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~ A Frankie and Josh Mystery ~
by Stan Schatt
Detective "Frankie" Ryan tracks a sadistic killer while the press attacks her as a feminist
vigilante who takes the law into her own hands. The only one who can help her is a tabloid
reporter who can't decide if he's a psychic who sees ghosts or just someone going insane.
As they search for the killer in a sunny seacoast city's seamy S&M underside, they begin to
question everything they know about sexual identity. How can they find the killer before he
strikes again when he defies description? Silent Partner is a paranormal mystery, a police
procedure novel with a female detective that will remind you of Harry Bosch, a ghost story
that suggests what lies beyond death, and a comic look at a tabloid where the truth is
Praise for Silent Partner
Silent Partner is an exercise in perfection. The characterization and plot keep the pages turning. It
has everything on the menu that goes in a crime thriller. If you're up for mystery and crime, then
this book is for you. I rate this book a five-star read.
~ Tracey Lampley at Goodreads.com
In Stan Schatt's Silent Partner, a tabloid reporter into S&M and his lover of the week are
found dead in a motel room, and Detective Frankie Ryan is back on duty just in time to get
the case. As a woman in a male-dominated profession, things are complicated enough —
especially with a legacy partner who has political aspirations and dislikes her — but
they're further confused when the murdered man's colleague Josh Harrell turns up with details
on the case he shouldn't know. It turns out that the lunacy running rampant through the
Harrell line is actually psychic ability. And now that Josh has just turned thirty, he's
having visions and coming face to face with his snarky guardian angel. He's also starting
to understand why all the men in his family were alcoholics.
Schatt's various careers have included police department administrator, autopsy assistant,
and, of course, indie author, and this inside knowledge is one of the book's greatest strengths.
There are no romantic views of police work here, and the self-publishing process is accurately
portrayed. The subplot of a sadistic killer who self-publishes books detailing the torments he's
enacted, labeled as fiction, is chilling.
~ Allyce Amidon at Foreword Reviews
SVPD’s Detective Frankie Ryan has a reputation as a ball buster and vigilante. She and her partner,
John Landry, are assigned a case which starts with two dead bodies found naked in a hotel room.
However, when the identities of the victims are discovered it adds a twist to the investigation.
Meantime, military vet and local reporter, Josh Harrell, has been given a ‘promotion’ – the dead
man’s job at the ‘Midnight Whisperer’, a rag newspaper. Josh has also recently come into a family
inheritance – the ability to see his guardian, Andy, and have psychic visions. Of course, he at
first thinks he’s going crazy, but realizes his visions can help the police. SILENT PARTNER is a
good mystery with paranormal elements. The main characters are all fully realized and the mystery
contains enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing, which is how I prefer mysteries.
Frankie’s a great female lead, tough, devoted to her job, and takes no bull from anyone. Josh is
a great character and I loved the fact he didn’t either 1) run away screaming from his visions or
2) become a total woo-woo believer overnight. He was very skeptical about his gift, which I think
helped him assist in the investigation effectively. SILENT PARTNER has a good plot, great mystery,
and a dollop of the paranormal. I was delighted by SILENT PARTNER and I hope there are more books
featuring Frankie and Josh.
~ Star at The Bibliophilic Book Blog
SILENT PARTNER is a police procedural thriller with a dash of the paranormal. The main character,
Detective Francis "Frankie" Ryan, dubbed "the feminist vigilante," in a recent newspaper column,
is just coming off suspension. She teams up with a tabloid reporter, who may or may not be psychic
(as opposed to just going crazy) while investigating a brutal double homicide.
Readers will find the author's writing style reminiscent of hardboiled detective tales yet not so
hard edged. The characters, pacing, and plot will appeal to a wider reading audience than traditional
police procedurals normally do. The trick will be to convince those readers to give the book a try.
The author had me on page one (pre-paranormal) when Francis "Frankie" Ryan took the wake-up call
from Lieutenant Marks, "It's a double homicide at a motel on Adams. Should be right up your alley. Sounds
like some guy caught a man with his girl and cut off his Johnson."
By the time I read page 52 where the author introduced the Josh character, followed by page 53 where
Josh begins chatting with what he thinks might be an hallucination but is really something else entirely,
I was hooked. I couldn't stop reading. I wished my digital reader could "turn" pages faster. I know lots
of readers who would love this book but may be put off by the Michael Connelly comparison.
Bottom line. If you are a Harry Bosch fan, give the book a try. Since I've never read any books by Michael
Connelly, I can't say if Frankie is a "female Harry Bosch" or not. If you're not a Michael Connelly fan, give
the book a try. You may become Josh and Andy fans. Either way, you're very likely going to enjoy SILENT PARTNER
by Stan Schatt.
~ Cherie Jung at Over My Dead Body
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Frankie went into analytical mode, viewing the bloody carnage, noting the placement of the
two naked bodies on the king-sized bed. She stared at the male victim's bloody body and
thought that word soon would spread through the department. Give it another day and I'll
be the one accused of emasculating him. The killer's use of a knife rather than a gun meant
it would be harder to trace the murder weapon. She saw a large shape just out of the corner
of her eye and recognized Leo Hamm, the coroner, studying a thermometer he held in his right hand.
"We've got to stop meeting like this. Do you have a time of death yet?"
Leo's gnarled face broke into a smile.
"And the top of the morning to you, Francis. How's Joe doing?"
The man had known her since she was in grade school, following her father around during department picnics.
"He's fine. We had a scare a month ago, but he has a pacemaker now, and he's back to his old self. He has
his good days and his bad days."
"Tell your old man from me that every day above ground is a good day."
"Tell him yourself. I know he'd love it if you came over."
"I'll bring a six-pack."
Frankie pointed to the bloody sheets. "This looks like somebody took it personal."
"Whoever did this made sure our John Doe never screwed around again. I'm calling TOD sometime within the last eight hours."
Stan Schatt is a futurist, technologist, novelist, and a person curious about many things.
His writing takes advantage of his wide-ranging work, from autopsy assistant to police
department administrator, salesman, literature professor and telecommunications professor,
technology analyst, and research director. He has always loved technology and politics
almost as much as writing. Stan is also volunteer job acquisition facilitator for the
unemployed in San Diego. He writes mysteries in Carlsbad, California, where he lives with
his wife, Jane.
Find Stan at www.stanschatt.com (website and blog) and on Twitter at @stanschatt.
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