It was the summer of 1981. President Ronald Reagan had just fired 11,000 striking air traffic controllers. Major League Baseball was in the midst of it's fourth work stoppage since 1972, and Raiders of The Lost Ark was the top grossing film of the summer.
On the streets of our nation's capitol, the infamous serial killer Richard Michael Minton was once again stalking members of our investigative team.
My name is Brent Dulac, an investigator with Beltway Investigations Inc. in Washington, D.C. Just when we thought the summer couldn't get any hotter, our boss Stephen Martine decided to throw more kerosene on the fire. The Metropolitan D.C. Police and the FBI were working a high profile serial killer case, they had dubbed 'The Yellow Rose.' Six mutilated male bodies had been found in cemeteries in D.C. and nearby Northern Virginia. The brother of one of the victims hired our agency to help search for his brother's killer.
See what happens when the two cases intertwine. They will test not only our investigative skills, but our survival skills as well. Jump in, fasten your seat belts, and enjoy a reading thrill-ride.
My second Benson masterpiece, my second review. Outstanding realism in writing from driven experience as a PI who has worked in some very dark yet real places pursuing evil. Fiction is not a proper category: Notional. The real life of a forward leaning PI in an aggressive PI firm that cuts in deep to get evidence, motive and location of the suspect. That the notional firm works alongside the feds is an added plus of reality. Great author, great mind. It is time someone picks these up for a Netflix series. Seriously.
This book is the second in a series from Brian Benson. The first "Cob, The Search for a Serial Killer, is one of my favorite psychological killer novels. This book
Continues the search, but with a twist of twin killers entering the saga. Absolutely one of the best psychological thrillers I have read in a long time. This is a must read. The characters are authentic and phenomenal.
Twin Killing has our private detectives working on two separate serial murder cases. With each, we know who the bad guys are and we watch while the detectives put all the pieces together. There are no shades of gray here. The bad guys are twisted, psychotic killers. We want the good guys to bend the rules, because the bad guys really need to be caught.
One of the cases here is an extension from the plot in [book:Cob: Search For A Serial Killer|25216537], the first book of the Brent Dulac series. Because of that, I'm not sure this one would work well as a stand-alone.
While Brent Dulac is essentially the main character, Twin Killing features a variety of characters. We get to know all the associates at the detective agency, giving many of them equal weight throughout the story. I would have liked a stronger connection with Brent, but that's my own preference.
Benson's personal experience as a PI adds plenty of insight to his characters and the way they work. These books take place before the internet took over the world, so it's also fun to return to the 'old school' investigative methods.