Publisher: Mayfair Press
Publication Date: October 28, 2013
Origins: From Publisher for Review
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Synopsis: During an early morning jog, Atlanta attorney Tom Halloran discovers the body of his friend and colleague, Elliot Carter, hanging from a tree in Piedmont Park. Even worse, the private and dignified Carter is grotesquely dressed in women’s clothes. Halloran is convinced that Elliot’s death is murder, not a tragic accident of autoerotic asphyxia-gone-wrong.
But the medical examiner’s investigator, Hollis Joplin, is skeptical. He knows how difficult it would be to fake that kind of death, and he’s seen too much in his years on the Atlanta streets to be surprised by what people are capable of doing—to themselves or others. Then two more people die, and the clues lead back to a twenty-year-old kidnapping.
The under-staffed Atlanta PD can’t give the case attention unless Carter’s death is ruled a homicide, so Joplin, with an eidetic memory that allows him to recall in three dimensions everything he’s seen, sets out to investigate it himself. Piece by piece, he and the relentless Halloran unravel a tale of greed, revenge, and family secrets—and put themselves right in the crosshairs of a calculating and ruthless killer.
Review: “Give him enough rope and he will hang himself.” – Charlotte Bronte
When Elliot Carter is found hanging from a tree dressed in women’s clothing, the authorities are convinced it is sex-play gone wrong. Elliot’s friend, Tom Halloran, is dead-set against this idea and thinks Elliot was murdered. Hollis Joplin, the Medical Examiner’s investigator, is trying to keep an open mind. The police can’t investigate unless the death is ruled a homicide, so Joplin looks deeper into Elliot’s life. When others close to Elliot start dying, Joplin knows there is something to Halloran’s gut feeling. Searching through the past will give clues to solving the current crimes, but in doing so Halloran and Joplin will catch the eye of a cunning killer.
ENOUGH ROPE is a labyrinthine tale of murder, lust, revenge, and secret histories. I really liked how this mystery wasn’t easy to solve and had many complicated moving parts. There were many suspects and differing information which gave Joplin a lot to chew over. I understand where Halloran was coming from, not wanting to believe his friend accidently hanged himself, but he made the investigation so much more difficult for Joplin. I loved watching all the puzzle pieces fall into place, it’s one of the reasons I love good mysteries. ENOUGH ROPE is definitely a good mystery and will keep your interest until the explosive conclusion.
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