Detective "Frankie" Ryan tracks a sadistic killer while the press attacks her as a feminist vigilante who takes the law into her own hands. The only one who can help her is a tabloid reporter who can't decide if he's a psychic who sees ghosts or just someone going insane. As they search for the killer in a sunny seacoast city's seamy S&M underside, they begin to questiDetective "Frankie" Ryan tracks a sadistic killer while the press attacks her as a feminist vigilante who takes the law into her own hands. The only one who can help her is a tabloid reporter who can't decide if he's a psychic who sees ghosts or just someone going insane. As they search for the killer in a sunny seacoast city's seamy S&M underside, they begin to question everything they know about sexual identity. How can they find the killer before he strikes again when he defies description? Silent Partner is a paranormal mystery, a police procedure novel with a female detective that will remind you of Harry Bosch, a ghost story that suggests what lies beyond death, and a comic look at a tabloid where the truth is whatever sells....
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silent partner Reviews
Silent Partner is an exercise in perfection. The characterization and plot keep the pages turning. It has everything on the menu that goes in a crime thriller. If you’re up for mystery and crime, then this book is for you. I rate this book a five-star read.
I received an ARC from the author in return for an honest reviewJosh Harrell is a very interesting character and he drew me into the story, more so than Detective Ryan, if I’m honest. Psychic ability runs in his family but only manifests when the person reaches the age of 30. I have an open mind when it comes to the supernatural, paranormal and/or psychic phenomena, things beyond comprehension or explanation and this aspect in a story is appealing to me. And very intriguing when applied to a police investigation. The implication criminals can be caught in this manner is an ambivalent issue to many people as is the suggestion there is something beyond the life we know.Having this ability completely changes Josh’s life and the way people see and respond to him. And like generations before him couldn’t decide if it was a gift or a curse. He was afraid he’d never be taken seriously as a reporter again, but he deals with his new-found capabilities well.'As his hand held the folder, Josh felt the same surge of emotions he had felt when he had held Detective Ryan’s business card. This time he saw images that were as horrific as anything he had seen from the Taliban. He gasped as he watched the murder unfold.'Detective Frankie Ryan is also dealing with personal and work related problems. She’s walking a thin line and knows if she doesn’t solve the murders she will incur the blame. It seems she has a penchant for getting herself into tight corners and for the second time finds herself on suspension.This story also tackles another intricate, complex and sensitive subject, gender identity, which takes the protagonists into the seedy and disreputable underworld of S&M clubs in LA. It’s a sad thought that there are people out there who are so uncomfortable and unhappy with their gender they have to resort to drastic measures to find contentment and peace of mind.The two criminal investigations running through the book, the double homicide and missing coeds who are coincidentally all psychology majors, are woven together effectively and connected by various threads and characters.I wasn’t overly keen on the use of ‘the reporter’ and ‘the detective’ instead of the relevant names, it’s a small point but it kind of diminished the connection to the characters slightly. Other than that I enjoyed the book and I liked the attention grabbing cover and the title also, which is very appropriate.
SVPD’s Detective Frankie Ryan has a reputation as a ball buster and vigilante. She and her partner, John Landry, are assigned a case which starts with two dead bodies found naked in a hotel room. However, when the identities of the victims are discovered it adds a twist to the investigation. Meantime, military vet and local reporter, Josh Harrell, has been given a ‘promotion’ – the dead man’s job at the ‘Midnight Whisperer’, a rag newspaper. Josh has also recently come into a family inheritance – the ability to see his guardian, Andy, and have psychic visions. Of course, he at first thinks he’s going crazy, but realizes his visions can help the police. SILENT PARTNER is a good mystery with paranormal elements. The main characters are all fully realized and the mystery contains enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing, which is how I prefer mysteries. Frankie’s a great female lead, tough, devoted to her job, and takes no bull from anyone. Josh is a great character and I loved the fact he didn’t either 1) run away screaming from his visions or 2) become a total woo-woo believer overnight. He was very skeptical about his gift, which I think helped him assist in the investigation effectively. SILENT PARTNER has a good plot, great mystery, and a dollop of the paranormal. I was delighted by SILENT PARTNER and I hope there are more books featuring Frankie and Josh.
