#Review “Rage and Retribution (A DI Sterling Thriller)” by Lorraine Mace

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5/5 Stars!

Book 4 in the DI Sterling Series is another tightly woven page-turner that leaves you ducking to avoid injury from all the rocket-fire plot twists! The blurb asked can two wrongs make a right, but there’s a lot more than two wrongs here, trust me!

Investigations into a plaque defacement with an accusatory message at the new youth center, and the unreported sexual assaults of men have no connection until a death occurs, and Sterling has to take a closer look at a secretive, upscale businessmen’s club.

Nothing is clear-cut in this read.  No easy answers or fixes. The body count rises, names are dropped from everyone’s lips as aspersions are cast… but leads go nowhere.

Paolo’s frustrations are exacerbated by the three women in his life: daughter, Katy, girlfriend, Jessica, and ex-wife, Lydia. These relationships will weigh on his heart as he’s forced to make decisions that will change his life. (And no, I still do not like Lydia.)

But Paolo is a good guy who doesn’t like bad guys. He and his stellar team rise to the occasion despite the seeds of dissension being sown by a jealous DS in his department.

My emotions were all over the place—glad a serial killer was dealt with, sad for the victims at the very heart of the story, and mad at who’s still standing in the end… and who isn’t.

Rage and Retribution deals with possible triggering issues in graphic detail but I believe great writing delivers the suspenseful impact to hold the reader’s interest without the sting. Book 4 can be read as a standalone, but the history and building of the bond Paolo has with his team would be missed. Don’t do it.

This read is a mystery, a crime thriller, a character study, hardboiled, and a must-read.

Enjoy!

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Can two wrongs ever make a right?

A man is found by the side of a canal, comatose and brutally attacked.

It quickly becomes clear that someone is abducting men and subjecting them to horrific acts of torture. After three days they’re released, fighting for their lives and refusing to speak.

A councillor is accused of fraud.

Montague Mason is an upstanding member of the community. That is until he’s publicly accused of stealing the youth centre’s funds – an accusation that threatens to rip through the very heart of the community and expose his best-kept secret. But how far would he go to protect himself?

Two cases. One deadly answer.

As the two cases collide, D.I. Paolo Sterling finds he has more questions than answers. And, when torture escalates to murder, he suddenly finds himself in a race against time to find the killer and put an end to the depravity – once and for all.

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#BlogTour “Rage and Retribution (A DI Sterling Thriller)” by Lorraine Mace

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Can two wrongs ever make a right?

A man is found by the side of a canal, comatose and brutally attacked.

It quickly becomes clear that someone is abducting men and subjecting them to horrific acts of torture. After three days they’re released, fighting for their lives and refusing to speak.

A councillor is accused of fraud.

Montague Mason is an upstanding member of the community. That is until he’s publicly accused of stealing the youth centre’s funds – an accusation that threatens to rip through the very heart of the community and expose his best-kept secret. But how far would he go to protect himself?

Two cases. One deadly answer.

As the two cases collide, D.I. Paolo Sterling finds he has more questions than answers. And, when torture escalates to murder, he suddenly finds himself in a race against time to find the killer and put an end to the depravity – once and for all.

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Lorraine MaceAuthor Bio  

When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.

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#BlogTour “Injections of Insanity (DI Sterling Book 3)” by Lorraine Mace

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The third gripping installment in the DI Paolo Sterling crime series.

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling has just six weeks to solve a series of murders by insulin injection, with nothing to connect the victims except the manner of death and a note left at each crime scene.

The murderer, determined to avenge a wrong from many years earlier, gets close to his prey by assuming various identities.

Can Paolo win in his race against the pretender?

 

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Lorraine MaceAuthor Bio  

When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.

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#Review “Children in Chains (DI Sterling Book 2)” by Lorraine Mace

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5/5 Stars!

In Retriever of Souls, book 1 of the DI Sterling Series, Paolo Sterling and his team were hunting for a serial killer targeting prostitutes. This led them to question the women working the street trade for information as they tried to identify the monster taking lives. It wasn’t lost on Paolo many of the females he encountered were barely into their teens.

Connections made during that investigation are front and center in Children in Chains as Paolo searches for the person responsible for trafficking females for sex. But, it’s even worse than any of them believed. Teenage girls are forced to work the streets only after they are abused, violated, and addicted to drugs at an even younger age.

The DI is overwhelmed at times by everything around him—the dead ends his case keeps hitting because people are too terrified of the consequences of talking to the police; the cracks his team is showing; his fortieth birthday and the state of his personal life, and the physical recovery of his sixteen-year-old daughter, Katy, from the near-fatal attack she suffered in book 1. But don’t count the gutsy teen out yet. While she may still have a lot to come to terms with mentally and emotionally, she’s not one sit around and veg out. Love her spirit and wouldn’t be at all surprised if she followed in her dad’s footsteps.

Of course, with Katy, comes Paolo’s ex-wife, Lydia, who’s still an insufferable cow, placing blame for all wrong in her life on his shoulders.

Despite all that, Sterling is no less focused on the case, his frustration and anger always rumbling just below the surface.

He perks up after interviewing an aging rocker he suspects is connected with the trafficking, but is thrown for a loop and blindsided by betrayal from a member of his team. But Paolo also soon discovers the ringleader he’s searching for could have been in front of him all along.

Children in Chains in not an easy read. Stephen King said, “Fiction is the truth inside the lie,” and this author has done an extraordinary job of weaving just enough of the truth through the story to not only create an engrossing, suspenseful read but also incite heartache and sympathy for the victimized children as well as rage for their tormentors.

