Adult Book Review

The Death of Anyone by DJ Swykert

The Book:

side+crop+of+paperback+image+TSTME (1)Book Title: The Death of Anyone

Book Author: DJ Swykert

Page Count: 222

Publishing Date: February 23rd, 2013

Publisher: Melange Books

Date Read: November 18th, 2017

Synopsis: Detroit homicide Detective Bonnie Benham has been transferred from narcotics for using more than arresting and is working the case of a killer of adolescent girls. CSI collects DNA evidence from the scene of the latest victim, which had not been detected on the other victims. But no suspect turns up in the FBI database. Due to the notoriety of the crimes a task force is put together with Bonnie as the lead detective, and she implores the D.A. to use an as yet unapproved type of a DNA Search in an effort to identify the killer. Homicide Detective Neil Jensen, with his own history of drug and alcohol problems, understands Bonnie’s frailty and the two detectives become inseparable as they track this killer of children.

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The Review:

The Death of Anyone is a gritty, hard hitting, crime thriller! This one will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you enjoy dark, intense, murder mysteries, this one is for you!

I was really intrigued with this story. DJ’s writing style captured the intensity, and grittiness of the world of hard crime. I felt my heart racing as I read. I was deeply immersed in to the harrowing world of Detroit Homicide.

This is the second book I have read from DJ, and I have to say, that I really enjoyed it. I couldn’t put it down. I felt like I was watching a crime movie. I was so involved in the world, and the writing, and conversation style, made me feel like I was in the heart of Detroit, hunting a serial killer. The way DJ built the world, and plot for this one, not only delivered a gritty, suspenseful page turner, but also delivered raw emotion that reflected “the human condition.” It wasn’t just a story about finding the killer of little girls, it was a love story, and a “people” story.

I loved Bonnie Benham’s character in Three-Fingered Jack Davis, so I knew I would love her in this one. She was strong, fierce, and human. She had morals, but sometimes crossed those boundaries to questionable depths for the sake of catching a criminal. She was beautiful and powerful, but also flawed in ways that made her feel like a real person.

Just like  Three-Fingered Jack Davis, this one was quite different than my usual reads. It was intensely satisfying, and fascinating. It drew out the “CSI” lover in me, that I lost so many years ago. It had an enjoyable inelegance to it. I would definitely recommend it to readers who love adult hard crime thrillers.


Thank you to the author for sending me this free copy in exchange for my honest review!

Content warning for strong language, some sexual content, and discussion of the rape and murder of little girls.
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