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Rats In A Maze

Rats in a Maze by [Peter Bailey]

Rats in a Maze by Peter Bailey is a wildly thrilling novel that is sure to keep you turning the pages long after midnight. The book follows the stories of Detectives Ray Fisher, Brad Lahoti, and the mysterious and alluring Jessica Sorenson. A puzzling case has the New York Police Department hard at work: two convicts end up drowned in a car, with explosives, but suicide is ruled out. So who is responsible and why are there so many loose ends? Surely their murderer hidden in the shadows must be dangerous or powerful to have avoided catching the attention of the higher-ups? Detectives Ray and Brad must team up to investigate this odd case outside of the traditional methods and procedures used by the NYPD.

Peter Bailey has written a novel with equal parts mystery and suspense. The plot is action-packed and the author does not neglect his character developments. The audience really gets to see who the characters are and ride along this roller-coaster of a book with them. Bailey does an excellent job of portraying his characters so realistically that they feel like real people. Each has their own personal troubles and strengths that lend them to becoming truly three-dimensional. Additionally, Bailey should be commended for his portrayal of a unique LGBTQIA+ character in a way that is non-stereotypical and welcomed by the others; it was a refreshing aspect of the novel. Even the villains of the story are well-thought-out and intriguing.

The only flaw in the book is the occasionally confusing passages that may leave out a detail here or there. Some of the nonimportant scenes in the book occur very quickly and almost too concisely to be followed completely. The first example of this is when a forensic examiner makes fun of Detective Lahoti for his sexuality. The jab was almost missed by me so its impact was lessened. But the confusing passages are few and far between and do not detract from the story as whole. Rats in the Maze is an electrifying read that is well-suited to being devoured in one sitting on a rainy day. It is incredibly fast-paced and will leave you desperate for more. I highly recommend this fascinating mystery adventure.

Pages: 199 | ASIN: B08JMC8VHJ

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Rats in a Maze

Rats in a Maze by Peter Bailey is a crime novel surrounding the mysterious accident in Pier 54. Ray Fisher, the detective assigned to the case, believes there is more than what meets the eye. Together with his partner, Brad, they both try to uncover the mystery behind the accident. The accident uncovers the horrible truths of the world to Detective Fisher and his life changes. The concept of death becomes clearer to him as he goes about his job. What Detective Ray and Brad did not know was that they were signing up to one long suspenseful rollercoaster the moment they started the investigation on what seemed like a simple and normal traffic accident.

I was highly impressed by the story; it is not the typical crime fiction story going through the motions of a police procedural. The writer introduces readers to the characters on a high note, getting you to relate and empathize with the character so you care about what happens to them, and I liked how this feeling was consistent throughout the story. The characters are crafted specifically to fit into their roles. Peter Bailey does a fantastic job in incorporating different aspects of life into the story which made things feel authentic and grounded. We’re thrown into the detectives life through Detective Ray’s storyline but we are also thrown into story lines on family, romance, even in office settings. The way the writer switches up chapters keeps the reader engaged with the story, if not with the plot. Every chapter brings up a new event and a new twist without losing the progression towards the stories arc.

Rats in a Maze is a riveting mix of everything I wish for in a good crime fiction novel; government conspiracy, humour, people in power, romance, always with a dash of cunning crime solving. The book leaves readers with a cliff-hanger that will have you begging for a follow up novel.

Pages: 199 | ASIN: B08JMC8VHJ

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