Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Broken Sigil

Broken SigilBroken Sigil by William Meikle

When Internal Affairs agent Joe Connors is called to a crime scene, he's surprised to find his former partner, Johnny Provan, dead with a strange sigil carved into his abdomen, gunned down by another cop. What drove Johnny Provan insane, causing his partner to shoot him? And what did that have to do with the affair Provan had with Joe's dead wife?

This is the twenty-fourth book in my Kindle Unlimited Experiment. For the 30 day trial, I'm only reading books that are part of the program and keeping track what the total cost of the books would have been.

William Meikle serves up a supernatural noir tale of love, loss, and the afterlife in Broken Sigil. Joe Connors canvases the building his former partner was gunned down outside of and finds that the building harbors a connection to the afterlife. After learning the particulars, Joe moves into one of the vacant apartments and tries to pick up where Johnny left off.

I love the concept of an apartment whose rooms are a connection to the afterlife and Melke uses that setting to really noir things up, using a DVD of the Maltese Falcon as a plot device. Joe would have slipped into oblivion had things not gone off the rails, leaving him with a mystery to solve.

The ending was a little brutal but ultimately satisfying. Extra points for the Dark Tower reference. I am an addict and the DarkFuse novella series is my drug. Four out of five stars.

Current Kindle Unlimited Savings Total: $127.86.

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