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A Known Evil - Aidan Conway (book review)

A Known Evil by Aidan Conway is the first book in his Detective Michael Rossi series of books. Having never heard of Aidan Conway before and being intrigued by the line at the top of the novel "A seriel killer stalks the streets of Rome..." this was something I had to give a read.

This novel is about Detective Michael Rossi who after being put onto the case of a seriel killer who is killing their victims by using a hammer, however when the case gets too close to home he gets taken off of the case however this doesn't stop hi from working on it and coming closer to understanding the killer.

The first part of this book  is when you find out about Michael Rossi as well as that the killer is killing woman who have children! This making the story interesting right away as this seems to be the only thing that the victims of the "Carpenter" have in common. Also as the case gets closer to home with his girlfriend being a victim of the "Carpenter" Rossi gets taken off of the case, but this does not stop him from actively working on the case.

The second part of A Known Evil Rossi finds out that his ex-girlfriend had recently died and goes to investigate and make sure that although he ended it that she had a good life away from him after over a decade of time passing. While doing this Rossi finds some more clues about the "Carpenter" however nothing he thinks could be of any relevance to the cases taking place in Rome. Also a reporter who is one of the minor characters goes to Sicily to investigate what is happening down there especially in terms of the mafia and the Vatican. While trying to return home there is an assassination attempt on the reporters life after finding out some very valuable information.

The third and final part of the novel Detective Rossi and his partner put into plan catching the "Carpenter" and come to find out who the killer is and the motives behind the killings as well as why the pattern seemed to change after the first couple of murders had taken place. Also at the end of the book in the Epilogue you do get to find out what happened to all of the minor characters that you are introduced to throughout the novel.

I found this book although it had a gripping story and one I wanted to know more of, I found this book really difficult to read due to the writing style and changing who the story was following a lot of times while adding too many minor characters. As well as this at times there was Italian spoken which I did not understand so left me a little confused about what was being said. This did make me not enjoy the book as much as I wish I did.

I would recommend this book who would like a new crime series to read as well as those who like a mystery book. Personally this wasn't a book in which I particularly enjoyed however I do think with some tweaks to the writing style this is a book I would have loved.

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