Jean M. Porro
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it is a mystery that is worth reading.
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“Marty also realized that his job was to solve gridlocked cases; he knew that he needed to strike a balance between his real job and his avocation. After all, if he got in too deep, there would be consequences.” – Chapter 4 Jean M. Porro wrote "Deceived: Murdered Innocence" to tell the story of a family’s twisted fate. Set in Rhode Island, Marty Sacco is a former detective who takes on a private matter. He soon learns that the death of a young boy leads to a world of corruption, lies, and a cold-hearted killer. At first, the author introduces the setting at a slower pace, but soon dives into the cases that Detective Sacco investigates. Somehow, there are underlying connections between each gridlocked case that leaves readers wanting more. I really enjoyed this book, and the author shows her passion for writing through her words. It was a pleasure to receive a copy to review.
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I was unaware that this story took place in the past (1960’s I believe), so that was a pleasant surprise. It is fairly short, but keeps you guessing about the killer. There were two different “cases” being looked at during the course of the book (recent murder and a cold case). I thought the recent murder case was wrapped up well, but I was left wondering if the cold case was actually solved and if the murderer was brought to justice. I received a copy of this book to review, but all thoughts/opinions are my own.
Brenda Creech
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Someone has been killing children at Hannover Academy. Detective Martin (Marty) Saaco received a call from the grandfather of one victim, wanting Marty to investigate his grandson’s murder The MO (modus operandi) differed from the other children who were molested, tortured and left to die. Paul, the grandson, had not been molested of tortured and was sedated before he died, the grandfather. Frank Gibran, is also mobster. Marty is semi-retired and works cold cases on a part-time basis. He had lost his wife two years ago and was sad morning. Did Marty want to get involved in an open case connected to the mob and outside his jurisdiction? He was already working on a cold case of murder from twenty years ago. Marty called an old friend, Jim Taylor.
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Following the fourth killing by a serial killer at large in which Paul Gibran, the ten-year-old grandson of the Providence mafia boss, Frank Gibran, was the victim, Martin "Marty" Sacco, a retired police chief, would find himself in the thick of things, as Frank begged him to take up the case. As Marty proceeds with solving this mystery, there are key differences between Paul's murder and the other victims. Could this case be the handwork of the serial killer, or is one of Frank's numerous enemies taking advantage of the situation to come for his family? The plot thickens while leads continuously produce dead ends, but in the process, past family and international secrets are uncovered, placing everyone involved in great danger.