"Prior Bad Acts" By D.P. Lyle: Review/Giveaway

 Review by Vicki Vass

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review and links to purchase it.

Prior Bad Acts by D.P. Lyle is the second book in the Cain/Harper Thriller series. When drug kingpin Dalton Southwell kills a rogue dealer and his family, Dalton’s brother Dennie is injured. He kidnaps Dr. Buck Buckner from the local emergency room and flees into the Tennessee hills. Bobby Cain and Harper McCoy are called in to rescue Dr. Buckner before it is too late. This fast-paced thriller delivers an edge as Cain is fighting off his own demons.

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Although it is the second book in the series, I found that it could be read as a standalone, even though I hadn’t read the first book. I did not feel as if I was missing any exposition or character introduction. I did, however, feel that the opening of the book jumped around a little bit. Chapter headings were: Present, Seven Hours Earlier, and Seven-and-a-Half Hours Earlier. I found this a little distracting. 

Cain and McCoy are compelling lead characters, especially with a gypsy upbringing for a back story. They are now focused on trying to right wrongs. It is an extremely sparse, fast-paced novel with a well-devised plot that reaches a satisfying conclusion. I would recommend it for those who are partial to hard-boiled detective novels, with a nod to police procedurals. There is some graphic violence and mentions of rapes. 

Once started it is hard to put down. This was the first book in the series that I read, but it probably won’t be my last.

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Vicki Vass traded in her reporter’s notebook to chronicle the adventures of her real-life best friends in the Antique Hunter’s Mystery series. A White Rabbit’s Tale, the sixth book in the series, came out in spring 2020. She is working on the next book in her Witch Cat Mystery series.
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  1. I've read a couple of DP Lyle's books. Count me in!

  2. Sounds interesting. thanks for the review.

  3. Love finding new series to read! tWarner419(at)aol(dot)com

  4. New author to me. Sounds like a book I would enjoy reading.

  5. I’d love to read this! Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com


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