Just as its title says, Predatory Kill: A Legal Thriller combines the genres of a good detective thriller with an exploration of legal process and, much in the manner of John Grisham, laces all this together with strong, believable protagonists who face the impossible.
All this comes from a lawyer/author, so the legal process is authoritative and specific as it relates a lawyer’s move to take on cases that involve wider-ranging, more difficult issues of social importance.
As chance would have it, Brent’s first venture into new legal realms involves one April Marsh, who instigates a case revolving around the predatory lending practices of big banks who have foreclosed on her parents’ home.
It all seems pretty cut and dried … until murder enters the picture.
With April’s mother dead and her father severely beaten, lawyer Brent Marks finds himself confronting an impossible conclusion: that big business has moved beyond the boundaries of predatory lending and into the realm of predatory killing. But why? What is so important about a single home that would cause a bank to hire a killer?
That’s the crux of an investigation that becomes more convoluted and complex as chapters go on, immersing readers in a series of legal and social encounters that involve twisted purposes, perspectives, and emotions gone wild.
Fans of Grisham will find equal talent here in Eade’s ability to captivate and hold readers with the unexpected, both in character development in nonstop action which lays the foundation for a story that’s anything but predictable.
The realistic dialogue is – well – simply killer; while action points in one direction, then often takes a 360-degree turn. In a world where plot and outcome are often predictable from the start, this will prove more than satisfying to readers already well versed in the legal thriller format.
Another note: there’s plenty of legal process and background incorporated into the chain of events. This lends Predatory Kill more than a realistic feel, with courtroom proceedings and arguments fueling the fire for out-of-courtroom drama.
Atmosphere is not neglected for the sake of either legal process or character development (as is too often the case in this genre): take (for example) an opening chapter in the salvo of a battle that crosses into different territory: “To the novice, it may have a appeared that a storm was rolling down Stagecoach Road, accompanied by dark clouds and the roar of thunder. But it was not an act of God; rather, a pack of hogs rolling into the Cold Spring Tavern Saturday night. The clan of bearded men and tattooed women rumbled in on their bikes, peeled their leather coated bodies off their saddles, and packed into the bar area.”
What does this rough-and-tumble piece have to do with lawyer Brent’s courtroom appearances, which liberally dose the book with realistic arguments and legal encounters? Read Predatory Kill to find out.
One thing’s for certain: you won’t be bored by this page-turner’s wealth of characters, settings, and unpredictable cat-and-mouse games.  D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

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