04th Jan2013

Book Review – A Game Of Chance

by Lloyd Paige

A Game Of Chance by Jon Osborne

Synopsis

A criminal mastermind is carrying out a deadly game of murder on the streets of New York. Following the

rules of chess he moves his victims around the city, leaving his sinister calling cards at each blood-

soaked crime scene. But as the body count mounts, the New York police force are no nearer to catching

this sadistic killer. And expert profiler, FBI Special Agent Dana Whitestone, is brought in to help.

Dana, and her partner Jeremy Brown, soon become embroiled in a macabre game of cat and mouse as they try

to hunt down this highly intelligent but utterly ruthless murderer before he claims his next victim.

And then they realise they might be up against not one killer but two – and all hell breaks loose…

The Review

Jon Osborne has been a newspaper reporter for a decade, most recently for the Naples Daily News in Florida, where he covered everything from bake sales to triple murders. He is a veteran of the United States Navy. He is also the author of Kill Me Once.

What happens when two wealthy killers pit their wits against each other in a sadistic game loosely based on the rules of chess? The answer is carnage. Jon Osborne’s 2nd crime novel is at times quite graphic and unrelenting as it brings the reader into its heart, right from the very first victim in Manhattan.

After the body of a mother of two is found FBI agent Dana Whitestone along with her partner Jeremy Brown investigate. They soon get a lead, but after one mistake too many they’re taken off the case. A depleted Dana has to deal with the disappointment as well as the complicated relationship with her partner, they were once lovers, but she’s a tough cookie and deal with it she does. And you know that sooner of later she’ll get the chance to redeem herself.

There’s something quite disturbing about the sheer joy and lack of remorse that the two killers feel and they set up a series of situations which serve to bring an undesirable end to victims which seem to be either on the lower end of the social scale or severely flawed. Maybe it’s Osborne’s way of lessening the reader’s empathy towards them, however both killers have their own agenda which serves up an interesting twist at the end.

You don’t need to understand the rules if chess to read A Game Of Chance, but it might help.

It’s your move.

A Game Of Chance by Jon Osborne is published by Arrow, £6.99.

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