And the Devil Walks Away
by Kevin R. Doyle
Helen Lipscomb seemingly has nowhere to go but down. Cashiered from the force, ostracized by most of her former acquaintances, and with no real connections left to the community, she's been getting by as a sort of unofficial investigator, doing piecework for various lawyers and bail bondsmen. Her former life as a homicide detective seems far behind her until a notorious serial killer, locked away and facing the death penalty, offers her the challenge of a lifetime. Not to prove his innocence, but to prove him guilty of even more murders than the authorities suspect, murders for which another convicted man, several states away, is taking credit.
“Huh?” The beginnings of a headache developed as she tried to follow the lawyer’s logic.
“Every day that we’d spend in motions, hearings, or actual trial, were we to get so lucky, would be one extra day that Mr. Benson’s part of the news. Do you have any idea what the publicity of the last few years has done to his various companies’ stock valuations? Not to mention their overall bottom line?”
“I get it,” Helen said, leaning back in the chair. “Don’t want the entire thing to go down the rabbit hole, right?”
“You’re not going to try to get him out at some point, are you?” she asked.
“I would if I could,” Conroy said, “and please don’t look so shocked. You know how the game’s played as well as anyone. Probably better than most. It’s my job to get my client the best deal I can. Even so,” he shook his head, “some sort of freedom, any certain number of years, would be too much even for me to pull off. No, Leo Benson, minus all his billions of dollars, is going to spend the rest of his life, however long that may be, in either this prison or one very similar.”
“So what you’re after is getting rid of the death penalty,” Helen said.
Conroy nodded. “Both here and, if it ever gets to that, in
Colorado. And that’s where you come in.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
His first published “book” was actually a short novelette, One Helluva Gig, recently re-released by The Wild Rose Press. His first full-length book, a crime novel titled The Group, was followed by two sequels, When You Have to Go There and And the Devil Walks Away, all currently released by The Wild Rose Press.
Besides straight crime thrillers, he’s also written four novels in the Sam Quinton private eye series, beginning with Squatter’s Rights, nominated for a Shamus award for Best First Private Eye Novel of 2021.
In the horror field, in 2015 Night to Dawn Magazine and Books released his novel, The Litter and in 2022 will release a new mystery novel, The Anchor.
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And the Devil Walks Away is the third installment from The Group series by Kevin R. Doyle. It is, also, the first experience in reading his work. I thought it was a pretty good book to read. I enjoyed reading this thrilling mystery and seeing how it would all end for Helen. Although, there were a few scenes that were a little slow, I was often on the edge of my seat wondering what could happen next. Overall, it was a great read.
I am giving And the Devil Walks Away four stars. Readers who enjoy reading police, crime and suspense novels. I am interested in reading other books from The Group series to see what has happened previously.
I received a digital copy of And the Devil Walks Away from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.