The Execution of Justice
CHARLES ASHBACHER, Nationally syndicated, Amazon Top 50 Book Reviewer; April 17, 2009; Posted on www.amazon.com FOUR STAR Rating: A depiction of a ... Show synopsis CHARLES ASHBACHER, Nationally syndicated, Amazon Top 50 Book Reviewer; April 17, 2009; Posted on www.amazon.com FOUR STAR Rating: A depiction of a detective, who s professional like expands while his personal life suffers, Mike Walsh is a patrol cop with a stable marriage and a so far unfulfilled desire to have children. He is good at this job, dedicated to preserving the peace and well respected by his peers. When his mentor Jack needs a new partner, Mike is offered the position of detective within the department. Considering it an enormous opportunity, Mike accepts and this is the story of his daily challenges. Although Mike and Jack are on the trail of a brutal serial killer of women and an increasingly violent gang of thieves, there is no buildup to a climatic end. While the police are meticulous in gathering evidence against the serial killer, unlike other stories, there is no corresponding meticulous buildup of tension. Therefore, it is inaccurate to describe this as a thriller, while there is action; it is not of the form where the tension is slowly ratcheted up. Mike discovers that his new position puts a good deal of strain on him and his marriage, for now he feels personally responsible for the capture of the villains. In order to gather the evidence, it is now necessary for him to attend autopsies and examine the murder victims in great detail. This creates mental baggage that he brings home; he often works late and comes home mentally and physically exhausted. Despite the lack of a buildup to a climax, this is still a book that will keep your attention if you enjoy stories about the daily routine of being a robbery/homicide detective. The cover announces that this is the debut novel of a Detective Mike Walsh series of novels. Given this good start, I believe it will be a successful one. RAY VEROLA, Author of Oakdale, PA, on April 10, 2009, posted his FIVE STAR rating on www.amazon.com: An Entertaining Read, The Execution of Justice is a well-paced, exciting novel. Author Michael Phelps has created a likeable, interesting lead character in Detective Mike Walsh. There are two appealing story lines in the book; Walsh s work as a new, fast-learning detective and the up-and-down relationship with the wife who loves him but also has a big problem with his dangerous line of work. The action is fast with many twists and turns that grabs the reader. Two twists toward the end of the book really caught me by surprise and moved the action in an interesting way. The Execution of Justice is an entertaining read. ALAN MR, a Reader, posted his FIVE STAR rating on www.BarnesandNoble.com on March 03, 2009: I just read this book and found it to be exciting. It gave me an insight into how cops work, and their personal side as well. Parts are sad, but it shows dedication on the part of the detective characters. I could easily visualize what was going on in the plot. I really enjoyed it, and hope for my by this author.