Magdalene is the madam of a mob boss’s brothel. Tommy Flynn is the boss’s number one hitman. When a rival crime boss’s son is killed in the brothel and Magdalene and Tommy are framed for the crime, they are forced to take sanctuary in a cathedral while they struggle to find the real killer. Time is quickly running out for them as they are besieged on all sides, and Magdalene fears that her dark past has finally caught up with her.
Man’s Ruin by Nicola R. White is an erotic mystery in which there are no good guys, and it’s definitely not for the squeamish. It contains explicit depictions of sex and violence. The action, though, flows as relentlessly as a raging river, as Magdalene and Tommy burrow deep into the bowels of two rival gangs, dealing with murder and betrayal at every turn. No holds are barred, and the author doesn’t deal in euphemisms, so if explicit language and action bother you, give this book a pass. If, though, you like a mystery that pulls you in like an undertow, you might want to give it a look.
I received a reader’s advance copy of this book.
I give it four stars.