An Excellent Serial Killer Thriller
5 out of 5 stars
I absolutely love this series. Mancuso and O’Brian are just a blast to listen to I really like the “last advocate of the victims” point of view. Mancuso is back and this time it hits a lot closer to home than he could have ever imagined. A serial rapist/killer is on the loose and he is killing victims that look like the love of his life. Mancuso is forced to make decisions and play from behind like he always is as he tries to keep another person from falling victim to this killer.
The story itself was really good. In the beginning, I found myself guessing the ending. While I got some of it right, Parr threw a couple curveballs in and really threw me for a loop with some of the plot twists. Parr is able to pull this off due to the level of detail he gives making each scene and books feel like their own movie or tv show.
There wasn’t a lot of Father O’Brian in this book, but I’m okay with that. Mancuso seemed to need to solve this one on his own and only called for help on a few occasions. The other characters we were introduced to including some of the VICE officers were funny and a nice addition to the story.
Without giving much away — the ending of the book had me smiling. I wasn’t sure how it was going to end (even guessing I didn’t guess this) but I was thrilled. I wouldn’t have changed a thing if I could have.
Filbrich is back narrating the third book in this series and does a great job as he’s done with the other two. He gives Mancuso the perfect “just off” voice that you really root for and keeps an already fast-paced story moving along.
Overall, The Manhattan Red Ribbon Killer is an excellent serial killer thriller with a lot of heart.
The Manhattan Red Ribbon Killer by Owen Parr
Narrator: Fred Filbrich
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
Series: Joey Mancuso & Father O'Brien #3
Published by Self Published on December 12th 2017
Genres: Crime, Thriller
New York City is being terrorized by a serial killer preying on young professional ladies.
The authorities are baffled by the murders. The first murder was thought to be a case of extreme sex gone bad, except when two more victims were added to the list. The politicos fearing a city-wide panic, have kept the murders under wrap, desperately trying to apprehend the maniacal killer before going public. NYPD’s Midtown South Precinct, at their wits end, hire a private investigative team, Mancuso & O’Brian Investigations.
Hailed as ‘The Last Advocate of the Victims’ by the local New York media because of his Sherlock Holmes style of deduction, Joey Mancuso is a former top NYPD’s Midtown South Precinct homicide detective. His brother and co-partner, Father Dominic O’Brian, is the Associate Pastor at St. Helen’s Church in Brooklyn. Charged with solving these horrific murders, the brothers work out of a makeshift squad room in the back of their Irish pub set in the heart of the Financial District of Manhattan—Captain O’Brian’s Irish Pub and Cigar Bar.
The killer, profiled as an “unprincipled psychopath and highly narcissistic,” seems to be three steps ahead of everyone. Little does Mancuso know that this killer could turn these killings into a personal affront that can threaten him and those around him.
Now in the third book of his Mancuso & O’Brian Crime Mystery series, award winning author Owen Parr tantalizes readers with clues and possibilities in this fast-paced, page-turning novel. Don’t be fooled by what you see! Like Mancuso, you’ll need to observe and search beyond the obvious. Join Joey and Father O’Brian as they feverishly work out of their Irish pub to solve this case that possibly threatens the ones they love.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About the Author:
Multi Award winning author, Owen Parr, won the New Apple Literary Services for “Mystery” in 2016 with “Operation Rave -The Dead Have Secrets” and the IACM “Best Crime Author-Gold” also in 2016.
Readers have compared Owen’s novels to classics from Robert Ludlum and Michaels Connelly. One reader wrote: “If Ludlum and Connelly wrote a novel together, it would be an Owen Parr novel.”
Utilizing his experiences of over a quarter of a century working for Wall Street firms, he has crafted a series of political intrigue and crime novels, fusing fiction with facts. Parr captures your imagination in his new crime mystery series. His creativity in delivering absorbing plots with twists, turns, and loops, is outstanding. The settings become part of your visualization. His vivid descriptions of the vibrant sceneries is enticing to your senses. But, there’s more, the development of the characters make you feel as if they’re next to you, reading you -the story. They become real people, many -you’ll love, some -you’ll hate. The dialogue is fast-paced, with a flow you’ll certainly enjoy. He intertwines mystery, suspense, romance, and humor, with the ease of a master conductor. Visit Owen’s website at www.owenparr.com
Born in Havana, Cuba, and later growing up in Miami. He enjoys reading fiction to transport himself to another world. And in his writing, he does that for his readers in a very successful way. His readers are fully wrapped in the plots and have fallen in love with his amazing characters. Published author of articles in trade magazines. Hobby painter of acrylics on canvas and middle of the road golfer, Owen spends his day still employed in the financial advice industry. Married at the age of nineteen he pursued a career in electrical engineering until boredom set in. From there he went to own and operate his own multi-branch real estate firm and licensing school. Since 1986 he has been employed in the financial advice industry. During this time, he has written articles for the local paper, blogs and screenplays that he is now converting into fictional novels.