The case of a murdered groom takes a detective to unexpected places.
A beautiful country wedding outside New York City turns grisly when the groom, wealthy and well-connected Henry Fullington, falls from the church’s bell tower only moments before the beginning of the ceremony, his body already “torn apart like a rag doll.” A missing best man, a hidden bag of cocaine and a crime scene trampled by panicked guests are all waiting for police officers when they arrive. Then Xavier King arrives, driving “his SL 550 Roadster into the parking lot with seemingly no rush in the world.” X, as his colleagues call him, is a suave, handsome and brilliant detective who commands the respect and admiration of everyone around him, even when he’s arrived in shorts straight from his boat. Yet this high-profile murder pits him against pressure from the governor’s office, local park police trying to overstep their bounds and a rising body count. Soon, X makes the disturbing revelation that more than one person might have been after Henry that day—and that’s only the beginning of complications he’ll face trying to catch Henry’s killer. Double crosses, crooked cops, a diabolical former lover, and a surprising conspiracy spanning all the way to Italy and involving St. Benedict all come into play as the case evolves at a rapid speed toward an exciting finale. Fans of blockbuster thrillers like Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code or the works of James Patterson will appreciate this book’s similar hero and global scope. Leatherbury packs a lot of surprises and action into short, compulsively readable chapters, and by the end, the story has covered a wide range of characters, locations, conspiracies and multiple murders. Fortunately, Leatherbury keeps the threads from becoming confusing or contradictory. Narration can be clunky, though, because of redundant information or too many irrelevant details, such as constant references to the designer brand names everyone is wearing. But she also packs in some genuine surprises and shocks sure to satisfy thriller fans.
Won’t disappoint readers looking for a solid thrill ride.