Title: Twice As Fatal: A Jarvis Mann Detective Novel (#3)
Author: R. Weir
Published Date: Expected May 29th
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Twice the business, twice the danger and Twice as Fatal. PI Jarvis Mann has two cases he is working, making his professional and personal life twice as difficult.
Ray Malone is a promising college football star whose career is derailed by injuries When he disappears, close friend Jarvis is recruited by Ray’s father to locate him. After tracking him down a video is sent of Ray with the warning of it going public, threatening his career and those that love him.
Case two has landlord Kate Tanner hiring Jarvis to gather evidence against her cheating, thieving husband so she can divorce him. As Jarvis investigates he learns of the husband’s connection to a powerful man, with a dangerously perverted agenda that crosses into Kate’s life with deadly consequences.
Across the Rocky Mountain Front Range Jarvis tries to balance both cases, each dragging him deeper into different sleazy underworlds, jeopardizing him, his clients and their families. With danger and death all around him, he somehow must rescue everyone before this fatal business claims the lives of all involved, his life and the one he is growing to love.
Kate, Jarvis’ landlord, hires him for a relatively easy job that morphs into a complex, sinister situation when Jarvis’ other seemingly easy case intersects it. Ruthless groups with shady dealings from two towns in Colorado might be more than Jarvis can handle.
Jarvis continues to develop as a character and as a person. In Twice as Fatal, his moral fiber and good manners continue to show, and he is putting in great effort to be a better person who is worthy of the second chance he is being given by former love interest, Melissa. The cast of antagonists is huge and foreboding. Readers get to know more of Melissa as her relationship with Jarvis deepens. Emily White and Brandon Sparks who first appeared in Tracking a Shadow, have small roles in Twice as Fatal. I have to admit that I didn’t care for Weir’s adding Emily to the mix in Twice as Fatal, but par for the course, Jarvis Mann’s life is never simple and never seems to go as planned.
The book is fairly clean and the relationships are PG until the antagonists are given dialogue in the last quarter of the book. Their language is gruff, graphic and banal to depict the extent of their depravity juxtapose to Jarvis’ and his friends’ inherit goodness. While most of the book would be appropriate for young teens on up, the last part of the book might be too graphic for younger readers.
Twice as Fatal is fast-paced. The dialogue is interesting and feels natural (not forced or stiff). Weir has added in detailed descriptions that truly paint the scene for the reader. This detective whodunnit was a great escape that has me hooked on R. Weir and the series.
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