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The Front Range Butcher: A Jarvis Mann Detective Novel by R. Weir

The Front Range Butcher, Jarvis Mann, R. Weir, Mystery, Private Eye, Private Investigator, book review

Twenty-two years ago, the slayings began, a new body nearly every month, front page news for all to read. Gruesome in nature, the victims nearly all female, the killer terrorizing the residents of Colorado’s biggest cities. Until one day the murders stopped leaving no clue, or closure. No one knew who he was, his motive for slaughtering them, and why the urge to kill suddenly ended.

Now, more than two decades later, the urge has resurfaced. Carved remains of loved ones left to be found, lives of families ruined, the slayings echoing an all too familiar case from a past once forgotten. Bold headlines return to the local papers, the police and FBI still just as helpless, even with today’s modern advancements. Has the killer resurfaced again? Why did they disappear for so long? How many more will brutally suffer the same horrendous fate?

Hired to find the serial killer, private detective Jarvis Mann digs deep, fighting FBI resistance, with life threatening danger lurking around every corner. His cunning leads to a man he must match wits with, a man the F.B.I can’t touch. Interrogating to get into his psyche in an all-out attempt to stop the insanity and bring him to justice. Cold and calculated, intelligent and coy, the man, wheelchair bound, holds the answers and the secrets. For he is the only one who could be the evil manifestation of: The Front Range Butcher.

Can Jarvis outwit such a mastermind, or has he met his match?
Source: I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.
Genre: Mystery, Private Eye, Private Investigator
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: March 27, 2018
Series: Jarvis Mann Detective


The blurb isn't lying! Hunting down a serial killer, dubbed "The Front Range Butcher," in the Denver, Colorado area is the most dangerous assignment Jarvis has encountered thus far. 

I get the distinct impression that Jarvis is like a cook who has too many pots simmering and not enough hands to tend to them. While his attention is focused on the major case at hand, there are a couple more that, if left unattended for too long, could come back and bite him in the rear. However, just when you think he's in up to his neck in hot water, he manages to pull himself out in the nick of time and is relatively unscathed.

Those of us who have followed the series already know that Jarvis is quick-witted, despite his impulsiveness; however, in this installment, his quarry is highly intelligent and methodical. This means that Jarvis figures out that he needs to adapt to a different kind of criminal and does a pretty decent job of changing his tactics. Along with the change in tactics regarding his professional life, Jarvis is changing tactics in his personal life. Personally, I enjoy seeing characters in a series change and evolve over time and I am glad that Jarvis is ditching his "ladies man" persona and acting more like the mature adult he is.

The mystery was masterfully written. While the identity of the original "Front Range Butcher" is obvious, the identity of the protégé remains elusive until close to the end. There were several twists in the plot that added to the heart-pounding tension building up to the final reveal of the "Front Range Butcher's" identity, and I really couldn't put the book down during the last few chapters. I have to admit, this is my favorite book in the series thus far and I'm excited to see how Weir is going to top this one.

About R. Weir

R. Weir, author
R. Weir, author. Courtesy of Amazon.
I live in the Mile High city with my wife, daughter and dog, where the Rocky Mountain High isn’t always achieved with an herbal substance. When not glued to the computer for work and writing, I relax by enjoying the outdoors; playing tennis, travelling in our motorhome and riding a motorcycle wherever the wind takes me. My writing beckons back to the days of detectives and dames, but with modern plots and twists. PI Jarvis Mann is tough, resourceful and a man with as many faults as virtues. HIs oddball sense of humor is much like mine, though I’m not nearly as tough and fearless as he is. Though no evil stands a chance against my written word!

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