Saturday, August 2, 2014

A Beautiful Madness - by Lee Thompson - Crime noir

4 of 5 Stars

Lee Thompson writes Dark Fantasy and Noir fiction under his own name, Coming-of-Age Suspense as Thomas Morgan, and Supernatural Thrillers as Julian Vaughn.  The dominating threads weaved throughout his work are love, loss, and learning how to live again.  All three of those threads are present in his new Crime Noir novel, A Beautiful Madness.

Although, I wasn't entirely comfortable with the author's first-person narrative, by the end of the story I have to admit it was an enjoyable experience.

Thompson's characters are complex.  There are no clear-cut good guys and bad guys, everyone is drawn in several shades of gray.

I wanted to give a brief synopsis of the story without giving to much away.  Not an easy task.  It'll be safer to just copy the book description.

"A Texas Senator and his wife go missing...On the same day, their son is slaughtered by an enigmatic killer on the lawn of ex-Governor Edward Wood' s residence.  Sammy, Wood' s drug-dealing son, suspects his father of the crime.  After all, his old man snapped once before and crippled his wife with a lead pipe.  But there's something more to these events...something deeper and festering beneath the surface..."

Thompson is a an adept story-teller revealing key puzzle pieces slowly throughout his story until it all falls into place at the end.

A Beautiful Madness will be released on August 5th, 2014 through from Darkfuse Press.  It will be available in both print and electronic formats. If you're an Amazon Prime member you can read it for FREE through the Kindle Owner's Lending Library and you can also get it for FREE with Kindle-Unlimited.