Silent Partner by Stan Schatt has an intriguing opening, featuring Detective Frankie Ryan (main character #1) being woken by a phone call to tell her she’s required at a double homicide - where one of the victims has had his pecker chopped off. Frankie’s just come off suspension for an (as yet undisclosed) incident, which has seen her labelled as ‘the feminist vigilante’ by the media - something which this latest case will no doubt exacerbate. What’s worse is that the male victim was a reporter for the Midnight Whisperer; a local paper who’s already done a pretty good job of dragging her through the mud.Further investigation reveals that the emasculated reporter was really in to sex. Kinky sex, with whips, handcuffs, and blindfolds - and with a lot of different women. The evidence Frankie and her partner Landry uncover, along with the promiscuous nature of the deceased’s fuck-buddy all points to the BDSM community, and they’ll do whatever it takes to find the killer.I’m not sure that Silent Partner quite makes it into the ‘hard-boiled’ category of crime fiction - I’d go with contemporary police procedural, as Frankie doesn’t have all the attributes which make up the hard-boiled detective persona, but that’s just my two cents on the classification.Moving on with the story, we meet Josh (main character #2). Ex Military, published a book, quite possibly going mad. Currently working for the Midnight Whisperer, and just found out that the bloke who got the reporting gig originally promised to him has been murdered, placing him firmly in the midst of the investigation. Josh’s family have a long history of mental illness, so when he ‘sees’ the murder, he thinks his sanity has finally kicked the bucket, but being the fine, upstanding chap that he is, he takes the information straight to Frankie.While I know it’s not completely unheard of for the police to use a psychic in a murder investigation, and yes, I am aware that Silent Partner is a work of fiction, Josh’s involvement felt too soon - especially as he’d been a suspect less than 24 hours previously. Frankie also seems very quick to believe in his ability, especially as she’s a seasoned detective, trained to work with facts, not flights of fancy.As far as characters go, Josh has got to be my favourite. He’s a genuinely nice guy who doesn’t get sucked in to office politics, and keeps himself to himself. Even though he’s not really sure if he’s psychic, or just plain nuts, he’s determined to use his ‘ability’ to help others (which results in a few funnies when he tackles the Whisperer’s Agony Aunt column). He also has more of a back story. Frankie I felt could do with a little more character development, as we don’t really know a lot about what makes her tick - I like to get into a characters head and poke around a bit. I struggled to do that with Frankie.I’m conflicted about how to rate Silent Partner - at times, it felt like too many genres were being pushed together without quite fitting properly, however, once everything got underway, that was fairly easy to ignore. I believe the book would benefit from expanding on some areas of the plot, as some aspects came across as ‘jumpy’. It didn’t quite flow as smoothly as I’d have liked.That being said, Silent Partner is a quick afternoon read, and like me, I bet you won’t guess the identity of the killer...
Silent Partner by Stan Schatt is a detective novel which dabbles in the paranormal. The story takes place in Sea View, California, and opens with a ‘call out’ to investigate a double homicide at a South Park Motel.Detective Francis “Frankie” Ryan of the Sea View Police Department (SVPD) leads the investigation along with her partner, John “Lock and Load” Landry. Frankie has just come off a suspension for her actions in a prior case – a case which garnered her the nickname the “Feminist Vigilante” in the press.The crime scene is room 212, where two naked bodies lay on a king-sized bed, bloody and mutilated. When the victims are identified, a question arises: Who would kill a business analyst and a local reporter?Josh Harrell is a former Army Ranger, a local reporter for the Midnight Whisperer, and a colleague of Philip Foster - the dead reporter found in the motel room. Josh inherits Phil’s feature writer duties as well as his Miss Myrna column. And, he is ordered to cover Phil’s murder for the paper. Josh also inherits something else. On his thirtieth birthday, Josh is granted a guardian angel. Actually, Andrea – “Andy” - has been around Josh for a while, but Josh has not been aware of her, until now. Along with Josh’s angel comes his psychic ‘visions’ – an inherited family trait.Schatt has written strong storylines for each of his main characters which gives them a depth and a realism seldom seen in many novels today. Each character wants something; each character needs something. Schatt skillfully crafts a balanced story with equal parts plot and characterization. There is dimension to this novel, deep enough for the reader to dive in and become engrossed.And, as for Schatt’s homage to Connelly’s Harry Bosch, the nods are subtle. Frankie is a bit of a loner. She sees her work as more of a mission than a job. She trusts her gut. And, the coyote in the canyon was a nice touch, too. As a Connelly fanatic, I appreciate the gestures.Silent Partner is a delightful ride through the world of psychic phenomena, a whodunit romp through the world of motives and murder. And, Schatt throws in some kinky S&M, for kicks.I recommend Silent Partner; and I hope Schatt considers turning this stand-alone novel into a series. I’d like to hear more from Frankie & Josh (and Andy, too). 4 stars
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I assumed at first that this must be book number 2 in a series, due to the numerous unexplained references to Frankie’s ‘feminist vigilante’ past. However, this eventually gets explained (but not until much too late, in my opinion). It left me with a nagging feeling that I was missing something.Silent Partner started off as a by-the-numbers police procedural, with nothing to hint at the fact that there might be more going on. So when Josh begins to have visions about a quarter of the way through the book, I at first attributed it to him having a mental breakdown. This paranormal twist seemed to come out of left field, with no explanation. Josh comes to terms with his new powers very quickly, as do most of the other characters (with one exception).The prose for the most part is well written, but the author had a bad habit of summarizing bits of conversation or scenes. Several times these summaries happened right in the middle of the action, tripping me up and forcing me to backtrack, as I had missed the fact that in one sentence the characters had moved locations or finished their conversations and moved on to speak with other characters. These summaries also made it hard to really get immersed in the story.My final problem is a huge leap of logic the characters take in order to focus on Trinidad, Colorado. It felt like lazy story-telling, as there was NOTHING concrete found by either Frankie OR Josh that would have told them where a character potentially had surgery.As far as the transgender and BDSM aspects of the story, you can tell the author did a lot of research but didn’t really understand certain aspects of the culture. This wouldn’t matter for the main characters, since they don’t know either, however, one particular character who is supposed to be an expert at one point gives the characters wrong information and in another case makes it sound like Trinidad, CO is the ONLY place to get a certain thing done (It most certainly is not, in fact I know scores of people who have done this and not a single one went to Colorado).Overall, the story came to a satisfying conclusion, and things wrap up very nicely at the end.
