"Tarnished Heroes" by David Kessler


Neil Douglas, a young policeman, rushes to the aid of a woman who has been stabbed on London's Hampstead Heath. Seeing a man standing over the body, he lashes out with his baton, striking the man in the head. There is just one problem: the man didn't attack the woman; he was coming to her aid. Neil has just put an innocent man in a life-threatening coma - a man who was actually trying to HELP!

And the killer is still on the loose.

Supended from duty and tormented by guilt, Neil is determined to trackdown the escaped killer. All the while he is taunted over the airwaves by a pretty but ruthless American phone-in show presenter.

But who was the dead woman? Who is trying to hide every trace of her past? And does her case have anything to do with another murder case five years ago in which the "innocent man" whom Neil struck was the prime suspect? Neil is determined to find the answers to these questions - even if it costs him his life.


I was drawn in by the description of "Tarnished Heroes." I thought Neil made an interesting main character, dealing with his own demons and trying to redeem himself for his mistake. I liked the fact that the identity of the killer wasn't uncovered too quickly.The premise of the plot intrigued and captivated me. I loved the idea that the policeman struck the man who was trying to rescue the victim from a vicious attacker and the real assailant got away. Let's get to the hunt, let's find the guy who really did it, but it settled into a less than thrilling lull, seemed to take forever to get moving, and there was a problem with formatting or proofreading that made it an even slower read. I had to keep setting it down. I would have rated the book higher if it was more action oriented and less talk. I couldn't get into the radio talk show part. I did think the end picked up and was much more exciting.

I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


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