A high profile murder of a Wall Street executive in Westchester pits three people against the criminal underbelly of Manhattan nightlife. The key players are two ex-cops turned private investigators—Kevin Whitehouse, whose sharpest tool is his keen analytical mind, and David Allerton, a former Special Forces operative—and Margaret Alexander, Kevin’s lover. In their search for a killer, they are forced to travel to the edge of sanity and morality, while stumbling onto their own confusing secrets as well. The Cover of Darkness is a gritty noir saga that untangles a web of deceit in the course of tracking down a brutal murderer.
When I began this book I didn’t get a great impression. The writing felt very clunky, too much description of things I really didn’t care about and I wasn’t able to follow which character was doing what. Considering it’s a murder/suspense novel I want to be grabbed by the throat and not let go. I don’t want to go back and reread a chapter because I couldn’t follow it.
But I pushed through. I kept reading and as it progressed I was grabbed by the story and the very complex relationship of Kevin and David. I don’t want to spoil it but it’s quite unique and it adds a layer of intrigue to the entire story that I quite enjoyed. That said, even at the very end I felt some significant editing could have been done to tighten the text. There was way too much detail that didn’t help the story at all. It was just “scaffolding” as a woman in my critique group calls it.
Kevin and David are ex cops turned private investigators that help out with difficult cases now and again. I wasn’t really clear at first why a relationship like this would happen but as the story progressed I understood it a little better. I personally don’t know if such a relationship between a private citizen and the police is feasible. Each man has a specific skill set which determines which interviews they tackle as part of the investigation.
The investigation itself takes numerous twists and turns so you never know exactly who the killer is. I never did make an accurate guess.
As I mentioned before the relationship of Kevin and David is different. I’m looking forward to reading further books in this series.
3 out of 5 stars
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Gregory Delaurentis spent his adult life roaming from job to job, working for Lockheed in California, various law firms in New York, and financial firms on Wall Street. Throughout this period of time, he was writing—unceasingly—finally producing a large body of work, albeit unrecognized and unpublished . . . until now. Cover of Darkness is the first in a series of upcoming books that include Edge of Darkness, Pale of Darkness and Cries of Darkness. These novels follow the lives of three individuals who do battle bringing criminals to justice, while they struggle to understand the complex relationships that exist among themselves. This intriguing trio has absorbed the attention of Mr. Delaurentis for the past year and a half, so much so he decided to self-publish their stories to bring them to a wider audience. [AUTHOR’S DISCLAIMER: These are works of fiction. Name, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.]
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