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Never Kill a Friend

by Martin Hill

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Never Kill a Friend by Martin Hill

A gripping tale of one woman's fight against a system that is destroying an innocent man.

Detective Shelley Krieg has lived her entire life in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. At six-foot-four, she's the giantess of DC Metro a tough cop who's paid her dues on her long path to becoming a detective in the city she loves. She can get a confession out of anyone. And she always plays by the rules.

But when Rafael Hooks is arrested for killing his brother, all the rules change. Shelley finds herself not only fighting the system but also questioning her relationships with her co-workers, her closest friends, and even her partner, Kent Bellotti.

It seems like an open-and-shut case: Raffi confesses to murdering his drug-dealing brother. But nothing is as it seems. Each time Shelley finds evidence to exonerate Raffi, new evidence arises to confirm his guilt. Fingerprints tying Raffi to multiple murders in both DC and neighboring Maryland suddenly appear out of thin air. And on his first night in lock-up, Raffi is nearly killed.

With no allies left at DC Metro, Shelley turns to her estranged friend Yasmira Tamer for help. Together Shelley and Mira uncover a web of deceit and corruption that links a Russian assassin, a high-paid DC call girl, and an urban Robin Hood who renovates his crack houses before donating them to the poor.

Never Kill a Friend is a taut, suspenseful novel of conflicting loyalties, friends found and lost, and power in the wrong hands. It is a finely wrought tale of one woman's quest to stay true to herself and to do the right thing for an innocent man.

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ISBN-13:
9780977378708
9780977378708
Publisher:
Ransom Note Press LLC
Ransom Note Press LLC
Publication date:
06/25/2015
Pages:
286
286
Sales rank:
1,211,993
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
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About the Author

About the Author

Martin Hill, a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is professor of pharmacology at the Ponce Health Sciences University in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where he lives with his wife and son. Along with his scientific background, he has worked in theater, having run a comedy troupe in South Florida.

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Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Sharp, tough heroine Shelley Krieg drives the plot of this fast-paced mystery ... Hill writes with an awareness that brings emotional depth to the interactions of his characters in this well-told mystery ... Those who enjoy suspenseful mysteries will be well entertained by Never Kill a Friend.

ForeWord Reviews - Margaret Cullison
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Never Kill A Friend is a well-crafted mystery with interesting c
Never Kill A Friend is a well-crafted mystery with interesting characters, particularly the protagonist, detective Shelly Krieg. Shelly, a 6’ 4” African American woman who works for Washington DC Metro, has a problem. Not only does she believe a jailed murderer is innocent, but worse, she wakes up in the middle of the night to find a corpse in her house. The book has the most essential earmark of a topnotch detective tale—just when you think you know everything, you discover you don’t know anything. One of the terrific aspects of the novel is Hill’s use of his environment, Washington DC. He wisely avoids the political aspect and centers his characters activities on the urban and suburban areas. It adds an aspect that dodges the cliché and adds vibrancy to the novels already exciting, brisk pace. Another sign of a captivating book—it ended all too soon and had me hoping that there will be a sequel.
- Anonymous
June 26, 2015
Detective Shelley Krieg’s actions as a bad cop gives me a bad tast ...
Detective Shelley Krieg’s actions as a bad cop gives me a bad taste and I wonder whether to quit the story, having little stomach for bullies. But then, neither does Shelley. NEVER KILL A FRIEND (©2015) by Martin Hill is slow to start but my interest keeps building. Detective Krieg doesn’t do what I’m expecting. Neither does author Martin Hill Ortiz. Some of the language is lyrical. The crimes are gruesome. Banter between friendly workmates is titillating. Carping by adversaries intrigues. Some stories swoop the reader into becoming a character in the story. NEVER KILL A FRIEND maintains a mile high view watching the dance of flawed humans trying to steer events with self-interest, compounded by conceit. An elusive conundrum. Friends are definitely tested in this story. And you can’t turn your back on a single one. Satisfying.
- TdeV
August 4, 2015
From the publisher: Detective Shelley Krieg has lived her entire ...
From the publisher: Detective Shelley Krieg has lived her entire life in Washington, D.C. At six’4”, she the giantess of DC Metro - - a tough cop who’s played by the rules on her long path to becoming a detective in the city she loves. But when Rafael Hooks is arrested for killing his brother, all the rules change. Shelley fids herself not only fighting the system, but also questioning her relationships with her co-workers, her closest friends, and even her partner. It seems like an open-and-shut case: Raffi confesses to murdering his drug-dealing brother. But nothing is as it seems. Each time Shelley finds evidence to exonerate Raffi, new evidence arises to confirm his guilt. Fingerprints tying Raffi to multiple murders in both DC and neighboring Maryland suddenly appear out of thin air. And on his first night in lock-up, Raffi is nearly killed. With no allies left at DC Metro, Shelley turns to her estranged friend, Yasmira Tamer. Together Shelley and Mira uncover a web of deceit and corruption that links a Russian assassin, a high-paid DC call girl, and an urban Robin Hood who renovates his crack houses before donating them to the poor. Shelley, a 31-year-old African-American, works out of the Third Police District of Washington Metro, which extends “from embassies and gentrified townhouses to stretches of urban decay.” The book opens with Shelley being called to the scene of a gruesome murder, the details of which I will kindly omit. The young man who called 911 is 19-year-old Rafael Hooks, the aforementioned brother of the dead man, and Shelley is convinced of his innocence, his confession notwithstanding. Her investigation leads her along unexpected paths, at times putting her in the cross-hairs of the assassin, being drugged in her own home, and not knowing who to trust, including her fellow police officers. But she has to follow her conscience, and won’t stop till she gets to the truth. The various plot lines did have this reader a bit confused at times (although not for too long). The writing, although I did not feel it was particularly elegant, nevertheless pulled me along to the point that, surprisingly to me, I found myself at the end within forty-eight hours of opening it up to the first page. This is the first in a new police procedural mystery series featuring Shelley Krieg, who is both a fascinating protagonist, and one tough gal. I for one can’t wait for the next one! Recommended.
- gloriafeit
June 13, 2016
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