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Deadly Enterprise (Mike Stoneman Thriller #2)

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This second book in the series has Mike investigating the death by overdose of a young prostitute, while recovering from a serious injury.

Synopsis

THE DEAD GIRL THEY FISHED OUT OF THE EAST RIVER WAS A DRUG ADDICTED HOOKER, SO NOBODY CARES. Except that M.E. Michelle McNeill thinks it’s a murder. When NYPD Homicide detectives Mike Stoneman and Jason Dickson start investigating, they encounter unexpected obstacles that point in a disturbing direction.
Every death is a tragedy, and every murderer should be exposed, even when nobody wants to hear about it. In order to uncover the truth, Mike and Jason have to go outside the lines, and risk their own reputations, jobs – and lives. This case is one that Mike can’t walk away from, no matter how much he wants to. “Championing the forgotten turns deadly in this pulse-pounding edge-of-your-seat crime thriller.” Bruce Perrin, author of Killer in the Retroscape. “Unique and twisted. Another home run by Kevin Chapman!” cheers Michelle files, author of The Many Lives of Ivy Wells.
Harry Bosch fans will love this fast-paced police thriller, from award-winning author Kevin G. Chapman. Book #1 in the Mike Stoneman Thriller series, Righteous Assassin, was named one of the top 20 Mystery/Thrillers of 2019 by the Kindle Book Review. The series continues here.

Deadly Enterprise is the second book in the Mike Stoneman thriller series, set in New York. I read the first, Righteous Assassin, and enjoyed it, but you could easily read this one as a stand-alone, as there is enough of a recap of previous events from the first book. I actually liked this one even better than the first as the characters have matured and the well paced plot relies on suspense about their fate rather than obligatory twists. I received a free copy from Reedsy in exchange for an honest review.


Set a few months after the events of Righteous Assassin, Mike is undergoing rehab following his shoulder injury, and enjoying his relationship with Michelle the Medical Examiner. His partner Jason is temporarily paired with the arrogant and impulsive Ray. When a young woman washes up dead of an overdose, the top brass are not interested, wanting them to focus instead on the murder of a local shopkeeper, because it’s causing political and racial tensions. However Michelle suspects that other young women have died in the same way, and persuades Mike to look into it unofficially, drawing him into the web of a prostitution ring run by a shady cop with mob ties...


Chapman has written a believable and very readable thriller, sensibly moving on from the serial killer plot line of the first book to a more typical murder investigation, but with plenty of complications to keep it interesting. I liked the way the relationship between Mike and Jason has evolved, even when they’re not working together, as well as Mike’s loyalty towards his former partner Darren. The fact that he also has to endure months of painful physical therapy felt realistic too - so many heroes seem to bounce right back into the next case after being shot, which never rings true.


The departmental politics were another indication that the author knows his way around a police department but they didn’t overshadow the plot. Touches of humour lightened the tone - like the grumbling of a police force deprived of their donuts because of a rat infestation! It’s well written, the action is easy to follow, and it’s much less gruesome than the first book, with no gratuitous violence or sex, and the language was true to life. I also really liked the cover image which sets the tone perfectly. Recommended for fans of Harry Bosch.






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I’m English but have lived in NZ for 19 years.
I’ve always been a serious reader, and have been reviewing on GoodReads for years, but in the past few years have developed my reviewing through NetGalley and now Reedsy. I mostly read mysteries and thrillers, although enjoy other genres in between.

Synopsis

THE DEAD GIRL THEY FISHED OUT OF THE EAST RIVER WAS A DRUG ADDICTED HOOKER, SO NOBODY CARES. Except that M.E. Michelle McNeill thinks it’s a murder. When NYPD Homicide detectives Mike Stoneman and Jason Dickson start investigating, they encounter unexpected obstacles that point in a disturbing direction.
Every death is a tragedy, and every murderer should be exposed, even when nobody wants to hear about it. In order to uncover the truth, Mike and Jason have to go outside the lines, and risk their own reputations, jobs – and lives. This case is one that Mike can’t walk away from, no matter how much he wants to. “Championing the forgotten turns deadly in this pulse-pounding edge-of-your-seat crime thriller.” Bruce Perrin, author of Killer in the Retroscape. “Unique and twisted. Another home run by Kevin Chapman!” cheers Michelle files, author of The Many Lives of Ivy Wells.
Harry Bosch fans will love this fast-paced police thriller, from award-winning author Kevin G. Chapman. Book #1 in the Mike Stoneman Thriller series, Righteous Assassin, was named one of the top 20 Mystery/Thrillers of 2019 by the Kindle Book Review. The series continues here.

