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Praise for Chain of Evidence
- Linda Strong's review
Jun 28, 14
5 of 5 stars
Read in June, 2014
As most senior detective, Moby Truax is nearing retirement and has been handed the case of his career. Following his gut ..and the evidence... he feels there are two serial killers out there, not one. And there is where the in-fighting begins.
The newly appointed supervisor is not sold on the 2 killer theory and worse, he's brought in an FBI agent to "help". Agent Frances Vecchio is nice to look at ... but a rookie whose help is scattered, at best.
This book ticks off all the boxes I look for in a mystery. An interesting older detective with demons of his own .... the FBI agent with her own agenda ..... the assorted members of the department ...... the pompous supervisor.... and the arrogance of a killer.
The premise is deliciously enticing ...making it hard to put the book down for any reason. The ending is wrapped up nicely ..... but there's that thought in the back of my head that maybe ...just maybe... there will be another in the near future.
I'm always on the lookout for new authors and I was not a bit disappointed with this one. I highly recommend this book for anyone who appreciates a mystery and/or police procedurals. You won't be sorry!
- Mystery Author Marni Graff
DB Corey’s debut crime novel, Chain of Evidence, opens with one of the most chilling chapters Auntie M has read in a while, narrated by a devious and despicable necrophiliac pathologist who enjoys opera. This character grabs you by the throat on page one and doesn’t let up.
It’s a hot August in Baltimore and a killer the press has dubbed the CK Killer is on the loose. Detective Sergeant Moby Truax of the State’s Special Investigation Unit is tasked with finding the murderer who uses cyanide to kill, earning him his sobriquet.
Moby is interesting, a Willie Lomax of a character who is nearing the end of his sterling career, facing the loss of the memory that used to be one of his finest assets. The newest Baltimore victim is a 31 yr-old woman, two weeks after the dead body of 71 yr-old Rosa Neunyo. There were similar killings earlier in San Diego five months prior, but most of the murdered California women were in their late 60′s until this newest victim appears.
After thirty years, detecting Moby’s instincts tell him there are TWO killers at work: one killing the older women, the second the younger, copycatting in the shadow of the original CK killer. Try telling his boss that. Under pressure to find the killer, his job on the line, Moby finds himself saddled with the unwanted assistance of an FBI Agent from the California cases.
And this is where Corey really gets interesting. Who is smarter? The original CK killer, or the copycat? And how can Moby convince his colleagues and his narrow-minded boss that there are two murderers at work.
Corey’s meticulously plotted story revolves around Moby and the sick mind responsible for the copycats, evil personified. That the copier is smart enough to know how to mimic the real CK killer adds to the tension. When the end hits with a wallop, there will be one more twist that will surprise readers.
Corey’s book is available in print on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and in Kindle format. You can order a personalized copy of his book through the Oxford, MD, bookstore Mystery Loves Company, too.
- "Every sentence hits like a high-caliber bullet. One of the best thrillers I've read in years, just grabs you and doesn't let go."-- Bestselling author Shane Gericke, Torn Apart
- D.B. Corey has fashioned a layered, character-driven crime drama in Chain of Evidence that promises even better to come. As a first novel, I have to admire the skill level and the finesse with language Corey commands. Stylistically, this is an excellent novel, and the dialogue is smart and does what dialogue should do - push the story onward and upward while revealing character. Moby Truax has to become a series character. He is rich in interesting traits, and those traits are admirable for the most part, and more important, they are challenged by the circumstances he finds himself in. I like it that he's no spring chicken and that he is all too human with a dark and cynical side as well brought on by what he has done with his life and the work he does. Other characters are also drawn with a deft hand. Corey is not so much a mechanic of storytelling as he is an artist. I found the antagonist just as compelling and given enough layers and time on the page to become a great foil for Truax, the deadly Cyanide Killer or CK.
I give this debut novel a five star because I see next to no first novels as well constructed as Chain of Evidence. Intrigue has done us a great service in discovering D.B. Corey.
- “Chain of Evidence, by D.B. Corey, is a debut mystery novel that will intrigue the reader from the first chapter. A medical examiner (with obvious psychological problems) first rapes the women he has murdered via cyanide and then autopsies them. The female victims appear random but the ages of the victims are confusing to investigator Moby Truax. Truax has a few problems of his own. He is ageing and he fears retirement or, worse, a desk job. His skills seem to be faltering and he is resentful when an FBI investigator named Frances Vecchio is assigned to work with him on the cases. Older women in California have been killed and now, younger women are being killed in Truax's territory of Baltimore. To make matters worse, the female investigator assigned to help the lead investigator seems to be a step ahead of Truax, keeping him continually on guard.
The reader learns about a killer in the first chapter. This is both unnerving and interesting as it allows the reader the opportunity to try to understand the killer's disturbed psychological ruminations. As if the medical examiner's antics were not sick enough, the reader is yet to experience another surprise toward the end of the book. The 'surprise was somewhat predictable for this reader. Nevertheless, I found the book to be a well written and interesting psychological study of both criminals and the persons attempting to hold them accountable. The 'Chain of Evidence' does indeed lead the reader, as well as the detectives, to logical conclusions.” - Readers Favorite
- I would say "Wow, what a first novel" but I have to say "Wow, what a novel... period."
