Judith D Collins
The Dead Room
By Robert Ellis
Publisher: Robert Ellis
Narrated by: Jim McCance
Publication Date: 8/5/2014
My Rating: 4 Stars
A young woman is found, brutally murdered and left on gruesome display in the "safety" of her own home. The atrocity kicks off an investigation into a bizarre string of increasingly disturbing murders, all believed to be perpetrated by someone of unprecedented savagery and cunning.
As the city's panic rises, civil attorney Teddy Mack is thrown headlong into the grisly homicide case - and into a world of dirty politics and corrupt justice, where deceptions are as deadly as the killer's twisted secrets. Now, another woman is about to meet the same horrific fate as the others. To end a madman's reign, Teddy must enter his maze - a place of unimaginable terror and shocking revelations.
With his second thriller, L.A. Times best-selling author Robert Ellis delivers an explosive listen with full-blown characters caught in a world stacked with twists and turns and an emotional intensity that burns white-hot. The Dead Room serves as the introduction to City of Fire and remains a truly one of a kind find.
Robert Ellis', The Dead Room is a riveting and intense crime mystery psycho thriller of a deranged serial killer, a politically driven prosecutor, an unethical justice system, and a conspiracy with twists and turns, which will leave you speechless. Be prepared for a scary, twisted, and gruesome roller coaster ride of your life.
In Philadelphia, a young teen girl, Darlene Lewis is getting ready for her boyfriend, while her parents are out of town and is murdered, in a horrific gruesome manner. She has been skinned and glued to a dining room table. The mailman, Oscar Holmes has been charged with the murder. She had been taunting him, and he has a past; his fingerprints and teeth marks are found on the body and a neighbor witnessed the mail carrier running away from the crime scene, drenched in blood, at the approximate time the crime was committed.
Next you have Teddy Mack, a young attorney, with a horrible past. His father was convicted of a murder he did not commit as was set up. Due to this, he does not want to get into criminal law, as is a real estate attorney with Barnett and Stokes Law Firm.
One of the partners in the firm, where he is an associate takes on a murder case and asks for Teddy's help. The partner claims that he has accepted the case as a favor to the alleged murderer's family, who are his friends. He wants Teddy to convince a local law professor with a national reputation to work with them on the case. Despite his issues with his father's death, he is told that all he will be asked to do, since the defendant obviously committed the heinous crime, is to eliminate the death penalty as an option and make sure that the accused is sentenced to life in an institution for the criminally insane, as opposed to the state penitentiary.
Teddy begins to believe despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Holmes is innocent and due to his background and wrongful conviction of his father, he is driven to help Holmes as he walks into a world of dirty politics, corruption, and lies, as deadly as the killer's twisted secrets.
An intense and gripping crime thriller, of a serial killer, a political conspiracy and revenge. Cannot give away the twist at the end; however, will say, the book was intriguing and unpredictable, with a corrupt criminal justice system. Too good!
If you like a dose of shock, terror, complexity, demons, homicide, twisted, murder, ambition, betrayal, justice, courtroom drama, political, crime thrillers, suspense, action, and can stomach some gruesome acts of violence combined with some great writing, and a surprise ending, this book is for you.
I listened to the audiobook and the narrator, Jim McCance was quite chilling, which made it even more spooky and realistic. Looking forward to more by Ellis!
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