Some reviews for
Turnabout / Shallow Secrets
"...all the slam-bang anyone might want."
Ed Gorman, author of the Sam McCain series, and many more
I love the simple cover, the colors and palm trees spoke to me. Murder and crime are my game, so I was excited to read this twofer. I thought it was two separate mysteries, but it is really one long book. I am going to review it that way.
This noir detective story started out with a splat. Rick's description of what it's like to fall (or to be pushed) out of an airplane, with no parachute, counting down the seconds until you hit, knowing you are going to die, had me white knuckled as I read. With a start like that, I am eager to read on. So I did.
Frankie O'Neil sets out to determine what really happened to his best friend. He never believed he committed suicide and he would not let the deed go unpunished. If something happened to me, I would love to have a friend like him.
O'Neil had retired from the police force because it was so hard on his wife. He loved her and did not want to lose her. He knew getting involved in this investigation would take its toll on their marriage, but it was something he had to do. He has a plan, but there are two police officers who are determined to be kept in the loop, dogging him at every turn.
This is in the early days of computers and his friend, Tim Clayton had a consulting business. He had taught O'Neil the ropes and he had started his own consulting business.
Reed is a naive and innocent kid he recruits to help him with the investigation. I love the kid. Poor Katy is caught in the middle.
Five years later, B J Donnelly is busted with a thirteen year old girl in his trunk and he drops O'Neil's name. They try to keep O'Neil out of the investigation. He had been running the Sun Coast Murders Task Force, but Detective Sergeant James Robinson will be running it now and every time O'Neil turns around, James is there.
O'Neil has become a suspect and once accused, it doesn't matter much if you are guilty or not. The stigma will follow you everywhere you go. Your life will be ruined.
Now it's eight years later and there is another body. How could that be if Donnelly was the guilty party? Guess there is only one thing for him to do, and that's to solve it himself. I knew that, but I am happy to ride along with him as we dodge the dirt and corruption. When you don't know who to trust, trust no one.
There is more going on than meets the eye. I had my suspicions. I am so glad I did not quit reading after finishing Turnabout and went right on to read Shallow Secrets. Yes, there are secrets. Suspense, oh yeah. Fear, oh yeah. Twists and turns that kept letting me relax for a moment, thinking the story is over, then knocking me for a loop, again and again.
I would highly recommend the debut twofer, Turnabout and Shallow Secrets, by Rick Ollerman.
This book is 2 novels in one. These are 2 different separate stories that will keep you interested throughout both. These are full of terror, action, twists and turns, that don't stop. The author of these 2 stories, Rick Ollerman, has written 2 fantastic thrillers that anyone who loves these kind of novels could not wait to read. The books are for adults as there is some adult content. I give these both a 4/5. I was given this book for the purpose of a review and all opinions are my own.
There is quite a bit of what we call "naughty language" in the book.
Naughty language aside, the story and the characters are well written. The "murder" takes place right upfront, and thus begins the wild, face paced thrill ride. I would definitely recommend this book, but you should block out a few hours because once you pick it up you wont be able to put it down. My kindle died about 1/2 through so I was carrying my lap top around like a book my daughter thought I was going nuts.
This is actually 2 great thrillers about cops in one book, "Turnabout" and "Shallow Secrets". I loved the storyline of both of them and the characters were tough. They are full of action and suspense. When the reader starts to read these they will not want to stop until they get to the end of the story. I give these books a 4/5. I was given these books by Partners in Crimes Book Tours and all opinions are my own.
Rick Ollerman in his new book, "Turnabout / Shallow Secrets" published by Stark House Press gives us two different back-to-back adventures.
From the back cover: Remember those old Ace paperbacks, with two actioners in one volume? Stark House is reviving them, with the current offering holding all the slam-bang anyone might want.
In Turnabout, ex-cop Frankie O'Neil is skeptical when a friend's death is ruled a suicide. He uncovers a crime unknown to the Ace masters: computer theft. These crooks have friends with guns, and halfway along the novel becomes a series of cliffhangers that hit another memory: movie serials. Will Frankie escape in time? Find out in the next chapter. You won't stop until you know.
Shallow Secrets moves slower, with a subtext: the power of chance to provoke horrors, then avenge them. Cop James Robinson doesn't just know the accused killer. They're roommates. The coincidence ruins his career. Then there are fresh killings, and Robinson is "a person of interest." Near the end, Robinson almost tells a woman that "there wasn't anything they could do to make the world safe" from murders. But coincidence can bring them down, as when someone sees something he's not supposed to.
Yes, it is true. There is not one but two action adrenaline laced adventures bound between the pages of this book. Once you finish the first book I recommend that you take a serious break, perhaps go for a long walk with the dog. This way you get some exercise and some air and can calm your nerves after "Turnabout". Then, once you are refreshed, you can start on "Shallow Secret's". Both of them read like the old pulp stories. There is plenty of action, plenty of mystery and suspense and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing as to what is going on. What a cast of characters and all of them are interesting. Mr. Ollerman did a good job and I look forward to more from this talented author.
Now, I do not recommend this book for younger readers under 15, it contains strong profanity. Now, I have never read anything by Ollerman and I really liked his writing. It was fully in depth and unpredictable. Along with the storyline. You just don't know what to expect. But let me tell you an old saying, expect the unexpected. I didn't know there were two stories in one, which continued on the first story. This was indeed a brilliant crime book which made me think and question each character leading up to the deaths that had took place. Like the synopsis said I really couldn't stop. I had so many exciting questions and I just needed to know who did what. The author made me feel something that I hard never felt before which made me imagine myself in Frankie's position. I felt scared and I had tiny tears in my eyes. I would be furious and I would want nothing but fairness for what was right with my friend or even a family member.