Unraveling Dark Secrets

4.5 out of 5 stars

In the Shadows of the Game by Owen Parr is the twelfth exhilarating ride in the Joey Mancuso, Father O’Brian Crime Mystery series, and boy, does it deliver! This time, Joey Mancuso and his team are drawn into a sinister web of crime that hits close to home, exposing a vile syndicate exploiting young female athletes. The stakes are higher than ever, and the tension is palpable from start to finish.

Randy McCarten, who has consistently brought Mancuso to life, shines yet again in this audiobook. His narration is nothing short of captivating, embodying the gritty determination and complex emotions of the characters. McCarten’s ability to weave through the intricate plot, filled with twists and turns, makes this a gripping listen. As the investigation unfolds, the sense of urgency and danger is ever-present, pulling me deeper into the narrative.

What I love most about this installment is its unique blend of familiar elements and fresh twists. While it deviates slightly from previous books, with a more personal touch to the crime, it still retains that classic “whodunit” intrigue and the puzzle of connecting seemingly disparate events. The ending, as always with Parr’s books, delivers a satisfying and dramatic resolution, tying together the complex threads of the plot in a masterful way. I finished this book in just a few days, eager to see how justice would prevail.

In the Shadows of the Game is a thrilling addition to the series, offering both fans and new readers a compelling story that explores the dark corners of ambition and crime. It’s a heart-pounding journey that keeps you guessing until the very end, and I can’t wait to see where Joey Mancuso’s next adventure will lead.

And that ending?? Oh man, I did not see it coming!

Book Description:

As the investigation unfolds, Joey Mancuso and his team discover a sinister underbelly: a crime syndicate exploiting female student athletes for explicit videos and orchestrating a clandestine network involving illegal young females forced into prostitution. Caught in the web of deception, Randy’s defense attorney seeks Mancuso’s help to uncover the truth. As the stakes rise, the investigators navigate a dangerous landscape where the pursuit of justice leads to a string of mysterious murders designed to conceal the illicit activities of the syndicate.

Racing against time, Mancuso must untangle the threads connecting the murders, the accused athlete, and the criminal organization that thrives in the shadows of the seemingly idyllic campus. With each revelation, Mancuso and his team expose the twisted motives behind the crimes, shedding light on a world where the pursuit of athletic excellence becomes a breeding ground for exploitation.

As the trial unfolds, the protagonists must confront not only the legal challenges but also the moral dilemma of confronting a crime syndicate powerful enough to manipulate the very fabric of the university.

“In the Shadows of the Game” explores the darkest corners of ambition, crime, and power, where the playing field is no longer limited to the sports arena. Will justice prevail, or will the shadows continue to cast their ominous presence over the lives of the innocent?

If you love novels by John Grisham, James Patterson, and Harlan Coben, In the Shadows of the Game by Owen Parr, will be a new wonderful discovery.

four-half-stars
In the Shadows of the Game by Owen Parr
Narrator: Randy McCarten
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
Series: Joey Mancuso & Father O'Brian #12
Published by Self Published on May 20th 2024
Genres: Mystery
Format: Audiobook
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Also by this author: The Dead Have Secrets, A Murder on Wall Street, A Murder on Long Island (A Joey Mancuso, Father O'Brian Crime Mystery #2), The Manhattan Red Ribbon Killer
Also in this series: A Murder on Wall Street, A Murder on Long Island (A Joey Mancuso, Father O'Brian Crime Mystery #2), The Manhattan Red Ribbon Killer, The Case of the Antiquities Collector
four-half-stars
Brian

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