Review: Am I The Killer by Dan Petrosini
Genre: Crime Fiction/ Detective/ Psychological
Peter, a brain-injured veteran with a motive, is arrested for murder. The victim bullied Peter throughout his youth, and, on the night of the murder, he discovered the bully stole his fianceé while Peter served overseas.
Detective Luca leads the investigation but believes the marine's inability to recall events on the fateful night are injury related and not an attempt by Peter to hide the truth.
As political pressure to solve the case rises, Luca pursues other leads but evidence points at Peter. Even his brother, Vinny, who dropped everything to help his injured brother recover, begins to question Peter’s guilt.
Peter's lawyers, faced with a client either unwilling or unable to assist in his own defense, recommend he cop a plea. Frustrated, Luca attempts to move on but is haunted by an old case that fuels his obsession to determine the truth about what happened that night.
About The Author:
Dan has his own view of the world and culture or lack thereof. Married with two daughters and a needy Maltese, Dan splits his time between South West, Florida and New York City where he was born.
Dan teaches at local colleges, writes novels and plays the tenor saxophone in a couple of jazz bands. Dan has an active blog at http://danpetrosini.com and has written four novels.
My Review ( 3.5 Stars):
Story: This book has an interesting premise. It’s not very often that we look at crime fiction from the perspective of a possible criminal. As the blurb says pretty much everything you need to know before you start reading, I won’t reveal any other detail of the story. Although it does not succeed entirely, Am I The Killer makes an attempt to explore the psychological depths of a war veteran whose memory is failing him. When I began reading this book, I was thrilled by the idea of discovering the intricacies of the mind of a man who is not aware whether he committed murder. I was not quite pleased with how the story progressed. It almost seemed like Peter’s character was being dwarfed by the presence of detective Luca who inevitably emerges as a central figure in the book. I’m going to say that the story appears to be very promising but does not deliver a hundred percent. I felt the nuances of Peter’s character needed more focus.
Narrative Technique: The writing style is unique for crime fiction as I have already mentioned. The author has experimented with technique and I was impressed by the variations he has been able to introduce. But the brilliance fades towards the end. I thought the conclusion could have been better.
Final Observations: I would definitely recommend this book to crime fiction readers because it isn’t the average thriller and offers a different kind of reading experience. However, it wasn’t quite what I had expected and I must say I was slightly disappointed. I do look forward to reading other works by this author as I’m sure he has great potential.