Paperback: 294 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Dr. Lauren Crawford is a brilliant research scientist who discovers a revolutionary treatment for cancer that not only extends life, but much improves the quality of life for terminal cancer patients. The treatment, in some instances, can even cure certain cancers. On the evening before Dr. Crawford holds a press conference to announce that the FDA has given preliminary approval of her new cancer treatment, somebody follows her to her car and puts three bullets in her head. Was it a planned murder with a motive, a mugging gone badly, or merely a random act of violence?
Two New York City homicide detectives, Amaris Dupree and T.J. Brown, are assigned to the investigation. The detectives evaluate the circumstances surrounding Dr. Crawford’s death, and follow a trail of clues that exposes a sequence of startling facts. One by one, the detectives carefully examine each suspect and piece together a puzzle with unimaginable implications. As the investigation gets more intense, and the detectives get closer to solving the murder mystery, someone threatens Dupree’s life. The detectives now realize that Dr. Crawford’s murder was much more than a homicide. And if they don’t arrest the murderer soon, Dupree might be the next victim
Daniel M. Annechino, a former book editor specializing in full-length fiction, wrote his first book, How to Buy the Most Car for the Least Money, in 1992 while working as a General Manager in the automobile business. But his passion had always been fiction, particularly thrillers. He spent two years researching serial killers before finally penning his gripping and memorable debut novel They Never Die Quietly. His second book Resuscitation (Thomas & Mercer 2011), a follow-up to his first novel, hit #1 in Kindle sales in both the USA and UK. He is also the author of I Do Solemnly Swear (Thomas & Mercer 2012). Hypocrisy, is Annechino’s fourth novel.
A native of New York, Annechino now lives in San Diego with his wife, Jennifer. He loves to cook, enjoys a glass of vintage wine, and spends lots of leisure time on the warm beaches of Southern California.
Not to long ago my 89 year old neighbor told me she thought they had a cure for cancer, but since it is such a big money maker for the medical and pharmaceutical communities it would never be made public. I though she might be a little radical. Then I came across a couple of articles online that pretty much surmised the same thing. Maybe she wasn’t so radical after all. Not too long after this conversation I got a request to review Mr. Annechino’s book and I jumped on it!
“Only in light of the fact cancer research, cancer treatment, cancer prevention is a multi-billion dollar enterprise. Do you have any idea how many people are employed just because there is no real cure for cancer? Do you have any idea how much the pharmaceutical industry makes treating cancer patients with chemotherapy drugs? Ca you even begin to imagine how many hundreds of research centers there are worldwide that are funded by the American Cancer Society, The National Cancer Institute, and other non-profit organizations, and private investors? How about radiology, oncology, surgery? What if Dr. Laura Crawford’s clinical research validated her theories, if she had developed an effective treatment for cancer, the entire landscape of cancer research and treatment would dramatically change. So is murder the justification to keep things as they have always been or is there another motive for her death?”
Good police procedural. I liked the controversial premise for the crime, watching the characters relationships grow, and following the detectives methodically sift through evidence, weeding out red herrings and suspects to the dramatic end.
Mr. Annechino asks a few questions of the reader at the end of the book…
Did the book make you want to turn pages? Yes it did!
Were Dupree and T.J. fully developed? Yes, I felt they were. You felt like you knew them by the end of the book.
What did you think of the plot? Excellent!
Was the story plausible, original? Absolutely!
Did any plot twists surprise you? Yes, but I can’t tell you which because it would spoil the story for you.
Overall, what did you like and dislike about Hypocrisy? I didn’t really connect with Dupree although she was an interesting character. I liked the pace of the plot line, and the subject matter. Lots of interesting suspects too!
Thank you Mr. Annechino for my autographed copy and iRead Book Tours for letting me read this excellent thriller!
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