In this thriller, Detective Sami Rizzo, the only woman to reach the rank in the Major Offense Squad, is assigned to spearhead a force investigating a series of murders in San Diego, with the primary antagonist, Simon Kwosokowski, believing the Lord has granted him total authority to sanctify his victims with rituals terminated by crucifixion. Rizzo wishes to resolve the case while earning the respect of her male coworkers, although her desire to apprehend Simon independently leads to her own capture, the murderer determined to make her his next victim, and thus, Rizzo must somehow outwit Simon.
They Never Die Quietly opens with a prologue, the only chapter in narrated in the first person, in this case by Linda Cassidy, an initial victim of Simon’s brutal crucifixion murders. In the first of the main chapters, Simon awaits his next victim, with some backstory revealed revolving around his tenure as a physical therapist, a later revelation involving closeness to his mother. The second chapter introduces protagonist Sami Rizzo, who investigates Simon’s murders with Alberto Diaz. In a break from the murder investigation, Sami spends Thanksgiving with her daughter Angelina and her mother after volunteering for the less fortunate at Katie’s Kitchen.
Following a meeting with their boss, Captain Davison, Sami and Al visit Andrew McDonald, husband of one of Simon’s recent murder victims, Peggy. Simon ultimately takes Sami and her daughter hostage, intending to crucify her alongside his other victims three days after her capture, with Al essentially alone with his investigation of the case, going to the human resources department at Bayshore Hospital. Ultimately, this is a fairly enjoyable thriller that definitely keeps readers hooked and remains riveting until the very end. Those who typically enjoy novels in the genre definitely won’t be disappointed.
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.