I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Laws of Wrath by Eriq LaSalle
Chinatown, New York - The butchered body of a transvestite is found in a dumpster. Nothing out of the ordinary for NYPD, except the victim just so happens to be the brother of Detective Phee Freeman. At first the slaying looks like the random act of a vicious killer, but when it is discovered that there are similar ritualistic murders throughout the city, Phee and his partner Quincy Cavanaugh, along with FBI Agent Janet Maclin, have no choice but to join forces with Dr. Daria Zibik, a brilliant but deranged cult leader. With the clock running down and bodies piling up, Phee and his partners must do everything they can to stop the bloodshed and determine if the evil they are hunting and the psychopath they are trusting could actually be one in the same.
New York detectives Phee Freeman and Quincy Cavanaugh have just recently closed the case of the ‘Martyr Maker.’ Just as both of them are about to take a break and a much-needed vacation from work, they are pulled back because the murdered body of Phee’s older brother was discovered butchered. At first NYPD thinks it may just be a horrible random act of violence but they are about to discover that Phee’s brother is just the beginning of horrendous murders that are about to take place.
In trying to track down the murderer, Quincy is concerned about keeping Phee’s sanity about him and try to make sure that he doesn’t cross the line, in jeopardizing his career or seeking a different kind of justice when his brother’s murderer is found. Not only that, but Quincy also has suspicions of his brother, being part of their previous case. Both detectives are about to be faced with the decision of how far are they willing to go for the ones they love. Will they cross that line of what their badge represent?
Laws of Wrath by Eriq La Salle was a definite page-turner. I will warn you though that the contents of this novel are very graphic, with the references to the type of spiritual worship and ritualistic murder scenes within the novel. So if you are easily offended this novel is not for you. While reading this book it unfolds like a well screened movie in your head. Which is also the main issue that I have with the book. The story moves fast, like a movie would and there is just one thing after another happening. Which really feels too much like a script of a movie. The fact that both detective’s brothers are either a part of a crime committed or committed against them is far-fetched for a novel and a movie both. Aside from that, the overall story is very good and the ending is what actually bumped up the rating to a 4 star because Mr. La Salle has me on the edge of my seat, eager to find out what will happen next.