Cornered by Alan Brenham.
He’s haunted by the memory of a kidnapping case gone wrong…
Not wanting history to repeat itself, Detective Matt Brady struggles to solve the disappearances of seven young women, but he quickly finds himself pitted against a criminal organization that knows as much about police procedure as he does–an organization that will do whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of him.
His troubles are compounded when a young veterinarian injects herself into the investigation and is targeted to become victim number eight.
When he tries to protect her, he finds himself in the crosshairs of a professional cop killer. Can Brady solve the case in time to save his new love, or will this investigation be the death of both of them?
Review by John J. Staughton: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Thrilling from Start to Finish – Don’t Miss This One!
…You can always tell when a writer knows his subject matter in a deep and meaningful way. There is a certain quality in the phrasing, an honesty in the tension, and (when the stars align) brilliance in the overall product. Brenham made it clear that not only is he vastly knowledgeable about criminality, the legal system, police procedure, and criminal organizations, but he is also a clever and creative author who knows how to convince a reader to fall for a character right before putting them in harm’s way. I was riveted by this novel, and although it is the first, I have read from Brenham, I’ll certainly be checking out the others.
…The only thing I found a bit implausible were a few loosely tied together plot details that seemed to sloppily be wrapped up, but they were hardly consequential, and didn’t keep me from ripping through these pages in less than a week. Brady makes for a killer protagonist, and seeing him facing up against open-faced evil and cruelty was emotionally exhausting. I wasn’t a huge fan of Tracy, although she had a few redeeming moments; their entire connection seemed slightly contrived, whereas his emotions regarding his past were so visceral and believable.
…Anyways, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to be thrilled into reading for a whole night straight, and then waking up a little bit sad that you reached the end. Nicely done, Mr. Brenham – this is a real hit!
Paperback: 316 Pages
Publisher: Black Opal Books (October 6, 2018)
Thrillers (Police Procedurals)
Thrillers (Crime Action & Adventure)
Thrillers (Suspense Crime Fiction)
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About The Author: Alan Brenham is the pen name of Alan Behr. He worked as a Texas law enforcement officer for over twenty years and as a criminal prosecutor and later criminal defense attorney for over twenty-five years. Today he lives in Texas with his wife, Lillian, where he’s working on his seventh novel.
His first crime novel, Price of Justice, won several awards including best in police/crime fiction. It also became a top 100 international bestseller. A second novel, Cornered, was released by Black Opal Books on July 13, 2014. Rampage, a sequel to Price of Justice, was released on July 4, 2015. His fourth book, Game Piece, was released in October 2018. A fifth novel, Hidden Intentions, was released on December 3, 2020. A sixth novel, titled No More Lies, is ready for the publisher while a seventh book, set in Paris, is being written.
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