Series: Tom Tanner #1
Published by Random House on May 12th 2015
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As an expert crime-scene cleaner, Tom Tanner charges big money to carve out bullets, mop up fluids, disinfect walls, and dispose of whatever’s left of whomever was unlucky enough to require his services. For a handsome young ex-con determined to stay out of trouble, it’s practically a dream job—until he discovers a grisly pattern to his work: a string of gruesome murders at a cheap motel chain, always in Room 236.
While prying into a serial killer’s nasty scheme, Tom finds himself with a sharp-witted strip-bar waitress plastered to his side—and his conscience. Even more surprising, the killer starts prying into his life, luring Tom into a twisted friendship. As Tom struggles against his adversary’s wicked whims, risking the lives of the few people he holds dear, bodies pile up everywhere he turns. With a psychopath calling the shots, Tom has little choice but to clean house once and for all.
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Plot: Ex-convict tries to keep his head down as he does his job cleaning crime scenes, but his brain starts chugging when he notices a commonality in one of the locations he’s cleaning. Putting clues together leads him to suspect that there’s one killer here, but he doesn’t go to the police. History.
Then the killer finds out he’s figured it out, and a cat-and-mouse game commences.
The Characters: Tom Tanner is just a regular Joe trying to make his way in L.A., flying under the radar as much as possible. His past crime netted quite a few “fans” – and they’re not happy he’s out. So the last thing he wants is to get involved.
That’s before he meets Ivy, a dancer fired from his favorite “club” after he complains about her attitude. She eventually guilts him into taking his clues and doing some investigation of his own.
Tom is alright as far as characters go. He’s the anti-hero who winds up doing the best he can as he gets more entangled in a game of wits and dare with a crazy nut-job who’s started leaving bodies just for the heck of it.
The Story: L.A. Rotten is dark and depressing, in both the backdrop and the characters. This is a story of a man with nothing to lose, who’s not even sure why he’s trying to catch a killer. After all, if the cops have no idea what’s going on, why should he care?
I liked L.A. Rotten enough to wonder if Tom will get his act together in the next book. He’s smart and has a conscience, he deserves a better life than the one he’s settled for.
drey’s rating: Pick it up!
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