Advanced Review THE END GAME


Advanced Review THE END GAME


Its not often I get excited about a new author writing a crime/mystery novel. It must be the most explored genre for new authors. But Gerrie Ferris-Finger is in another category. “The End Game” is also. WINNER OF ST. MARTIN’S MINOTAUR/MALICE DOMESTIC BEST FIRST MYSTERY NOVEL, it tackles a scary topic. The disappearance of children. Her main character, Moriah Dru, runs an agency called Child Trace, Inc. She’s retired from the police force and often works with her ex-partner, Rick Lake , Lake is also her lover. Dru is hired to find two sisters who’ve gone missing after their foster parents’ house burns down and the foster parents were found dead in the wreckage. It soon becomes apparent that this is not a case of scarred little girls disappearing after an accident, and as Sherlock used to say, the game is afoot. Ferris’ writes her characters well, and her locale, the Atlanta area, and she introduces you to the suspects and the neighborhood in a way you won’t forget.

Ferris’ style isn’t warm and fuzzy, it’s fairly hard boiled and her prose are spare and hard edged. She also lets the dialogue drive the story and doesn’t do mush hand wringing or soap box preaching, although that must have been difficult to avoid with such a subject. But she does educate you throughout the chase as to the ways that children can be exploited.

So far I have only read advanced reviews and excerpts since the book won’t be out until April 27th, but you can do like I did and advance order it on Amazon. I’m not sure whether a Kindle version is planned as yet, but with the success this book is bound to have, it can’t be far behind. As I hope the next Dru, Lake novel is also. This pair are a team we need to see again….and again and again.

Gerrie Farris-Finger is a Missouri native and a Mizzou grad. She has spent most of her professional life as Journalist with the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has previously published Romance Novels. Be sure to read the excerpt at her site, here:  and there is a very good review on The Crime Writers Blog written by Robin Agnew of Aunt Agatha Mysteries, Detection & True Crime Books in Ann Arbor, MI.

Robert Carraher

About DirtyLowdown
I was born in Pomona, California at a very young age. I had a pretty normal childhood…or I was a pretty normal child hood if mom is telling the story. I was a paperboy who always porched , usually on the subscribers porch. I washed cars and bussed tables which left me with a life time affliction of chapped lips. I was a soda fountain jock-jerk and a manic mechanic but my first real job was as a labor organizer in a maternity ward. Then, because of the misjudgment of a judge I spent nearly 10 years in the service of our country mostly on KP duty. Our country sure turns out a lot of dirty dishes. I am a past master at pots and pans. They eventually recognized my real talent and let me wander around some very unfriendly places carrying a big radio that didn’t work. Along the way I took up the bass guitar, jotting down stories, electronic engineering and earned a degree in advanced criminal activities. I spent most of my adult life, if you can call it that, working in the I.T. industry, which I was particularly suited for since we worked in rooms with no windows. On and off I taught in colleges, universities and reform schools as a student teacher… I like smog, traffic, kinky people, car trouble, noisy neighbors, and crowded seedy bars where I have been known to quote Raymond Chandler as pickup lines. I have always been a voracious reader, everything from the classics, to popular fiction, history to science but I have a special place in my heart for crime fiction, especially hard-boiled detective fiction and noir. I write a book and music review blog for all genres at The Dirty Lowdown and another dedicated to Crime Fiction and all things Noir called Crimeways. It’s named after the magazine that appeared in the Kenneth Fearing classic, The Big Clock. There I write scholarly reviews of the classic hard boiled, noir and crime fiction books from the 20's through today. Mostly I drool over the salacious pictures on the covers. I also write for Technorati/BlogCritics where I am part of a sinister cabal of superior writers.

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