Monday, February 10, 2020

Book Review: 'Kill Crime: A Jeff Case Novel' by Mike Slavin

Kill Crime by Mike Slavin

A major new talent, an impressive new book!

Texas author Mike Slavin’s biographical information could well be the foundation for a novel! A West Point graduate (and a Troy State University graduate in Management), US Army veteran, self-made businessman who started his own company (Oil & Gas Exploration Company) and became a millionaire, author (as Michael L.F. Slavin) of how-to books on becoming a millionaire, and now caring for his Parkinson’s challenged wife while writing crime thrillers – just start reading this Jeff Case opening of a series and there we are! Mike lives in Houston.

The zest of Mike’s exceptionally fine thriller novel is suggested on his website where he describes his important new character: ‘Former Green Beret and two-war veteran, Jeff Case is now rich and has it all. But people he loved were murdered in a robbery and he vowed revenge when the police couldn’t catch the killers. More murders, more complications, and the revenge list kept growing.’ For all those who love reading tension-ridden thrillers, KILL CRIME is a must read.

From the top, first chapter, through to the end, this is a riveting reading experience, and meeting Jeff Case is memorable: ‘Case was six feet tall, which was fine with him. He also kept himself in the kind of shape he felt was appropriate for a former Green Beret. He was always clean-shaven and kept his dark brown hair cut short. Case’s ocean-blue eyes, while memorable, were not as remarkable as the two-inch scar over his right eye. People looked at it either directly or sheepishly. Some asked what it was from. Others wanted to ask, but didn’t. For Case, that scar was forever a reminder tat could trigger deep emotions. It stared back at him every day when he shaved. Few people knew the whole story.’ And with that well-sculpted figure, Mike magnetizes our attention. 

Providing a quick glance at the promised journey, the provided outline works well: ‘Normal, everyday people are tired of waiting for justice. They're killing murderers and getting away with it, thanks to a controversial, best-selling how-to book. Case, intrigued with the book and its mysteries, becomes the hunted after witnessing the author's murder. Case is also hit with tragedy on more than one front, and some friends and family are murdered. He becomes frustrated with the police when leads run out, and he's forced to grapple with the moral decision about ultimate justice. Revenge killing is something he's had to wrestle with before, on the battlefield. A West Point graduate and decorated combat veteran, he has the skills to hunt and kill, but he can't do it alone. He turns to private investigator Trish Teal and hand-picks friends who have certain valuable talents. Case and the team he builds go on the hunt for the killers and for justice that takes them on a frantic chase from Houston and throughout Texas to Reno and Vegas. They must take on the dark side of the oil industry and gambling, and come out alive on the other side.’ Just scintillating!

Warning: don’t plan on reading this novel in pieces, a chapter at a time: once started, Mike’s well written novel has you captured. Mike Slavin joins the ranks with the very best crime/thriller novelists of the day. This book invites cinematic adaptation. Very highly recommended. 

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.