My Review of Caribbean Moon, a Manny Williams thriller, by Rick Murcer (@RickMurcer)
I picked up this book at the Michigan Authors on Michigan Avenue event in December 2012 and finally had the opportunity to take it up and read it. I was excited to be reading something from a fellow Michigan author, and thrillers are kinda my thing.
Caribbean Moon is written in a gritty, raw, cop-speak fashion and I had to look at Mr. Murcer’s website to see if he is or was a policeman. I could not determine that from his biography, but went ahead with the book, thoroughly enjoying the style of writing.
Manfred (Manny) Williams is our hero, a hard-working, dedicated, obsessed detective who has more trouble letting the job go when on vacation than he has wearing a bowtie (which annoys him a great deal). A detective for eleven years, Manny has built his reputation for being a good cop and great detective who uses intuition as well as trivial clues that lead to arrests.
In Carribean Moon, Manny and his wife join with several other couples to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends’ son and a cruise around the Carribean. Should be paradise, right? Manny and his wife, Louise, are determined to relax and enjoy the cruise in order to strengthen their bond and forget about the results of Louis’s last mammogram. They would get back to everyday life, cop work, and doctor’s appointments after the cruise.
But it is not meant to be as Manny is pulled into a brutal murder case that seems to have ties to a case from his past and a criminal he thought was behind him but now seemed to be a prime suspect in the recent deaths. Manny and his fellow police officers must put aside their excursion to hunt down a killer hiding among the passengers of the cruise ship, haunting them every step of the way, always seeming to be ahead of them no matter how hard they tried.
The story is riveting and compelling, twisting and heart-breaking as Manny tries to protect his friends and the woman he holds most dear from a maniac that seems to have evolved into a world-class monster.
Rick Murcer will take you along for the thrill ride of a lifetime and leave you wondering who, what, where, and how will the killer be stopped. I recommend picking up this first in the Manny Williams series. I know I will continue reading Mr. Murcer’s books.