Author: Patrick Logan
Book Name: Butterfly Kisses
Series: Detective Damien Drake
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Crime
Rating: Didn’t Like
Blurb: His hands are bound behind him, a crude butterfly drawn in blood on his bare back. He isn’t the first.
When a drug addict finds the body of a man in the basement of an abandoned warehouse in New York City, Detective Damien Drake is called in to lead the murder investigation.
The victim was a philanthropist, father, doting husband, and wealthy junior partner in one of the cities most respected law firms.
He seemed to have the perfect life.
Yet when Damien probes deeper, he realizes that this man isn’t the first. His investigation soon connects this murder with another in Montreal, both of which were emblazoned with the same bloody butterfly.
What dark secrets is the NYC lawyer hiding? And what is the significance of the butterfly?
As Damien inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on him… and those close to him.
Damien’s last case cost him his partner’s life. This case threatens not only his job, but his sanity, as well. And this time, the killer may even be smarter than he is.
One thing for certain is that if he doesn’t catch the killer soon, more people will die. The only question is, will the next victim be someone close to Detective Damien Drake?
Apparently I’m going to start the year off with a good old book bash. And not in a good way.
First off, if this book had an editor, they probably need to be looking for a new job. There were so many mistakes, glaringly obvious ones that should have been caught at even a rough read through, that I was constantly tripping over problems and forced to go back and reread sentences to try and figure out what was actually being said. There was no way I was going to sink into this book with those problems. I hate to harp on edits because mistakes get made, even with good editors, but when it is as bad as this, it kills the story.
Both of the main cop characters were horrifically bad. Drake was the stereotypical bad, drunk cop that truly had nothing at all likeable about him. He broke just about every single rule with regards to investigation and interviewing, to the point there is zero chance a reader is going to buy him as a cop who still has his job. Chase’s character isn’t any better, different issues, but equally bad. The bumbling of both of them killed what was left for me after I waded through the errors.
The basic idea behind the story is decent, but the follow through falls flat.