Authors Showcase: Cornered by Alan Brenham

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The Book: Cornered

The Author: Alan Brenham

The Story: He’s haunted by the memory of a kidnapping case gone wrong…

Not wanting history to repeat itself, Detective Matt Brady struggles to solve the disappearances of seven young women, but he quickly finds himself pitted against a criminal organization that knows as much about police procedure as he does—an organization that will do whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of him.

His troubles are compounded when a young veterinarian injects herself into the investigation and is targeted to become victim number eight. When he tries to protect her, he finds himself in the crosshairs of a professional cop killer.

Can Brady solve the case in time to save his new love, or will this investigation be the death of both of them?

About Alan Brenham:

Alan Brenham
Alan Brenham

Alan Behr served as a law enforcement officer and criminal investigator for over seventeen years before earning a law degree from Baylor University.

After obtaining his law license, he worked as a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. After retiring from government service, he authored three crime novels – Price of Justice, Cornered, and the soon-to-be published Rampage under the pen name of Alan Brenham.

He is presently working on two more novels, a psychological thriller, and the sequel to Cornered. Alan and his wife live in the Austin, Texas area.

Review by Grady Harp:

Alan Behr, a criminal law attorney and former police officer in Austin, Texas, takes on the moniker Alan Brenham for his second career as a writer. His debut novel, PRIDE OF JUSTICE  a certified winner with awards bestowed. Now he challenges that accomplishment with an even more thoroughly developed novel, CORNERED.

Working in both criminal prosecution and defense (as well as an on the ground police officer) gives him a special insight to write novels about crime and the intricacies – both positive and negative – of the criminal justice system. It also allows him scrutiny of the `good cop/bad cop’ conundrum that steps beyond the writings of most other authors less exposed to the realities of our justice system. Couple these facts his natural bent for writing and the result is a debut novel of great promise.

This time around we meet another Brenham detective – Matt Brady – who is form page one faced with a series of disappearances of women victims. And to keep a bit of romantic interest at play we meet Dr Tracy Rogers, a veterinarian who intends to assist Matt but instead places him in a situation that becomes life threatening. Stir in a crime organization and repeated disappearances of women all of the same description and follow Matt Brady as he solves the mystery.

The barebones outline of the novel fails to demonstrate Brenham’s mastery of works and sense of tension and the realities of being a detective and finding ways to piece together a thriller while having his hero under the microscope of the criminals with life ending intentions. He is a master at molding these criminal tales and likely (and hopefully) there are more coming down the line. For those who love police/crime novels this is one of the best, and it certainly suggests that Alan Brenham has found his niche.

Review by John J. Staughton:

You can always tell when a writer knows his subject matter in a deep and meaningful way. There is a certain quality in the phrasing, an honesty in the tension, and (when the stars align) brilliance in the overall product. Brenham made it clear that not only is he vastly knowledgeable about criminality, the legal system, police procedure, and criminal organizations, but he is also a clever and creative author who knows how to convince a reader to fall for a character right before putting them in harm’s way.

I was riveted by this novel, and although it is the first I have read from Brenham, I’ll certainly be checking out the others. The only thing I found a bit implausible were a few loosely tied together plot details that seemed to sloppily be wrapped up, but they were hardly consequential, and didn’t keep me from ripping through these pages in less than a week.

Brady makes for a killer protagonist, and seeing him facing up against open-faced evil and cruelty was emotionally exhausting. I wasn’t a huge fan of Tracy, although she had a few redeeming moments; their entire connection seemed slightly contrived, whereas his emotions regarding his past were so visceral and believable. Anyways, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to be thrilled into reading for a whole night straight, and then waking up a little bit sad that you reached the end. Nicely done, Mr. Brenham – this is a real hit!

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