The Crooked Street – Brian Freeman : Frost Easton #3

The hunt for a killer in San Francisco becomes a dizzying game of cat and mouse in a thrilling novel of psychological suspense.

“Lombard is your Moriarty, Frost. Taking him down will be the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done.”

San Francisco homicide detective Frost Easton hadn’t seen his estranged friend Denny in years. Not until he dies in Frost’s arms uttering a final inexplicable word: Lombard. Denny appears to be the latest victim in a string of murders linked by a distinctive clue: the painting of a spiraled snake near the crime scenes. Is it the work of a serial killer? Or is Denny’s death more twisted and personal?

To find the answer, Frost reaches into a nest of vipers—San Francisco’s shady elite—where the whispered name of Lombard is just one secret. Now, drawn into a cat-and-mouse game with an enemy who knows his every move, Frost finds there is no one he can trust. And somewhere down the crooked streets of the city, Frost’s cunning adversary is coiled and ready to strike again.

The Crooked Street is the third novel in the Detective Frost Easton of San Francisco Police Department series; each instalment works perfectly as a standalone as the crime is self-contained to that particular book, but you will not be privy to information on the recurring characters full backgrounds. I loved the murder and mayhem, thrills and spills San Francisco PD go through, and the complexity of the plot made this unputdownable for me.

The author challenges the reader to keep up with the developments, the endless deceit and a wholly untrustworthy mob of people; this is definitely one of the most twist-driven and surprise-filled thrillers I’ve had the pleasure to read of late. The twists in the tale are plentiful and pull you into one way of thinking before whipping the rug from underneath you leaving you scratching your head aghast. Mr Freeman impressed me by disguising the perpetrator until very late on, (although mid-way I guessed it out) which created tension throughout, and he cleverly weaves a dark yarn that I enjoyed immensely.

It does, however, end on a cliffhanger which is rather annoying as whether I will remember the details of this book when the sequel comes out is debatable. Frost is a character I can see myself really appreciating as the series progresses. He knows his own mind and is morally driven. I looking forward to the next instalment and the evolution of the characters.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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