Awards & Accolades

Our Verdict

  • Our Verdict
  • GET IT

Next book

THE ART OF GOOD AND EVIL

A tense, engaging tale of vigilantism and moral ambiguity.

Awards & Accolades

Our Verdict

  • Our Verdict
  • GET IT

A recently widowed ethics professor aims to rid the world of sex offenders in this dark thriller.

Harvard professor Jonathan Poe’s world comes crashing down all at once. He loses his beloved wife and their two daughters when the plane taking them home goes down. Months later, he’s depressed and contemplating suicide. One night, while wandering through a Boston neighborhood, the martial arts–trained Jonathan stops a man assaulting a woman, ending with the assailant’s murder. Once Jonathan learns the attacker had been a child molester, he finds a purpose in tracking down like-minded criminals, using the Sex Offender Registry Board. As he goes after people in the Boston area, it doesn’t take long for local police to suspect a vigilante killer. Savvy homicide cop Minerva Morales is hot on the culprit’s trail even as Jonathan tries erasing any evidence pointing to him. Still, he knows the authorities will catch up to him someday, and he vows they won’t take him alive. But before it’s over, he may have a shot at explaining his startling acts to the public, which already seems to be rallying behind his crusade. McIntyre aptly delivers a morally complex novel. The engrossing story doesn’t glamorize what Jonathan does. Citizens may cheer him on, but he’s undeniably ready to die, as he has “nothing else to live for” without his family. At the same time, Jonathan questions the sex offender list, which includes a young woman who mooned a police cruiser. The author’s concise prose most effectively describes the protagonist meticulously shadowing his targets. The less suspenseful latter half, meanwhile, explores the legal ramifications; if caught, Jonathan will surely receive a harsher sentence than the despised sex offenders. A remarkable supporting cast entangled in the vigilante murders bolsters the narrative, from Morales to Jonathan’s college friend/lawyer Elaine Peck and his wife’s best friend, Constance Delgado.

A tense, engaging tale of vigilantism and moral ambiguity.

Pub Date: N/A

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: Dec. 21, 2021

Next book

CITY IN RUINS

If you love good crime writing but aren’t familiar with Winslow’s work, read this trilogy in order.

The dramatic conclusion to the trilogy about two New England crime families begun in City on Fire (2022) and City of Dreams (2023).

Near the end of his journey, multimillionaire Danny Ryan watches a casino implode in a mushroom cloud of dust and muses about his life’s implosions: “The cancer that killed his wife, the depression that destroyed his love, the moral rot that took his soul.” Danny is from Providence, Rhode Island, and desperately tried to leave his criminal life behind him. But using a ton of ill-gotten gains, he invests heavily in Las Vegas properties. Congress is conducting an investigation into gambling that could destroy his casino business and even land him in jail. An FBI agent plans to take Danny down for major sins he’d like to repent for. Meanwhile, can he make peace with his enemies? Nope, doesn’t look like it. Even if the parties involved want to put the past behind them, the trouble is that they don’t trust each other. Is Vern Winegard setting Dan up? Is Dan setting Vern up? “Trust? Trust is children waiting for Santa Claus.” So what could have been a “Kumbaya,” nobody-wants-to-read-this story turns into a grisly bloodletting filled with language that would set Sister Mary Margaret’s wimple on fire—figuratively speaking, as she’s not in the book. But the Catholic reference is appropriate: Two of the many colorful characters of ill repute are known as the Altar Boys, serving “Last Communion” to their victims. On the law-abiding side and out of the line of fire is an ex-nun-turned-prosecutor nicknamed Attila the Nun, who’s determined to bring justice for a gory matricide. (Rhode Island really had such a person, by the way.) Finally, the prose is just fun: A friend warns Dan about Allie Licata: “In a world of sick fucks, even the sick fucks think Licata’s a sick fuck.” A couple of things to note: This not only ends the trilogy, but it also closes out the author’s career, as he has said he’ll write no more novels.

If you love good crime writing but aren’t familiar with Winslow’s work, read this trilogy in order.

Pub Date: April 2, 2024

ISBN: 9780063079472

Page Count: 400

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Dec. 16, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2024

Next book

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DEVLINS

As an adjunct member says, “You’re not a family, you’re a force.” Exactly, though not in the way you’d expect.

The ne’er-do-well son of a successful Irish American family gets dragged into criminal complications that suggest the rest of the Devlins aren’t exactly the upstanding citizens they appear.

The first 35 years in the life of Thomas “TJ” Devlin have been one disappointment after another to his parents, lawyers who founded a prosperous insurance and reinsurance firm, and his more successful siblings, John and Gabby. A longtime alcoholic who’s been unemployable ever since he did time for an incident involving his ex-girlfriend Carrie’s then 2-year-old daughter, TJ is nominally an investigator for Devlin & Devlin, but everyone knows the post is a sinecure. Things change dramatically when golden-boy John tells TJ that he just killed Neil Lemaire, an accountant for D&D client Runstan Electronics. Their speedy return to the murder scene reveals no corpse, so the brothers breathe easier—until Lemaire turns up shot to death in his car. John’s way of avoiding anything that might jeopardize his status as heir apparent to D&D is to throw TJ under the bus, blaming him for everything John himself has done and adding that you can’t trust anything his brother has said since he’s fallen off the wagon. TJ, who’s maintained his sobriety a day at a time for nearly two years, feels outraged, but neither the police investigating the murder nor his nearest and dearest care about his feelings. Forget the forgettable mystery, whose solution will leave you shrugging instead of gasping, and focus on the circular firing squad of the Devlins, and you’ll have a much better time than TJ.

As an adjunct member says, “You’re not a family, you’re a force.” Exactly, though not in the way you’d expect.

Pub Date: March 26, 2024

ISBN: 9780525539704

Page Count: 384

Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: Jan. 5, 2024

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2024

Close Quickview