I love to read. I just wish I had more time to do so. I was able to find some time to sit down and read Dead Ringer, written by Allen Wyler. I thought it would take me about two weeks to read this, because of my busy schedule. It didn’t. It took me one weekend. I was so caught up in the story, I had to keep reading until I finished. Here is a brief summary of the book, as it appears on the back of the cover. This caught my attention and interest:
Dead Ringer Description
While speaking at a Hong Kong medical conference, neurosurgeon Dr. Lucas McCrae slips the cloth off a cadaver’s head during a routine medical demonstration, and is overwhelmed by what’s staring back at him: The face of his best friend, Andy Baer.
Stunned, McCrae races back to Seattle to discover that Andy is in fact missing and may have been murdered by a gang of body snatchers who operate a legit funeral business and make a fortune by selling recovered body parts to medical researchers.
I loved that Dead Ringer wasn’t a murder mystery. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good mystery, but this one was an intellectual battle between good and evil. The author, a renowned neurosurgeon and now author of three novels, used his expertise in the medical field to create a realistic story. I was drawn to the characters in Dead Ringer. I felt their pain and frustration as they worked to get answers, and solve the case.
There was one thing about the book that I could have done without. It was when the author wrote about what happened in the past. There were some instances that I thought it was called for, like how the two main bad characters met, or the event that made Lucas so loyal to Andy. Then there were a couple others that I thought could have been left out. I felt that going into the past like that took away the momentum of the story in the present.
I loved the ending of the book. I won’t tell you what it is. I don’t want to spoil it for you. But, let’s just say it was perfect. Maybe a sequel in the future? We’ll see. If you enjoy a good crime suspense novel, you will like Dead Ringer. You can find out more information about Allen Wyler and his book Dead Ringer on the Astor and Blue website. Have you read his other books? If you have, let me know what you think of them.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book for review. The opinions are all my own.