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At an early age, Barbara experienced what she referred to as – supernatural phenomenon. As a teenager she kept a diary in which she documented several of her disturbing nightmares. Barbara ultimately incorporated her visions into several of her writings. In her writings, she loves to evoke a false sense of security and expectations - leading the reader into a world of the unknown.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

"Dressed for a Kill" by Brian Bianco

“A Thriller From Start To Finish”

Dressed for a Kill by Brian Bianco, is a gripping suspense thriller. I picked it up, turned the page, and did not stop reading until the last word was read. The author stimulates your imagination with twists and turns – keeps you captivated throughout your read. What makes a great suspense thriller? In my opinion, a great suspense thriller has to have precarious situations, unique characters, and a strong plot – hence, once again I introduce you to Dressed for a Kill.

Chicago Tribune reporter, Miles Fischer, wants the story and all the glory that goes along with it. This thrilling tale of suspense starts out with Mr. Fischer covering a trial involving rape and murder. Soon after the defendants are acquitted of all charges, they are found murdered – both killed by arrows of a crossbow. With an abiding passion for finding the truth, Miles does his research and discovers two more cases that oddly resemble the most recent crime. Employing whatever means it takes to get the story; he often uses such tactics as intimidation – making several enemies along the way. He turns up the heat when the FBI and a former police officer, turned private investigator, join the hunt. As the plot thickens, so to speak, Miles Fischer finds himself in danger of being the next target.

The main character, Miles Fischer, often walks a fine line when trying not to break ethical rules. His personal life is a catastrophe. His impetuous behavior and reputation as a womanizer ultimately destroys his marriage. However, when his investigative instincts kick in, his brutal determination and disregard for his own safety is without flaws. I found the author, Brian Bianco’s, writing similar to that of Kurt Luedtke and David Rayfiel, author of Absence of malice – not as much as in the story subject, but as in the way Bianco displays the art of utilizing psychological twists with exuberant anticipation. I would also like to mention the exquisite book cover for this literature; it is truly a piece of art! I give Dressed for a Kill by Brian Bianco 5 stars – 6 stars if I could!

Brian Bianco lives in New Westminster, British Columbia and Dressed for a Kill is his first novel. He is currently working on two novels, one of which is a murder/mystery, and the other he says ‘is something quite different.’ You can listen as Brian talks about his book on the Mike Nabuurs show, out of Hamilton on Talk 820.

Review by Barbara Watkins for

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