Clever, eloquent, and emotionally revealing… An absolute stunner.
Insanity and evil permeate Dorgan’s outstanding debut, featuring Conor Delaney, the head of Delphi Investigations and Research, who finds himself entangled in a serial killing investigation. Delaney is content working in the background, but when a series of brutal killings rock the city, he has no option but to step in and take on the investigation. As he painstakingly unravels a tangled web of hidden betrayals and deceit, shocking secrets come to surface, threatening to shatter the peace of the city. Dorgan’s plot is an intricately woven, dense web of human afflictions, old hurts, enduring friendships, and deadly betrayals, but the book’s strength lies in his portrayal of his large cast of diverse characters, particularly Delaney, a rather enigmatic figure, nostalgic for his yesterday, who has managed to come out unscarred off his traumatic past. His sharp intellect assisted by his spiritual connections and insights into human nature make him an unforgettable hero. Dorgan is an expert when it comes to hiding clues in plain sight and does an outstanding job of making readers invested in the story. The almost unbearable level of tension throughout keeps the pages flying by. The reveal of the killer’s identity will come as a genuine gut-punch. Along the way, Dorgan strips bare the universal human concerns of trauma, identity, madness, and individual struggles. Readers will look forward to seeing more of Delaney in what one hopes will be a long series. Fans of sophisticated, gritty crime thrillers will want to take a look. Dorgan is an author to watch.
The Narcissism of Small Differences
By Dennis Dorgan
Pub date August 17, 2021
Price $4.98 (USD) Kindle edition