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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Third Hell

With a bullet lodged too close to his heart, LAPD Detective Nino Angelo is no longer able to do the job he loves. He believes being forced to retire after a 25-year career might be the worst thing that could happen, until his twelve-year-old son goes missing.  

Mathew vanishes in the middle of the night from the Hollywood Hills condo of Nino’s ex-wife, but Nino blames himself for the boy’s disappearance, knowing his addiction to police work cost him his marriage and ruined any chance he had to be a real father. 

School friends tell the police Mathew ran away, but none of his son’s clothes or other belongings are missing. Nino’s ex-wife is frantic but even his rusty police instincts are warning him both she and Mathew’s friends are not being completely truthful.

After months of searching, he’s unable to find a trace of his son. He looks in every Hollywood shelter and follows leads from homeless encampments along the LA River to the mansions north of the city in Canyon country, his son’s Catholic School, and finally to a children’s home in Texas. The police department isn’t helpful except for Charley Harper, a female detective at the Hollywood station, and Detective Reggie Madison, his ex-wife’s current boyfriend. Reggie is a hard-charging cop and although Nino doesn’t approve of the man’s “end justifies the means” approach to police work, he knows his help is crucial.

Nino’s life is about to change. He goes through a personal hell and battles evil in unlikely places to find out what kind of man he really is.

The Third Hell (Detective Mystery)
By Connie Dial
The Permanent Press
ISBN #978-1679624941
Price $29.00 (Hardback)
276 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“Connie Dial Does It Again”

Retired police detective, Nino Angelo feels that he failed as a family man due to his dedication to police work. When he learns that his son, Matthew, has disappears in the night, he blames himself. The police department doesn’t help. Following the trail, he leaves no stone unturned in his search, and with the help of his ex-wife’s recent boyfriend and Hollywood Detective Charlie Harper, they stick to the scent.

Visually real, we see the sordid lifestyles of unscrupulous and dangerous people in the world around us. People in power that can’t be touched, yet do despicable things to those we cherish the most. Will Nino find his son in time? The reality is sometimes unfair. This was a real page-turner, and the characters memorable. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

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