Laws of Wrath
by Eriq La Salle
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Pub Date 02 May 2023 | Archive Date 27 Oct 2023
"All thriller; no filler―a white knuckled treat." ― James Patterson
"[A] nail-biter that never sacrifices character for plot." ― Publishers Weekly
Actor, director, producer and award-winning author Eriq La Salle does it again in the second novel of his gritty, tension-packed Martyr Maker series, which will have readers reflecting on the struggle of good versus evil and why it's not always so easy to do the right thing.
La Salle gives The Godfather an occult twist with Laws of Wrath, lightning-paced thriller about two families trapped in brutal acts of loyalty and revenge.
There are those who fight the devil within them. And those who worship it.
NYPD detectives Phee Freeman and Quincy Cavanaugh are called to the scene of a brutal murder, where Freeman learns his older sibling is the victim. At first, the slaying looks like the random act of a vicious killer, but both detectives and FBI agent Janet Maclin soon discover this is something much more sinister. Similar ritualistic murders throughout the city leave the three investigators no choice but to join forces with Dr. Daria Zibik, a brilliant but deranged Satanic cult leader. 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 and the same.
Praise for Laws of Wrath:
"Fast-paced... Characters are richly textured [and] none is without faults. Sets the hook for the captivating series." —Kirkus Reviews
"Penetrating and incisive...Laws of Wrath is outstanding fiction, with its basis firmly planted in the nonfictional evil man is capable of committing." —Lee Ashford, Readers' Favorite
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This book is not for the faint of heart. If extreme violence and gore are not your thing, you may want to pass on this novel.
Mr. La Salle continues his brilliant writing with this latest book. He has a remarkable talent for creating characters who, in spite of their actions, are likable. .None of the people in this book can be labeled as “good,” but they are interesting, engaging and entrancing all the same. I found myself rooting for them to succeed. How off is that? Antiheroes, all of them.
I felt strongly for AJ. For her life - all of it - and her demise. I really wanted her killer caught and punished. I agree with another reviewer that the funeral scene was touching and created a good feeling in me. I could picture every moment via Mr. La Salle’s wonderful ability to tell a story.
The character descriptions in this book are well written and colorful. The reader gets a complete picture of who the person is and what they are about. There are no wasted words. The plotting is linear in structure and all scenes are well described.
I cannot say enough good things about These books and Mr. La Salle’s writing ability. I am sold. I certainly hope he plans to continue the “Laws of…” series. I will gladly wait for the next in this series.
I want to thank NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for forwarding to me a copy of this great book for me to read, enjoy and review. The opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.
Yet another fantastic story from Eriq La Salle! I really like this series. I was so sad for A.J. Not just for her death but her life too. The author did a great job making me want retribution for her, and I even got a little teary at the funeral. The funeral scene was the redeeming scene that I absolutely needed with this story. I am curious if the author will continue the series though, as it is left open to accommodate it. I know there is a third part to this series which is another rerelease of a prequel, but I’d love to read future installments as well!
Huge thanks to Poisoned Pen Press and Netgalley for sending me this ARC for review! All of my reviews are given honestly!
Wow, this book had my heart racing because it was scary and gritty. Phee and Quincy are trying to solve the case of Phee’s estranged brother AJ’s murder. Clay, his father is devastated but quickly realizes it has to have something to do with his shady past. Maclin from the FBI comes back to assist the guys and together they discover a satanic cult of people who are shielding and assisting the killer to wreak havoc on people Phee knows. Impetuous and cold Phee will do anything to protect and avenge his family. I love the page turner writing style. The author’s attention to details and descriptions of criminal acts are spot on and draws you in. Character building led me to root or chastise their actions as the situation became more critical. These are some truly cold blooded folks in this book. The funeral, oh my, I broke down too. Truly a rich and powerful book; It is like watching a movie. Bravo and I hope there will be more after that ending! I am providing this honest review and thank NetGalley for providing a copy of this ARC of the book.