And just when I thought dealings with Lydia—remember her?—were relegated to the back burner, she’s had an epiphany, God, help us, and I was right there, cringing with Paolo.

Can Children in Chains be read as a standalone? Yes, but I don’t recommend it. While all the elements needed for the story are in this story, this series centers on Paolo Sterling, and while his character is evolving, he’s not dramatically changing overnight. The changes are subtle and readers should know where he’s been to understand where he’s headed. Grab books 1 and 2!

Enjoy!

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The second chapter in a new dark and gritty crime series.

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling is determined to shut down the syndicate flooding Bradchester’s streets with young prostitutes.

When a child is murdered, Paolo becomes aware of a sinister network of abusers spread across Europe, and spanning all levels of society. But Joey, the shadowy leader of the gang, always seems to be one step ahead in the chase.

Has Paolo come up against a criminal he cannot defeat?

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The second chapter in a new dark and gritty crime series.

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling is determined to shut down the syndicate flooding Bradchester’s streets with young prostitutes.

When a child is murdered, Paolo becomes aware of a sinister network of abusers spread across Europe, and spanning all levels of society. But Joey, the shadowy leader of the gang, always seems to be one step ahead in the chase.

Has Paolo come up against a criminal he cannot defeat?

Purchase Links

Price Drop Alert! 

 Children In Chains is on offer at 99p/99c across all Amazon stores until June 15!

Amazon UK  

Amazon US  

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Lorraine MaceAuthor Bio  

When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.

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#Review “Retriever of Souls (DI Sterling Book 1)” by Lorraine Mace

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5/5 Stars!

I was hooked on Retriever of Souls from the opening scene. I’d planned to read only two hours before dinner but got lost in the pages and didn’t move for the next four hours and thirty-nine minutes. Dinner was late that day.

Prostitutes are being murdered, beaten beyond recognition before they’re strangled, and discarded in garbage dumps and trash heaps around the city. All too often, it’s easier and less work to blame sex workers for their plight and little is done to investigate their deaths.

Such is not the case with Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling. He takes every case seriously, immersing himself in the details of the crime. Even more so when he believes the latest body found is connected to Frank Azzopardi, a former high school classmate and local gangster he could not make a case stick against, thanks in part to Azzopardi’s attorney, Matthew Roberts, another former classmate.

However, Paolo’s not one-hundred percent focused on the job. A family tragedy has left him separated from wife Lydia, who has a hard time being civil to her estranged husband.

Did I mention they were high school sweethearts?

The DI’s only joy comes from spending time with his fourteen-year-old daughter, Katie, but she’s in jeopardy of being expelled from her Catholic school, run by Father Gregory… another former classmate of Paolo’s.

These lives will converge as Sterling and his team piece together a bizarre story in their search for the elusive serial killer.

Science, and Medical Examiner Barbara Royston hand the team a major break that will still leave them scratching their heads and running in circles.

Trying to repair a friendship ruined by bad judgment, Sterling accepts an invitation to lunch with the Medical Examiner only to find out she wants him to have a talk with the pub owner who’s physically abusing his wife.

Why Paolo? Because he’s a cop… and pub owner Larry is yet another former classmate.

This made me chuckle and every time Paolo because upset or agitated, all I could think was, “Dude, you need to move.”

While I never believed Azzopardi was an innocent, Paolo’s fixation on the mobster doesn’t serve him well. His contempt for Roberts was even worse and led him to pull a one-eighty when he thought the attorney needed compassion.

Paolo is a good solid character. Hopelessly flawed in personal matters, he is a good cop who buries himself in his job when his personal life overwhelms him. Not the best option and could have detrimental repercussions.

Which brings me to Paolo’s wife, Lydia.

(Since this post will appear on Mother’s Day in the U.S. I’ll try to be nice.)

I didn’t like her. End of story.

Granted, she suffered a loss no mother should ever have to deal with, and Paolo does not deny losing himself in his job, but her betrayal was so much worse. But she lets herself off the hook by blaming her husband. And he allows it.

The DI is at odds with his Catholic upbringing but I believe a small part of him feels the need to pay penance for his sins.

Which doesn’t make him unlike the serial killer he’s looking for, except the killer is trying to save women (and himself) from committing more sins by sending them back to God.

Like any religious fanatic, he’s only doing what God tells him to do… kill.

Sounds crazy right? He isn’t. And DI Sterling takes great satisfaction is telling him so.

Good writing and great plot twists come together in this read and deliver a raw, graphic, and smart thriller. The science is explained without being condescending and the theme of religion comes across as a character in the story with no preachy doctrines or judgments.

Except for the killer’s.

This was my first read by this author, but not my last. I’ve already purchased book 2. There were just enough details given during Retriever of Souls to let you know where Children in Chains is heading. And I’m here for that!

Download this one today so you don’t fall behind!

Enjoy!

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Brought up believing that sex is the devil’s work, a killer only finds release once he has saved his victim’s souls. Abiding by his vision, he marks them as his. A gift to guide his chosen ones on the rightful path to redemption.

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling is out to stop him, but Paolo has problems of his own. Hunting down the killer as the death toll rises, the lines soon blur between Paolo’s personal and professional lives.

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Brought up believing that sex is the devil’s work, a killer only finds release once he has saved his victim’s souls. Abiding by his vision, he marks them as his. A gift to guide his chosen ones on the rightful path to redemption.

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling is out to stop him, but Paolo has problems of his own. Hunting down the killer as the death toll rises, the lines soon blur between Paolo’s personal and professional lives.

Purchase Links

Amazon UK  

Amazon US  

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Lorraine MaceAuthor Bio  

When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.

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