 12, 2018)
Six months after a drug cartel infiltrated Charleston, Ronan McCullough continues to fight the drug war that plagues the city. His investigations are halted when the body of a mutual acquaintance, Sarah Gilmore, is found in the trunk of a burning car. In an investigation that takes him deep into the professional and personal life of the victim, McCullough discovers secrets lurking in her past, and a tangled web of personal and professional conflicts, suspicion, and betrayal. Was Sarah killed for those reasons or something larger? As Ronan seeks answers, his life and the lives of those closest to him are used as pawns in a deadly game that has no ending.
About the Author
Eliot Parker is the author of four novels, most recently “A Knife’s Edge”, which was an Honorable Mention in Thriller Writing at the London Book Festival, and is the sequel to the award-winning novel “Fragile Brilliance”. His novel “Code for Murder” was named a 2018 Finalist for Genre Fiction by American Book Fest. He is a recipient of the West Virginia Literary Merit Award and Fragile Brilliance was a finalist for the Southern Book Prize in Thriller Writing. He recently received with the Thriller Writing Award by the National Association of Book Editors (NABE) for his novels.
Eliot is the host of the podcast program “Now, Appalachia”, which profiles authors and publishers living and writing in the Appalachian region and is heard on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network and Blog Talk Radio. A graduate of the Bluegrass Writers Studio at Eastern Kentucky University with his MFA in Creative Writing and Murray State University with his Doctorate in English, he teaches English at the University of Mississippi and lives in Oxford, Mississippi and Chesapeake, Ohio.
Dark, slow but steadily paced, and well written, A Knife’s Edge will place you on the edge of your seat as you discover twists and turns that reveal not all is as it seems, and you shouldn’t trust everybody. But, keep in mind I’m not saying you shouldn’t trust people. I’m just saying be careful with your trust.
Ronan McCullough, one of Charleston, West Virginia’s finest cops, has witnessed one of many events that trigger a chain of deaths and puts his nephew and boyfriend in danger. However, they aren’t helpless. And Ronan can’t do this alone. Not when he’s more at stake than the others.
A Knife’s Edge is enrapturing, brilliant, and surprising, as it keeps you in suspense, and fills you with the necessary feelings needed per scene. I love this book as it kept up an even pace, but didn’t resolve itself right away. It makes you question who to trust, who not to trust, and where Ronan’s loyalties should lie in general, as a good murder mystery should.
However, POV changes are often in this book, which tends to drive me crazy. But maybe that’s a “me” thing. Another issue I had with this was the opening scene. It didn’t really serve any purpose to the plot that I saw. Maybe I’m missing something, but I still don’t know how it affected anything in the storyline or setting, as it was never brought up again.
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