The Manila Strangler by Steven Donahue

The Manila StranglerThe Manila Strangler by Steven Donahue

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Manila Strangler is set in Philadelphia. Karen Thorn is a boxer and ex-cop, she’s now a private investigator after too many complaints about her aggressive dealings of suspects. After the murder of high profile artist Vicki Southfield, Karen is hired by Vicki’s father to help solve the case. But he insists she’s partnered with Detective Sean O’Brian, and they have to put aside their past relationship so that they can work on the case.

The killer has left very few clues, except the number 1 on the cheek of his victim. It’s a clue that he’s a serial killer. They follow up lead after lead which doesn’t get them very far until the next body is found, this one with the number 2 on her cheek. The FBI get involved and tussle for ownership of the case, whilst reporter Nick Cargo seems to be suspiciously present at too many places for comfort.

Victim number three throws a possible line of connection to the investigators, but they are still chasing clues. As well as the murder case Karen is training for a boxing match and ruffling the feathers of Pablo Ramirez. The book is fast paced and has lots of twists and turns before the murderer is found, a good quick read.

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