Title: Hanged Man’s Ghost
Author: Missouri Dalton
Publisher: Torquere Books
POV: 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Mystery, Paranormal
Detective Fynn Adder is embarking on the case that will change his life forever. The ghosts of murder victims are leaving him clues, his drinking problem is out of control, and no matter how nepotistic the Chicago Police Department might be, there are some forces his family’s reputation can’t save him from.
Just a few years ago, Fynn’s longtime partner Robert was murdered and the case went unsolved. As he gets deeper into a new investigation, it becomes apparent that somehow the two cases are connected. To make matters worse, it’s clear to Fynn that forces beyond this world have come into play.
Forces like Internal Affairs agent Daniel Voight, who’s determined to make dirt stick to Fynn any which way he can. The only real bright points in Fynn’s day are when he’s with Jack, his unfortunately straight partner. Fynn is going to have to pull himself together–because if the dead don’t kill him, his family will.
I chose this story for a couple of reasons. I love men in uniforms, so I’d take a good cop story any day. I also like paranormal stories, though I usually stick with the werewolf/vampire stuff. However, sometimes a book does not always live up to its blurb and I was really hoping this would not be the case with Hanged Man’s Ghost. In this story’s case, it far outshines the blurb.
Fynn pulls you in right away. He’s a troubled soul fighting to stay above water as he tries to get a handle on his drinking problem, the murder of his past partner, and his growing feelings for his current partner. To top it off Fynn and Jack are assigned a murder case that seems to be leading straight to Fynn. It’s hard to tell whether or not there is a connection between the two men, other than working partners. Yet as the story unravels their relationship changes and the author does a wonderful job making that transition seem believable.
Although this story is wonderfully written, and one I will re-read again, it is also hard to review. The reason for that is the mystery that is woven throughout the story. This part of the story has so many twists and turns, most you will not see coming, that it is hard to say anything without giving too much away. Many times throughout the book I was shocked by what was happening and totally loved the ending. To be honest when I finished this book the first words out of my mouth were, “Holy Crap”.
Many might wonder were the paranormal factor comes into play. The author handles that factor very well, in fact if you spook easily be prepared to have your socks scared off. I truly loved this story and hope the author plans to revisit these two again.
Reviewed By: Lydia