This was an action packed whirlwind of murders and small clues left here and there. You immediately get drawn into the “small town” mentality of the characters as their community is shaken by a wave of murders.
Scott Nicholson does a fantastic job of leading the story along certain plot lines and then flipping the whole thing on it’s head. I was taken completely by surprise at the ending, which is always great fun. After finishing “Crime Beat” I sat and thought about it, trying to figure out if I missed something while reading it. My conclusion, if Scott gave clues, then he hid them extremely well.
Book Summary from Amazon
Crime doesn’t pay…but neither does journalism. DRM-free and 99 cents for a limited time.
When John Moretz takes a job as a reporter in the Appalachian town of Sycamore Shade, a crime wave erupts that boosts circulation and leaves people uneasy. Then a murder victim is discovered, and Moretz is first on the scene.
As more bodies turn up, Moretz comes under police suspicion, but the newspaper’s sales are booming due to his coverage of sensational crime. His editor is torn between calling off his newshound and cashing in on the attention, plus the editor is romancing the big-city reporter assigned to cover the suspected serial killer.
And Moretz seems to be one step ahead of the other reporters, the police, and even the killer himself.