*possible spoilers for They Never Die Quietly*
Two years before this second story revolving around Detective Sami Rizzo, she had barely escaped death by a serial killer, although she managed to apprehend him and ensure him to be brought to justice, an event that causes her resignation from police work. However, she soon receives word of a new killer, a doctor gone rogue that charms his victims before performing horrible surgical experiments upon them, scattering their decimated cadavers through San Diego County. This provokes Sami to appeal to her former boss and the mayor, who make her a homicide investigator again. While she seeks the culprit, she deals with her ailing mother, a turbulent relation with her lover Alberto Diaz, and is charged with protecting a victim who escapes the killer.
The narrative itself opens with a prologue where Genevieve Foster awakes disoriented, to be among the rogue surgeon’s initial victims. The doctor, Julian, who is married and has two daughters, contemplates his horrifying work while drinking at a bar, with his victims being part of his research and experimentation. In the meantime, Sami and Alberto toast to two years of being a couple, the two called to duty when they hear that the daughter of a Supreme Court Justice has been murdered. Another Private Investigator, Peter J. Spencer III, who specializes in shady surveillances and doubtful background checks, has his own agenda in his investigation of the rogue doctor, whose initial sketches don’t necessarily or completely resemble him. Overall, this is an enjoyable sequel, the only real hangup being occasional stylistic choices with phrases that could have easily been shortened.
Daniel M. Annechino, a former book editor specializing in full-length fiction, wrote his first book, How to Buy the Most Car for the Least Money, in 1992 while working as a General Manager in the automobile business. But his passion had always been fiction, particularly thrillers. He spent two years researching serial killers before finally penning his gripping and memorable debut novel They Never Die Quietly.
His second book, Resuscitation (Thomas & Mercer 2011), a follow-up to his first novel, hit #1 in Kindle sales in the UK and reached #26 in the USA. He is also the author of I Do Solemnly Swear (Thomas & Mercer 2012) and Hypocrisy. A Piece of You is his fifth novel, the third in the Detective Sami Rizzo series. A native of New York, Annechino now lives in San Diego with his wife, Jennifer. He loves to cook, enjoys a glass of vintage wine, and spends lots of leisure time on the warm beaches of Southern California.