Private Investigator Todd Docker heads to Kansas City on a personal mission to find the killer of his ex-partner’s daughter…
But Docker’s not exactly welcome in the city. After years of service on the police force, an unfortunate incident placed him in the middle of a PR smear that left him with enemies both inside the KCPD and on the street. If he’s going to get anywhere with the case, Docker knows he’s going to need to keep a low profile- something easier said than done.
After just moments of being in the city, he’s involved in an accident that lands his face in the news, and in front of the very person who swore to take Docker’s life in revenge.
With the help of a freelance reporter and a few loyal friends in the PD, Docker works his way through the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the young girl, but with danger lurking around every corner, can he outwit his enemies and find her killer before it’s too late?
Dubious characters, rapid-fire action, and plenty of witty dialogue define this fast-paced mystery/thriller by author Hal Wilson. With a well-crafted plot, it only took me a few pages to settle in, and once I got started it was very hard to put this book down. For me, it had all of the hallmarks of a good mystery, including a balanced variety of personalities in the characters, dirty cops, bungled plots, and edge-of-your-seat suspense that leaves you holding your breath. Not to mention a surprise twist at the end. Destiny Be Damned! is a good bet for anyone who is a fan of detective or mystery novels, highly recommended!
Rating: 4 stars
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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About the author
Hal Wilson was born during the Great Depression. His mother, who became severely handicapped with polio as a child, became a widow when Hal was just four years old. Growing up poor was tough, so when he grew up, Hal resolved never to be poor.
Hal joined the U.S. Navy when he was fifteen years old (with a slight alteration to his birth certificate) and left home to become a radioman for five and a half years during World War II. He left the Navy to go to college on the GI Bill and became an engineer, but along the way, his journey was interrupted with questions like, “With so much sacrifice, why do people go to war?” He began going to church and then transferred into a theological school in Chicago to become a minister, but he found out he wasn’t minster material and dropped out. He did learn to write sermons, and that has helped his writing career. After some time spent rethinking what he was all about, he returned to engineering and became a licensed professional electrical engineer.
When Hal retired, he was old enough but not mentally ready for retirement. He studied poetry, meter, and rhyme. He enjoyed that work and wrote may poems, for which there was no market. He decided to write children’s poetry and wrote about a hundred short poems. He’s currently halfway through a memoir and has just begun a new crime novel that will keep him busy for some time.