Detective "Frankie" Ryan tracks a sadistic killer while the press attacks her as a feminist vigilante who takes the law into her own hands. The only one who can help her is a tabloid reporter who can't decide if he's a psychic who sees ghosts or just someone going insane. As they search for the killer in a sunny seacoast city's seamy S&M underside, they begin to question everything they know about sexual identity. How can they find the killer before he strikes again when he defies description? Silent Partner is a paranormal mystery, a police procedure novel with a female detective that will remind you of Harry Bosch, a ghost story that suggests what lies beyond death, and a comic look at a tabloid where the truth is whatever sells.
My Review: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
Silent Partner is a mystery with a paranormal element. Main character Josh Harrell, a tabloid reporter and author, develops psychic powers and helps the police solve a couple of crimes. In some ways it was two novels in one, as the reader follows both Detective Ryan who struggles in a male dominated police force and Josh as he stumbles upon psychic vision after vision.
I loved Josh--he's the type of character that I'd love to follow from novel to novel. His advice column alone could fuel quite a few mysteries. His 'friend' Andy is also interesting, and I'd love more information about her. I didn't like Frankie as much as Josh--not quite sure why, but I enjoyed the scenes with Josh much more.
The police investigation was interesting. A few of the scenes between Frankie and her partner Landry were quite amusing. I appreciated Frankie's willingness to bring in a psychic after Josh proved his worth. The two work well together. I think I would have enjoyed the story a bit more if it had focused more on Josh and the newspaper. Every time Josh entered the scene, I perked up. The murder mystery was well done. In fact I had no clue who the murderer was until the reveal.
Overall, I really enjoyed Silent Partner. If you like police procedural mysteries with a touch of the paranormal, be sure to add this novel to your TBR list.
About the Author
Stan Schatt grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and now resides in Carlsbad, California. He has written thirty-five books on a wide variety of subjects ranging from fiction to technology. He is co-author of Journey to a Different Dimension, an Amazon bestseller. He also authored Egypt Rising, a YA novel focusing on a teen’s experience in Egypt at the time of the Egyptian revolution of 2011. This novel contains paranormal elements including a secret buried under the Sphinx. The paranormal mystery Silent Partner is Schatt’s latest novel.
He has led several careers including futurist and executive for many of the world’s leading technology market research firms, police department administrator, autopsy assistant, software trainer, Telecommunications Department Chairman, and English professor. He taught at Tokyo University as a Fulbright exchange professor. His non-fiction includes books on such diverse topics as strategies for changing careers for a green industry job, studies of Michael Connelly and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., network and data communications technology, telecommunications, computer programming.