Monday Book Review: Officer Jones
Officer Jones (JP Warner/Officer Jones Book 1) by Derek Ciccone
But any chance to find peace shatters when he looks into the eyes of local policeman Kyle Jones. JP sees the same look he’s seen in the many fanatics he’s covered over the years. And soon finds himself on a collision course with Officer Jones, while also battling the forces within himself, as he races to cover the biggest story of his life.
Once I picked up the ebook, I could not put it down. Ciccone finds a way to hook you right at the beginning, capture your attention-even through exposition, explaining landscapes, setting up scenes, so you don’t even realize you’re being led by the nose. Ciccone is masterful in his storytelling, characterizations and relationships. Readers are led from city to city in a bizarre story of best friends in the military, to murders that share something in common but no one knows what.
Ciccone doesn’t waste any words in this premier novel in his JP Warner series. We are shown how world-weary the main character is, how he wants to return to a semblance of normalcy in his life by returning to his home. We see how difficult returning home is and maybe see ourselves in JP Warner, worn down by life-only to be dealt a crushing blow by a family member’s untimely death.
This sets the mood for this modern noir and I applaud Ciccone. I give 5 stars.