Book Review: Killer Pursuit by Jeff Gunhus

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

 

Killer Pursuit is the first book I have read by Jeff Gunhus, but he is no newbie. Here is his bio:

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Jeff Gunhus is the author thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 100 on Amazon and have been Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists.

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.

And here is the description of the book. Keep reading below for my thoughts!

When a secret webcam is found in the Georgetown bedroom of a murdered high-society call girl, everyone in Washington, DC wants the recording…especially the killer.  After a high-society call girl is brutally murdered in her Georgetown home, investigators find two cameras hidden in the walls of her bedroom. One has its memory erased, presumably by the murderer. The second is a webcam with an encrypted connection…and no-one knows who’s on the other end. Whoever has the recordings has embarrassing leverage against some of the most powerful men in DC, not to mention a video of the murder showing the identity of the killer.

FBI Special Agent Allison McNeil is asked by beleaguered FBI Director Clarence Mason to run an off-the-record investigation of the murder because of the murder’s similarity to a case she worked a year earlier. Allison knows the most direct path to apprehending the killer is to find the videos, but rumors that the victim’s client list may include some of Washington’s most powerful men makes her doubt the director’s motives. As she starts her investigation, she quickly discovers that she’s not the only one pursuing the recording…but that the most aggressive person racing against her might be the murderer himself.

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So obviously, when the premise of the story includes a call girl, you can expect that there are a few racy scenes. So if that is something that bothers you, don’t worry, it’s mostly just at the beginning of the book.

This book definitely has several twists and turns, and I will admit, I was completely surprised when I found out who the real bad guy was! The author uses alternating voices throughout the story, which builds the suspense as well as getting the reader into the mind of both the good guys and the bad guys. There are also some sweet parts, such as Allison’s relationship with her father who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. And corrupt political leaders? What?! No way that would happen in real life. I say that with sarcasm. This was a great read and I look forward to more by Mr. Gunhus.

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