Being stymied by a murder investigation that’s going nowhere is bad enough. Now, Sam and Ski, L.A. Detectives, are being hounded by Kate Newberry, who wants the two investigators to get to the bottom of her grandfather’s seemingly unrelated murder. Reluctantly, this unlikely trio follows an expanding, bi-coastal trail that leads to dozens of potentially related murders with a common HOW. Eventually, the WHY becomes clear. Frantic, can they connect all of the dots in time to determine WHO'S NEXT?
“Fun, fun read! Key Man delivers vivid characters, action and an intriguing plot. Key Man is a police procedural novel for the cerebral reader who likes to be drawn into a well-crafted narrative.”
“Key Man reads like binge watching a Netflix drama/mystery series. Based on my 45 years as a practicing therapist, I can say that the psychological profiles of the characters in Key Man ring true.”
“A gripping read that keeps you on edge as you try to put the pieces of the story together. As the team of unforgettable characters searches for answers at the root of a series of ruthless and targeted murders, we are drawn into their struggle to find the killer. This one is on the short list for our book club!"
Plot: Huffstutter’s novel moves fast and furious and is meticulously plotted. Just when the reader thinks that the detectives have it figured out, Huffstutter throws a curveball into the action and ends the book with a surprise that will leave the reader wanting more.
Prose/Style: Skillfully crafted prose engages the reader, while organic dialogue allows the characters to come alive.
Originality: A surprise ending and a crime that is financially motivated will leave readers enthusiastically waiting for another installment.
Character Development/Execution: Huffstutter balances numerous characters as the novel's mysteries are revealed and pieced together. The characters are true to their roles and grow throughout the story and in tandem with one another. The rookies are idealistic and overly eager, while the experienced ones prove to be more hardened. Readers will cheer for the team of sleuths in this appealing novel.