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One By One
Danny Ryan Thriller #2
Sarah Cain

Crooked Lane
March 7, 2017/ ISBN 978-1-68331-087-7

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Danny Ryan is trying to recover from the loss of his wife and his son. Their deaths shattered him. He spends time with his brother, Kevin, a police officer, and Kevin’s wife and their kids. Then one day, he hears from Greg Moss, a guy he went to high school with. Greg wants Danny and Kevin to help him. He’s been getting threatening text messages much like other members of their high school class have received. The problem is, the other class members ended up dead, a situation Greg is desperate to avoid!

Greg does indeed meet the same fate, and as Danny learns more about Greg’s misguided life of shady political connections and crooked real estate business deals, he comes to realize that in fact, there may have been an incident in high school that was the real motive for his death.

Then it’s Danny’s turn to receive text messages of his own, and he tries to pull together lost memories from his past before he becomes the killer’s next victim.

This is a fast-paced thriller set in the gritty areas of Philadelphia. Although I did not read the first book in the series (The 8th Circle) I was able to catch on to the nuances of the relationships between Danny and Kevin and family, and of the friendship with his fellow reporter, Alex Burton.

The mystery itself is complex and I found myself drawn deeper and deeper into the inner workings of Danny Ryan’s world. The book is not for the faint of heart, but if you love a true crime type of book, this should be right up your alley. Sarah Cain does a remarkable job of story telling for the real world, as corrupt and as scary as that can be.

Reviewed 2017