Review: A Litter of Bones (DCI Logan Crime Thrillers #1) by J.D. Kirk

Print Length: 286 pages
Publisher: Zertex Crime (April 15, 2019)

From Was the biggest case of his career the worst mistake he ever made?

Ten years ago, DCI Jack Logan stopped the serial child-killer dubbed 'Mister Whisper,' earning himself a commendation, a drinking problem, and a broken marriage in the process.

Now, he spends his days working in Glasgow's Major Incident Team, and his nights reliving the horrors of what he saw.

And what he did.

When another child disappears a hundred miles north in the Highlands, Jack is sent to lead the investigation and bring the boy home.

But as similarities between the two cases grow, could it be that Jack caught the wrong man all those years ago?

And, if so, is the real Mister Whisper about to claim his fourth victim?


My Rating: 1 star out of 5

As a rule, I don't DNF books. I feel once I start something I owe it not only to the author, but to the people who read my blog, to finish it out. But holy hell do I wish I had DNF'ed this one. Or better yet, not picked it up to begin with. In fact, as harsh as it sounds, I couldn't delete this one off of my kindle fast enough. 

The book started off strong enough, setting up the story, but then it started to fall apart. To begin with, for this being the first in a series, there is a lot mentioned in the synopsis that we learn nothing about. He doesn't appear to have a drinking problem at all - there are no nights mentioned as having been spent in a bar. In fact, I don't even remember him having any downtime to even have a drink. You also don't learn anything about him having an ex-wife, not to mention a daughter he doesn't see (or seem to know anything about). He is brash, and definitely has no respect for the law he is supposed to uphold, even going so far as to practically assault a man outside of his own house (a man with a known history of drug use and a shotty memory at best).

That can be overlooked. 

I could probably even have overlooked how a man who had reached the rank of DCI and caught "Mister Whisper" ten years ago, made such a glaring error in stupidity that he endangered the life of one of the men under his command. 

What I can not overlook? 

Are the gut-wrenching overly graphic depictions of the mutilation and torture of cats that were repeatedly mentioned in this story for no reason that I can see other than shock value. They did nothing to move along the plot that could not have been achieved in a different way. 

Considering all of those things, I will not be moving on with this series. Nor do I think at this point, I would read more from this author. 


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