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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Crossing into Darkness by Howard Giordano is a cleverly plotted and suspenseful novel with great potential to entertain readers with a variety of tastes, especially fans of murder and crime thrillers. Luke Rizzo is a retired NYPD narcotics detective who is worried because of the message his former snitch, the Rabbit, has left him. What is even most disturbing is the urgency in the voice, asking that they should meet at the Grand Central at six-fifteen. When Rizzo comes for the rendezvous, he watches helplessly as Rabbit is stabbed to death by a hooded person. Rizzo is determined to find the assailant, but things escalate when a syndicate of sex-slavers and drug-traffickers run by Umberto Salazar kidnaps Rabbit’s niece along with another teenager, smuggling them across the border. Follow the detective through a twisty tale as he fights to free the girls and avenge a man to whom he owes so much.
The opening is strong, featuring a priest, Father Don José, involved in a scheme to transport desperate illegals across the border. The reader immediately is interested in what will happen to the two girls hidden in the priest’s car. The narrative is gorgeously written and I enjoyed how the author writes about sleuth work, bringing to life characters that are compelling and interesting to follow. It all starts with a message that plunges a retired detective into an investigation involving powerful drug syndicates. Crossing into Darkness has strong themes, including murder, drug and human trafficking, and loyalty. Crossing into Darkness is a delightful story that had me on the edge of my seat. I loved the memorable characters and Howard Giordano's excellent storytelling skills.