Death On A Dark Street

A killer prowls his hunting ground

Fiction - Crime
260 Pages
Reviewed on 01/13/2019
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Author Biography

Fred Dickey is a popular novelist, a much-honored journalist, and a Pulitzer Prize nominee. In this book, he makes danger real and brings cops to life. Dickey lives in Cardiff by the Sea, Calif. with his scientist wife, Kathy.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

“It occurred to me last night that when you die, so does everybody else.” This rather deep statement, uttered by one of the many detectives trying to zero in on what appears to be a serial killer in Death On A Dark Street by Fred Dickey, lingered in my mind after I finished reading this crime thriller which, in many ways, is so much more than just another “whodunit”. Here’s why. While the plot is centered on Detective Jaye Peoria and her team’s efforts to nail “The Dark Street Assassin” - who chokes downtrodden women, douses them in bleach, and leaves no clues to his identity - several other themes are explored through the interesting and colorful cast of characters of Jaye herself, her police department comrades, criminal offenders and a psychologist who provides a romantic angle. What might be especially interesting to female readers is seeing the lengths to which Jaye must go to be accepted by her colleagues, from being comfortable with male cop jargon, jokes and attitudes while inwardly coping with her female reaction to seeing her own sex heartlessly murdered and discarded like rubbish.

Readers who are intrigued by the effects of a perpetrator’s past on their present criminal activity will enjoy the psychological profiling coupled with the methods used by the police to narrow down the suspect list. And as always in crime thriller fiction, what can be more riveting than learning just how evil the narcissistic killer is, how clever he believes he is, and seeing him finally caught after the author has managed to keep us turning pages to the very end before we discover his identity. Overall, Death On A Dark Street is an entertaining read that offers suspense relieved by humorous cop banter, along with a little sex and romance and plenty of other issues to think about after you close the book. Enjoy!