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“Campanelli: The Ping Tom Affair” by Frederick H. Crook - IHIBRP 4-Star Book Review

A Fast-Paced & Driven Dystopian Crime Novel!

“Campanelli: The Ping Tom Affair” is a journey through Earth’s post-exodus underworld. The year is 2109 as Detectives Frank Campanelli and his partner, Marcus Williams, dig into a double-murder and immediately focus their investigation on their most notorious victim—a Chinese mobster’s son.

Crook’s novel is a good weekend read. His futuristic technology and modeling of Earth’s former society will fascinate Sci-fi fans while his fast-paced criminal investigation through the still seedy world of mobsters and gangsters will propel Mystery lovers through this dystopian crime novel.

The plot line for “Campanelli: The Ping Tom Affair” is set in the future, however, with a few tweaks, it could just as well have been written about our own day and age. Its references to continuous changes in technology, a stagnant urban economy, gang warfare, and the crumbling city of one of our most historical cities—Chicago—are issues that we ourselves must deal with here in our own time. Crook’s talent lies in his ability to draw the reader into his story with a fast-paced and driven plot line, and it is here that he succeeds quite well.

Although Crook’s characters are quite stereotypical—from his curmudgeonly and lonely lead detective to his legacy-minded crime boss, they do come across as being genuine within the context of the story. It’s their rapid-fire dialogue along with adequate explanations of their motives that create urgency and drama in this otherwise predictable crime drama. High on energy and low on explicit violence and sex, “Campanelli: The Ping Tom Affair” is a satisfying read for crime enthusiasts over the age of 17 and adults.

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