I read a lot of fiction and non-fiction and I have to say this is one of the best thrillers I've read. Corey has it together. Both the good guy and the bad guy are interesting enough to keep you riveted to find out what the next move is going to be.
The first chapter grabs you immediately and you can't put the book down. I had to find out what was going to happen next. Where was the killer going to show up next?
I loved the way Corey passes you back and forth between being Truax and Harvey. It was like a chess game with one move following another, each time moving you toward the "end game" but then a twist this way and then a twist the other way.
And after I had it all figured out near the end of the book, Corey throws in the final chess move that was there all the time but you didn't see it coning... gotcha!
An easy read but lots of action and great dialogue. I felt I was part of every scene, looking over the shoulder of the main character in the scene... and some of those scenes I didn't want to be there. Whew!
Whether Corey did it on purpose or not, he has set himself up for a series with Moby Truax. I can't wait for his next case.
You KNOW it's coming!
Did I hear someone say "TV Series" ... or "Movie???"
- Heart Racing!!!!
LOVED IT!!!! I admit the beginning was a little slow- took me a couple chapters to get hooked just like Stephen King novels.... Well, OMG my heart was literally racing and my eyes couldn't read fast enough! I couldn't put the book down!!
It's suspenseful and a little spicy :) I love Agent Truax... It's definitely a must read if you like being on the edge of your seat!
Will totally make a great HBO series...
- An Intriguing Story
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book from start to finish!
I couldn't put it down once I started it.
My neighbor Corey recommended the book to me and I'm so glad he did.
It's so different to read a book that mentions your own city and places you know.
Loved this book and I highly recommended that you read it if you like suspense and thrills!
-Chain of Evidence
Author D.B. Corey's debut novel, "Chain Of Evidence", reveals a remarkable talent for the suspense/thriller genre of mystery fiction. Readers will appreciate the deftly crafted characters vividly embedded the high-action storyline laced with surprise twists and turns. Appreciative readers will look eagerly toward Corey's next literary effort! Appropriate for community library collections, "Chain Of Evidence" is a highly recommended and thoroughly entertaining read.
- Mason’s Bookshelf Aug 2013
- Only a few books satisfy like Chain of Evidence satisfies. Like a great meal, a great book depends upon the ingredients a writer puts into it. D. B. Corey has created Moby Truax, a homicide detective who is nearing mandatory retirement age, who very quickly becomes your new friend, a sleazy murderer who is killing beautiful women, a new partner from the FBI and a Captain who both think Moby has become too old and too incompetent to be able to catch the murderer. Add into that a great writing style that pulls you into the Story as well as a secret ingredient. Altogether a very enjoyable meal.
- What a great read! This is quite a page-turner; D.B.Corey keeps you on the edge of your seat. The references to Maryland landmarks draw you in as if you are part of this intriguing story. (For some locals, it is easy to see where certain liberties were taken.)
It's easy to see how this could develop into a Cable TV series, where producers can have more freedom with the R-Rated story content. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.
- Just completed DB's book and I liked it very much. Living in MD I can picture the area's he described and that makes me feel closer to the story. Interesting take on CK, and I also enjoyed Detective Truax. Looking forward to DB's second book...
- I am honestly not a big murder mystery lover so this started of rather slow in my opinion and full of mundane details as many murder mysteries need to have to keep you following the subject with factual information, however as i carefully read i grew to become interested in the not your run of the mill case but a mind bending smart grotesque individual committing senseless selfish murders and started to get into it. I liked it! The ending was surprising and unexpected.
Praise for The Lesser Sin
The Lesser Sin - Risking your mortal soul
By Dennis LaRaja on August 6, 2016
Hanna is a CIA sniper sanctioned by the government to kill the enemy in Afghanistan which is considered to be lawful and not a mortal sin in the eyes of God since the killings are committed during wartime. Hanna wants to kill a criminal - her sister's murderer who has been wrongly set free. However, this would be unlawful and would be considered a mortal sin in the eyes of God.
Hanna is conflicted on two levels: the conflict of being lawfully permitted to kill the enemy but not being lawfully permitted to kill a criminal, and the conflict of God allowing the killing of the enemy during wartime but condemning her to Hell if she kills another. And Hanna is pursued by three adversaries: a police officer who will try to stop her from killing her sister's murderer, God who will take her mortal soul if she does, and the CIA Deputy Director who uses her for his own ambition.
The Lesser Sin is a very good book on many levels. As with Chain of Evidence, D. B. Corey's previous book, The Lesser Sin has the great writing that draws you into the story and gets you to intimately know the characters whom you become very attached to, except for one or two of them whom you wouldn't mind seeing within the telescopic sights of your Remington M40A3.
The Lesser Sin is a very compelling story and highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Incredibly Suspenseful-Amazing story-line!
By Deborah Ingram on August 23, 2016
Once I started reading, it was difficult to put this book down. Each page gave new twists to the story of Hannah, who wanted justice for the torture and murder of her sister. As a longtime resident of the Chase area, the writer drew me into the story with precise details of area landscape, allowing me to put myself in the car, as Hannah raced down Ebeneezer Road or traveled the 95 corridor. As she murdered depraved criminals, you cheered her on.