Title: Fragile Brilliance
Author: Eliot Parker
When off-duty Charleston police sergeant Ronan McCullough responds to the assault of a college student outside a downtown sports bar, he is brutally attacked and nearly killed by the assailants. As he struggles with the physical and emotional damage and doggedly pursues the perpetrators, his personal and professional relationships are strained to the limit; and what he uncovers in his investigation takes him to heart of a deadly drug ring threatening the very core of the city.
Eliot Parker is a master of storytelling. Not only did he manage to write a novel that involves a gay couple beautifully, but he managed to write the novel in a way that didn’t just focus on the couple and nothing else in the story line. Instead, he painted out for the reader a fast paced mystery and emotionally tearing novel that made a gay relationship as normal as any other relationship. From page one I was engrossed by his lacy way of writing, and that is not something that I can say happens to me very often anymore due to the large amounts of books that I read and review on a daily basis.
Sometimes with books that focus on crime thrillers and involve the police force and emergency rooms, the audience is a very particular target audience; but after reading Fragile Brilliance I found that it would be perfect for any kind of reader. It is a great introductory novel into the genre, and the mystery and intrigue was heavy. I even found that the surprises, twists, and turns in his novel were reminiscent of the great James Patterson. Parker’s novel punches you in the gut throughout the entire story, and I haven’t felt punches like that since I read James Patterson’s Beach Road. I am honestly very surprised that Parker isn’t published on a wider scale, as he most definitely deserves the spotlight.
I admire the clever way that Parker laced multiple characters together in such a riveting novel without confusion, and I am absolutely looking forward to reading his other novels. His talent stands out in today’s over-crowded literary world, and I strongly urge you to pick up one of his books. They will change you for the better, and I am not the same as I was before reading Fragile Brilliance. Parker’s writing changed me in the best possible way, and my literary standards are now even higher than they were before.
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