Officer Jake Holyfield is at his post standing guard near the latest crime scene. Yellow tape is around a BMW and this is the tenth such scene for the Annapolis Police Department. Jake is on his way to making Detective and this is his first up close look at a crime scene with Detective Ray Anderson. The inside of the car is a mess, contents are everywhere along with what remains of the victim. After getting more than his share of the crime scene he steps away for some fresh air. A small voice calls his name and he sees a young girl. Marybeth has something very important and valuable to give him. An object she claims he will know what to do with when the time comes. She also tells him he is trusted to save us all. One minute Jake is keeping the crime scene secure, the next he is in the middle of a mystery.
Jake is tracking a serial killer and to his surprise it turns out to be the devil. What a fun twist of events we have as we follow Jake’s movements as he gets closer and closer to solving the case. The devil, as it turns out, will give you anything want you want in exchange for your soul. You make three wishes and there yours, pretty standard operating procedure, but you also have to help recruit more followers. I really loved the scenes when one of the recruits fails and meets his or her demise. The way Suzi Albract describes the unpleasant way a failure is dealt with is pretty horrifying. I loved the use of snakes, they creep me out and it adds another layer of horror which worked really well.
I enjoyed the plot to The Devil’s Lieutenant, I had no clue for a majority of the book who or what was behind the killings. While I enjoy solving the mystery on my own, I would have liked to have known more about the devil and his storyline. I also found some of the characters a hard to love. Max, one of Jake’s long time friends was one such character. He was all over the place, I couldn’t really get a good handle on him making it difficult to understand him. Several times I came across scenes that didn’t fit the flow of the story and really slowed the momentum. This along with conversations or action that didn’t feel believable between characters left me wanting a character to love. There were a few characters that didn’t get enough attention or development for me, Marybeth was one of them I really wanted to know more about. I really enjoyed the plot the characters left me wanting more, overall it was a pretty good read.
Length: 355 Pages
Release date: February 9, 2015
Blurb: The Devil’s Lieutenant is a macabre dance of Good and Evil where nothing is as it seems. Will you dare to experience the “dance”? There are many dance partners to choose from – Dimitry Ivanovitch with his filthy promises; Jake Holyfield with his innocent belief in the power of good; Max Wilson, a conflicted soul who simply wants to care for his mother; or perhaps Mikael Ruskoff, a man driven by the fumes of pain. Or you could partner up with Carl Royce but if you do, don’t let him touch your thumbs. Need to know more?
Jake Holyfield, a young, married homicide detective, finds himself investigating a series of barbaric murders where the bodies are dissolved leaving blood, sinew and globs of fat at the scene. A mysterious informant provides insider clues on the murders that challenge Jake’s belief system. The informant claims the killer is the Devil’s agent sent to collect unpaid debts.
Soon Jake and the informant, Mikael Ruskoff, join forces to stop the killer. But Mikael is a man with deadly secrets that he holds close. Secrets like—he is on the run from the very same killer.
Meanwhile, Jake’s best friend, Max Wilson, gets caught up in the web of a mysterious man. At first his benefactor seems sent from heaven when he takes care of Max’s money woes but before long the man’s darker, more nefarious side is revealed.
As Jake’s investigation heats up, Max spirals into a dark world that he can’t escape. Their paths crisscross in an unexpected way when a grainy video is discovered that shows Max as a witness or participant to one of the murders.
Jake is warned to back-off, to end his investigation. When he refuses, the Devil’s agent threatens Jake’s pregnant wife and small child.
Soon, the lives of everyone Jake loves depend on what he does next.
Suzi Albracht, Biography-
I love to write horror thrillers with intense personal relationships between characters. I started reading earlier in life than most of my friends and spent many hours hidden in closets and under beds, sneaking in just another ten minutes of whatever book I was reading. As soon as I was old enough, my mother would send me to the library to pick up books for her. This delighted me because it opened up a whole new world of books not available in school.
I read everything I could get my hands on but was drawn to sci-fi, horror and thrillers. As I matured, I would say my main influences became Stephen King, Dean Koontz and William Faulkner. My writing definitely reflects those influences.
I can honestly say my twitter bio describes me to a T – Write, scare myself, turn all the lights on, write some more. Take a break, play pool, kick butt/get butt kicked, go write more horror, double lock door.
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