Bob Avey is on a blog tour this month, and today's my day to review his latest book. Beneath a Buried House is just a creepy book. It's a police procedural, but the eerie atmosphere of this book makes it an unusual police procedural, and the detective is eerie himself.
Tulsa Police Detective Kenny Elliot works on instinct and feeling more than other cops do. He's intuitive, and a little unorthodox. That's why no one in the police department knows exactly how to work with him, including his superiors. That's why he knows the lead singer in a rock band had something to do with his girlfriend's death, and knows the man has a hidden weapon when the cops try to talk to him. That scene is a powerful introduction to Elliot.
After wrapping that up, though, he's sent to investigate a death of a transient. However, it doesn't feel right to Elliot, and, before they know it, Elliot has connected the death of a prostitute, a local bar, a missing man, a fifteen-year-old crime, and a cult in a "time-bypassed" neighboring town. Beneath a Buried House brings the occult and mysticism to the world of crime fiction. It all adds up to a creepy crime novel, with an atmosphere heavy with tension and foreboding.
My complaints about this book lie with the publisher, Deadly Niche Press. The book is so tightly bound that it's hard to read. I had to hold the book open with both hands, and it still was tight and difficult to hold. And, it definitely needed a better editing job. The errors, missed words, and an occasional misspelling, such as manger instead of manager, appeared to be editing problems, not the author's problems.
However, if you're looking for a police procedural that departs from the ordinary, check out Beneath a Buried House.
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Beneath a Buried House by Bob Avey. Deadly Niche Press, ©2008. ISBN 9780937660812 (paperback), 228p.