Chapter 1 – A Very Bad Date

      THE GIRL ON THE FLOOR in the skimpy red dress groaned softly and rolled her head to the side. The corner of her right eye was caked with dried blood. A gooey scarlet trickle ran down toward the dirty blond hair hanging in unkempt wisps around her ear. One of the thin shoulder straps of her dress was snapped off, allowing the shiny material to peel down, exposing the top half of her small breast. A knot on her forehead the size of a golf ball throbbed an angry shade of red with each heartbeat.

           “We should dump her in the river,” a male voice said, without a hint of anxiety. He sat casually on the edge of a bare wooden desk in a Spartan room lacking any semblance of charm. The bed, covered with a drab brown comforter, was pushed up against the wall in front of an imitation leather headboard with large buttons holding in the padded surface. Next to it, a nondescript lamp glowed on a stained nightstand. There was no art on the walls and the floor was industrial-grade carpet with a swirling pattern that hid most of the remnants of prior visitors. The air smelled of musty sweat and industrial-strength disinfectant. The calm man, by contrast, wore an expensive suit and a gold Citizen watch. He was tall and fit, with graying black hair that was carefully groomed. He looked decidedly out of place in the dumpy room.

           “She might not drown, though,” a different voice replied. “She’s not hurt that bad. Look, she’s coming around.” This second voice was agitated and came from a much shorter man, who paced within the cramped space. He was thin and wiry. He ran his hand through a head of brown curls, pondering his next move. He wore blue jeans and a plaid button-down shirt. His gaunt face looked like it was pushed together from the sides, with large eyes and a bent nose. “We’ll make it look like an overdose, but make sure she’s dead. We don’t want her ending up in an ambulance like the last one.”

           “Not many people accidentally go in the river, Eddie,” the first man said, still without emotion.

           “She’s an addict. She can OD, then there’s lots of reasons somebody might toss the body in the river.”

           “All of those reasons involve somebody trying to hide something.”

           “Yeah, I know, but what other options have we got? She was gonna run. She knows who you are, so sending her into lockup ain’t gonna be safe.”

           The first man stood up, stretching his arms above his head. He was much bigger than his companion and thick, like the trunk of a sturdy tree. He looked down at the girl, who had brought one arm up to her head. She was clearly going to open her eyes in a few moments, but she was no threat to jump up and run away. “I don’t want to get in the habit of just shooting up every girl who gets out of line.”

           “Nobody has said boo about the others,” replied Eddie, who stopped pacing. “I can go upstairs and get it from the doc.” He glanced nervously down at the girl, then back up at his comrade. “I’ll go right now.” The taller man nodded, and then Eddie scurried to the door and disappeared into the dimly lit hallway beyond. The heavy door slammed behind him with a loud thump.

           The girl partially opened her eyes, then blinked several times. Once she focused on the tall man, a shadow of fear passed over her expression and she started to cry. “I’m sorry,” she sobbed, her body shaking, causing the remaining fabric of her dress to fall completely off her left breast. “Please. I won’t say anything. I promise. I’ll be good. I’ll be–”

           Her voice was snuffed out by the man’s vicious kick to the side of her head, which then lolled in the opposite direction as her eyes re-closed and she sank back into unconsciousness.

           The tall man looked down, dispassionately. “You’ll be dead, Sweetheart.”

About the author

Kevin G. Chapman is a labor lawyer who lives in Central New Jersey. Kevin has written four novels and several short stories, including the award-winning "Fool Me Twice," which was the genesis of the Mike Stoneman character. Kevin enjoys golf and tournament poker when he's not writing. view profile

Published on December 02, 2019

90000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Thriller & Suspense

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