While the description of this book does mention this is a paranormal police procedural, this doesn’t read like the Urban Fantasy story I was expecting. This is a old school hardboiled detective story, with a paranormal slant that feels out of place. The overall feel was a bit disjointed, and quite clunky, but the story itself was solid.From a character stance, I really liked Josh. He’s a trash magazine reporter who develops psychic abilities when he turns 30. He has some trouble adjusting, and waivers between thinking this is gift and a curse. His internal thoughts about this felt natural and realistic. His desire to use this ability in a meaningful way is understandable, and I found his choices to be commendable.I had a harder time with Frankie. She has a history that isn’t fully discussed, although it definitely affects her current actions. I found her to be a bit underdeveloped and shallow, which made her a difficult character to understand or like. I think that with a bit more back story she’d be a robost character. As is, she’s pretty one-dimensional and forgettable.The plot itself tackled a very sensitive subject. It did so in a very educational and respectful way, although it was a bit flat. I appreciate the care taken with the subject, but found this approach was a little dry as a book plot.Overall, this book had an interesting idea with lots of potential, but the execution fell a bit short. The old school detectives and psychic abilities didn’t mesh well and I’m left wondering if there was a better way to marry them.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest reviewSilent Partner is a mystery with a paranormal element. Main character Josh Harrell, a tabloid reporter and author, develops psychic powers and helps the police solve a couple of crimes. In some ways it was two novels in one, as the reader follows both Detective Ryan who struggles in a male dominated police force and Josh as he stumbles upon psychic vision after vision.I loved Josh--he's the type of character that I'd love to follow from novel to novel. His advice column alone could fuel quite a few mysteries. His 'friend' Andy is also interesting, and I'd love more information about her. I didn't like Frankie as much as Josh--not quite sure why, but I enjoyed the scenes with Josh much more.The police investigation was interesting. A few of the scenes between Frankie and her partner Landry were quite amusing. I appreciated Frankie's willingness to bring in a psychic after Josh proved his worth. The two work well together. I think I would have enjoyed the story a bit more if it had focused more on Josh and the newspaper. Every time Josh entered the scene, I perked up. The murder mystery was well done. In fact I had no clue who the murderer was until the reveal.Overall, I really enjoyed Silent Partner. If you like police procedural mysteries with a touch of the paranormal, be sure to add this novel to your TBR list.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Stan Schatt has created a good detective novel. He gives us plenty of different perspectives from different characters, even ones that may have motives.Then there were the characters. They felt like real people although I did admit to thinking that Josh was nothing but a reporter that had finally gone around the bend. Although after he was proven right multiple times I had to admit that maybe there was something to his gift. Stan Schatt also took on the difficult issue of gender identity, and the effects that many different things could have on people who are Transgender, most specifically. It gave me a new perspective and I love that I was given this chance to see it develop throughout the book.Silent Partner was a good detective novel, and you should check it out when it's released on September 1st, 2014. Find this review and many more at Reading Shy With Aly
Good read with a fairly interesting premise. It held my interest and I inhaled it in one day. One thing, though, I think I would've liked to see more development of the heroine - like things in her past that had only been hinted at expanded upon to flesh out her depth. I'd love to see this as the first book in a series and I hope Mr. Schatt writes more about Josh and Frankie. Also, I know this doesn't have a lot to do with the story, but I was really happy with the quality of the paperback, and the fact that I noticed like one typo in the whole book (which is something that's hard to find even with the big publishers these days.)