Daily Review: Swerve by Mike Markel

Whoever altered the car’s computer code to kill him also erased all the forensic evidence.

The Central Montana State community has waited a year to learn whether Syclone Systems, a maker of self-driving car technology, will enter into a long-term R&D partnership with the university. At a live demo on campus, where the company is expected to announce its decision, its man on campus, Bryan Orville, is run down by one of his experimental cars.

Whoever altered the car’s computer code to kill him also erased all the forensic evidence. Because Orville had some nasty habits–fooling around with grad students, stealing promising research ideas, and publicly humiliating professors who didn’t meet his standards–Seagate and Miner are swamped with suspects.

When a second body turns up, and then someone hacks Syclone and threatens to put them out of business, the detectives devise a plan to lure the killer out of hiding with a phony reward for solving the hack. But the killer knows there is much more money to be made selling the company’s trade secrets on the dark web.

Besides, the killer is quite busy planning one last murder.

Mike Markel

Amazon Review

By Debi Alexander

Swerve is book 8 in te Seagate and Miner series, and I have read all eight of them. I confess I’m half in love with Karen. She’s rude, sarcastic, cynical and profane with just the right amount of vulnerability and human compassion to redeem her.

I like that, as the series has gone on, Karen has grown some, even though she still screws up at times. She is coming to terms with the damage she did to herself and her son through her alcoholism, and is riding that balance board between accepting responsibility and crushing guilt.

And, as with most people with “control issues”, she really doesn’t do well with not being able to grab a case and proceed logically from the murder to arrest. This case presents too many suspects, no forensics, and a bunch of people who lie whether they have good reason to or not.

No spoilers here, but if you think you’ve figured out “who done it” before the last chapter, I will lay odds you are wrong. In short, the best kind of murder mystery.

Amazon Review

By D. D. Gott

The Central Montana State community has waited a year to learn whether Syclone Systems, a maker of self-driving car technology, will enter into a long-term R&D partnership with the university. At a live demo on campus, where the company is expected to announce its decision, its man on campus, Bryan Orville, is run down by one of his experimental cars.

Whoever altered the car’s computer code to kill him also erased all the forensic evidence. Because Orville had some nasty habits–fooling around with grad students, stealing promising research ideas, and publicly humiliating professors who didn’t meet his standards–Seagate and Miner are swamped with suspects.

When a second body turns up, and then someone hacks Syclone and threatens to put them out of business, the detectives devise a plan to lure the killer out of hiding with a phony reward for solving the hack. But the killer knows there is much more money to be made selling the company’s trade secrets on the dark web. Besides, the killer is quite busy planning one last murder.

What did I like? I have read every one of the books in this series and this one is the best so far. I loved the new heights that Karen Seagate and Ryan Miner have reached. This one was more emotional than any of the rest and Karen became so much more real, you know that woman that lives next door type. The storyline this time was brought to higher depths and the twists just kept on coming. I thought all the way through that I had it all figured out but as usual, Mike threw me a curve and I did not see it coming.

What will you like? First, if you have not read the rest of the books I highly recommend you do. Each one is so awesome in its self but this one will have you till the last page. The work that Mike put in this one shines on every page! The story content is interesting and will keep your attention. The characters are well developed and feel like real people.

The descriptions and attention to the details are extraordinary. Each one has their own twist to add to the story and is very fascinating. I feel like I know the town of Rawlings through the descriptions in these books. As I said above if you have not read the series, I highly recommend each book and feel the work that the author has done will shine in each one. Captivating and galvanizing read!

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