Today it is my stop on the Blog Tour for DAY OF THE DEAD. This is Book 3 in the Detective Tom Stone series by Don Simkovich and Lon Casler Bixby. This is a fast moving suspenseful read that will appeal to all Crime Fiction lovers.
Day of the Dead (Detective Tom Stone #3) by Don Simkovich & Lon Casler Bixby
Available from AMAZON
DOUBLE-CROSS, REVENGE, AND MURDER. IT’S JUST ANOTHER HALLOWEEN IN LA.
UNTIL DETECTIVE TOM STONE TAKES ACTION.
Multiple murders with one grisly connection have Detectives Tom Stone and Jake Sharpe pursuing every lead. Their main suspect, Anthony Angelino, fresh out of prison, dreams of building a new empire, but his past quickly catches up to him. Once again he is on the run from the police and the drug cartel that tried to ruin him.
The head of the cartel, Frank DeVito, tails Stone hoping the Detective’s investigation will flush out Angelino. Then he can exact his revenge and claim what he says Angelino has stolen – a large shipment of pure cocaine.
Angelino’s girlfriend, Sara, pleads for him to escape the deadly lifestyle. As the body count rises, Stone confronts the challenges in his relationship with Alisha Davidson, Angelino’s defense attorney.
Halloween dramatically twists into Day of the Dead celebrations as cocaine’s promised riches weave a tale of bloody betrayal, shattered friendships and loves both lost – and won.
This is book 3 of the series but the first I have read so I can confirm it works well as stand-alone. However, I do plan to go back and read the first 2 books as I would like to learn more about Tom and Jake.
The story starts with the body of a man. He has been shot and his left pinky is missing. This has similarities to an unsolved case from a few years ago and sets off alarm bells in Tom’s mind.
We then learn about Angelino (Angel) who is anything but. He is currently in prison so he can’t be responsible for the murder or can he? Tom’s girlfriend is a defence lawyer and receives evidence of Angel’s innocence in dealing cocaine so we have the complication of Tom wanting Angel inside and Aisha convinced of his innocence and that is only part of the tangled web.
Drugs, violence, women all play a part and with Halloween fast approaching things are starting to get messy.
This is a fast paced page turner with suspense that starts at the beginning and keeps building right to the end. Action all the way through it is a great read.
Tom is the main character and is a dedicated detective determined to get the bad guys and he works well with Jake. He is a friendly man and has a good relationship with his ex wife.
Angel is the opposite but there is something about him that is likeable even though he is someone that definitely shouldn’t be liked.
So what we have here is a fast paced, action packed thriller with well defined complex characters. It is well written and a very gripping read. Highly recommended for readers of Crime Fiction.
5 stars from me.
Don returned to his love for writing fiction after years of writing and narrating a radio spot series, marketing copy, and handling the pressures of a wild and crazy family life.
Frequent calls to the local Sheriff’s office, plus the intensity of handling teen alcoholism and teen pregnancy pressed stories from his mind like Earth’s weighty layers turn shale into harvestable fuel.
Well, you get the picture.
Don has fine-tuned his craft writing romance to crime fiction and the recent Tom Stone detective stories.
He lives at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains with his family, two dogs, and anyone else who happens to drop by and live for a spell.
Twitter: @donsimko @LonBixby
Lon Casler Bixby
Lon is a published author in various genres: Fiction, Poetry, Humor, Photography, and Comic Books. He is also a professional award-winning photographer whose work has been featured in a wide variety of magazines, art & coffee table books, and has also been displayed in Art Galleries throughout the world.
Lon lives out of his photography studio in Burbank, California where he shares his living space with his wonderful, albeit spoiled, Silver Lab named Silver.
Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/Lon-Casler-Bixby/e/B01K0ZDVPU/