I “met” Mr. Domino Finn on Goodreads. He sent me a copy of his book, The Seventh Sons of Sycamore in exchange for an honest review. To start, it was the amazing cover that first caught my eye. Yes. I am shallow. I will initially judge a book by its cover. This cover, it is truly awesome. (And I do not use the word Awesome often).
Maxim Dwyer is a detective in a small town. Two years ago his wife disappeared without a trace. Dwyer is stricken with grief and guilt. If anyone should have been able to find her, he should have, a cop of all people. Throwing himself into his work, he investigates a murder that involves an area biker gang, the Seventh Sons. With suspects in custody, he is certain he will be able to wrap up the case quickly and move on.
Diego is a biker, not associated with The Seventh Sons. He is looking for his sister. She was last with the motorcycle club. He is confident they know her current whereabouts. His personal investigation is halted when Dwyer has him in cuffs, and likes him for the recent murder. When Diego offers up a confession it is not what Dwyer expected. Diego claims werewolves are behind everything!
The investigation gets even more convoluted when Nithya Rao from the CDC shows up. While not exactly working together, the three search for answers. Sycamore has plenty of secrets. Unearthing them may give answers better left buried. Dwyer quickly learns that nothing is black and white. In a desperate search for all of the answers, Dwyer puts his own life in extreme jeopardy.
With just a splash of the supernatural, Finn has written a thriller that is filled with poetic narrative, a noir-style voice, and gritty characters. There is depth and backstory. There is intrigue and suspense. I cared about each character for so many different reasons. Overall, I am extremely impressed with The Seventh Sons of Sycamore. If you like detective novels, this is for you. If you like horror novels, this is for you. If you want something unique with plenty of twists and turns, something that keeps you turning pages . . . this is for you.