Saturday, December 7, 2013

{Review} RUSSIAN HILL by Ty Hutchinson

ISBN #: 978-1493540594
Page Count: 356
Copyright: October 27, 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

(Taken from back cover)

A killer is loose in San Francisco, and he’s collecting body parts.

SFPD has no witnesses and no suspects, but FBI Agent Abby Kane believes a dead hiker found ten miles north of the city is the key to solving those crimes.

The detective involved with the case thinks Abby might be chasing a ghost down a rabbit hole, but the more Abby digs, the more she realizes she’s only scratched the surface of what is happening.

Charlene's Review:

Russian Hill is book one in a three-part Chasing Chinatown series. In book one, FBI Agent Abby Kane is finally relaxing into her low-key position after her last big case. When a young woman is found murdered, with an axe in her chest, Abby is pulled in to investigate, and the investigation quickly becomes a hunt for a serial killer. Teamed up with local SFPD Detective Kyle Kang, they set out to find the clues that will stop the killings.

Disclaimer: This is the 6th book I’ve reviewed for Mr. Hutchinson. I idolize him. I am totally biased by his previous books. Expect nothing less than a 5 star review. That being said, if Mr. Hutchinson is not on an FBI watch list yet, I’d be surprised.

If you are a reader of the thriller/crime genre, the Abby Kane series is the one for you. As in all of his previous novels, Russian Hill starts strong, and finishes even stronger. Abby Kane is a spirited, down-to-earth agent that uses her brain and intuition to tackle the cases before her. The crimes are well thought out, always with a twist, and often on the graphic side. While not usually my favorite thing to read about, Mr. Hutchinson has a way of getting into his characters heads and making them so realistic that the reader can actually visualize what is happening for themselves.

Balancing the crime aspect, and the personal side of his characters also adds to the readers pleasure. When the killing gets too much, there is just the right amount of wit, and familial interaction to keep it light. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series, and what his (possibly troubled?) mind comes up with next.

I cannot recommend Ty Hutchinson highly enough.

*A physical copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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