Review: 99 Percent Kill

99 Percent Killby Doug Richardson
on August 15, 2015
Genres:Mystery & Detective
Pages: 360
Format: eARC
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99 Percent Kill follows Lucky Dey, an on-again/off-again Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detective who is both willful and acerbic to a dangerous fault. While in a holding pattern for official reinstatement, Lucky accepts a one-time gig to track down the missing teenage daughter of a Midwestern software millionaire. The novel is the first in a series, but also lives as a stand-alone thriller, winding its way through an L.A. landscape where the lights are bright, but the edges can be dark, perilously frayed, and populated with mix of human predators, amusing losers, and ambitious fringe dwellers.

*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

99 PERCENT KILL is the first book in the Lucky Dey series by Doug Richardson. It starts out with unconnected events from the point of views of several characters. At first, I was confused at how everything fit together, but it becomes clearer as the story progresses. The characters’ stories merge.

I also wasn’t sure what the goal of the story was, since no single character was in the forefront with something that he or she needed to accomplish. Around 11% into the book, we learn that Lucky is set with the task of finding Karrie, a runaway teen. Once a goal for Lucky was in place, I felt much more comfortable with the way the story was unfolding.

Sometimes the book is written in third person limited point-of-view. Other times, it is written in omniscient third person. I didn’t really like that, especially since the narrator tended to know things that the reader and characters did not. For example, we are told that someone will be shot before the character is actually shot. I think these kinds of statements were meant to be foreshadowing to increase the suspense, but they, in my opinion, detracted from the story. I don’t want to know things before they happen, unless the main character is a psychic. It’s one thing to hint at something bad to come, another to state it outright like this author did.

Despite a somewhat slow start and some point-of-view issues, I really enjoyed reading 99 Percent Kill. All the threads came together in a way that made sense. The characters were likable and believable. The latter half of the book was exciting and fast-paced. There are some great action scenes. Also, I loved the shocking twist at the end.

If you don’t mind waiting a little while to see how everything fits together, you should give 99 Percent Kill a try. I recommend it for readers who like thrillers about prostitution, human trafficking, and flawed, yet sympathetic, detectives. Lucky isn’t perfect, but he gives his all to find Karrie. I think he’s a character who will appeal to many readers of mystery and thrillers.

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