Slash and Burn


Would you like the recipe for an explosive story that is a gripping thriller?

Take the sister of a dead friend asking you to help locate their missing sister.

Blend together an up and coming American backwater town, its corrupt law enforcement, and a bunch of wild rednecks, with a rich corporate mobster, and a man out to avenge the death of his brother.

Mix well, leave to simmer, then add Joe Hunter.


I grabbed this book as part of one of those 3 for £5 deals in one of my local supermarkets, because I’m always on the lookout for new authors to try and find these deals are a fabulous way of discovering someone new. I’d never read any of David Kesslers books before, and after satisfying myself before I bought it that the one I wanted was the first tale of a serial character, and I wasn’t about to dive into the middle of a series (thanks ff) I’m really glad I picked it up.

Lawyer Alex Sedaka has just 11 hours to save the life of a man on death row, so given the small and specific time frame you know, before you even start, that this is going to be one of those stories that grabs you by the shirt and drags you along with it. It doesn’t fail either. It’s well paced, to keep you turning the pages, and with a neatly wound plot that keeps you changing your mind about it’s direction all the way through.

I enjoyed it so much, when I found the next of the Alex Sedaka stories in the same offer a week later I added that one to my ever growing TBR pile too.

Result:- A recommended read.

As he makes an 11th hour plea for mercy, lawyer Alex Sedaka is resigned to the fact that his client will be executed. Charged with the rape and murder of 18-year-old Dorothy Haufaman the case seems cut and dry – until the victim’s mother makes an astonishing offer…

Dorothy Haufaman’s mother offers clemency in return for the whereabouts of her daughter’s body, before she herself dies of the terminal disease ravaging her body.

On the other side of the Atlantic, a nurse watching Fox News recognises Dorothy’s name. Does she hold the key to this case?  Alex must now convince Clayton to come clean – but he still protests his innocence. Is this another one of Clayton’s games or is he an innocent man about to be condemned to death?