Symphony of Blood: A Hank Mondale Supernatural Case

Symphony of Blood: A Hank Mondale Supernatural Case - Adam Pepper An e copy of this book was received from the author via Goodreads.Okay, the best thing that I can say about this book, is that it is only 162 pages long. I was grateful when I got to the end. The protagonist is Hank Mondale and is a private investigator, with a huge gambling addiction and a small liquor problem. Sounds familiar doesn't it? There is nothing original about this character or in the least bit likeable. He is constantly short of money and attempts to gamble his way out of his debt and of course incurs even more debt. He desperately wanted to be cop but could not become one because of past legal issues. I know that the reader was meant to be sympathetic to Hank but a drunk gambler, who cannot keep his shit together was not appealing. Hanks problems were of his own making. As a straight, cisgendered, able bodied White man, he should have had the world at his beck and call, whereas; the servile people of colour in this story were up against systemic inequalities. Even in the end when legal issues should have been an issue for Hank, he was given a pass. The police had no regard for a dead prostitute, but a White man who can barely stay sober received tons of concern.When Hank is contacted by Blake, a business tycoon to deal with an entity that is stalking is privileged daughter Mackenzie, Hank sees this as a dream come true. With the promise of money, he begins investigating. There are several murders and slowly we learn that this deaths are all connected. When Hank learns that all of the deaths are due to a monster, he naturally disbelieves what he is being told. It is only after seeing the creature for himself, that he realizes that the Blakes were telling the truth. What he does not realizes is that though the Blakes are on the run from the creature, that they are equally culpable for the deaths themselves.Suddenly we have a shift in the story and the point of view switches to that of the monster. The problem with this is that we then spend a good chunk of time reviewing what we have already learned. The monster tells us about the people that it killed; however, it all felt like filler because we already know that it killed these people. I suppose this was an attempt to explain the monsters motivation and once create sympathy but the shift erased the little momentum that the story had. Read More