Crime Wave (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Crime Wave (Jimmy McSwain Files #2)
Author: Adam Carpenter and Joel Leslie (Narrator)
Publisher: Linden Corners Press
Release Date: December 7th 2016
Genre(s): Murder / Mystery
Length: 7 hrs
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Jimmy McSwain returns to help his sister’s boyfriend fight a murder charge – and finds he may just have a lead on a cold case. Hell’s Kitchen private investigator Jimmy McSwain returns in a twisting tale of past sins and present-day vengeance.

Jimmy McSwain isn’t thrilled about taking a case for free – but when his sister fears her boyfriend, Rocky, is cheating on her, he has no choice. But the case takes a deadly turn when Rocky is standing over the body of a man he was just seen kissing, and he’s holding the gun. He begs Jimmy to prove his innocence. Meanwhile, as a sweltering heat wave claims New York City, a gunman with a thirst for blood is targeting Manhattan deli owners and has already claimed two victims. Jimmy knows a thing or two about those – 14 years ago his father was killed outside a deli, and it’s possible today’s killer could be linked to that unsolved murder, one that continues to haunt Jimmy.

Enlisting the aid of sexy NYPD Captain Francis X. Frisano, Jimmy finds himself torn between the two cases, as well as the heat simmering between himself and the hot cop. Suddenly a quiet summer has erupted into a full blown crime wave.

Crime Wave is the second Jimmy McSwain Files Book, but it can easily be read/listened to as a standalone.

Crime Wave is a thoroughly entertaining story full of murder, mystery and intrigue. It’s like an episode of a fine vintage TV crime show with the “A” storyline being Jimmy trying to solve a murder and free an innocent man, the “B” plot is the series of robberies that are disturbingly to the robbery 15 years that led to Jimmy’s father’s murder, and a “C” storyline is Jimmy and sexy NYPD Captain Francis X. Frisano.

Joel Leslie’s narration is top-notch and really makes this entertaining story much better. I liked his assortment of voices and inflections and the narration did an excellent job of keeping the story afloat at times when I felt the flow of the story was a bit too wordy and excessively descriptive. 5 stars for Joel Leslie’s narration and 4 stars overall for Crime Wave.

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Audiobook of Crime Wave (Jimmie McSwain Files #2) provided in exchange of an honest review.


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