Review of “The Dead Don’t Bleed”

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“The Dead Don’t Bleed” eBook was published in 2016 (June) and was written by David Krugler (http://www.davidkrugler.com/). Mr. Krugler has published three non-fiction books and this is his first novel.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Situations and Mature Language. This Mystery Thriller is set in 1945 Washington D.C. during the final days of World War II. The primary character is Navy Lieutenant JG Ellis Voigt.

Voigt works for Navy Intelligence. The body of a Navy officer, Lieutenant JG Logan Skerrill, is found and Voigt is assigned to the case. As he and his partner investigate they turn up evidence that Skerrill is somehow tied in with a Russian spy ring. The spies seem to be after information pertaining to a secret government operation around Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Voigt goes undercover to ferret out how Skerrill was tied to the spies. Slowly the story seems to become clear of what happened. Voigt must avoid FBI agents who are also investigating the spy ring. Voigt is confronted with dangerous situations a few times. He also finds himself involved with a young woman who is working for the company out of which the spy ring is being run. At the same time he is trying to keep up his relationship with friend-with-benefits Liv.

I found the 9 hours I spent reading this 352 page novel interesting. I was compelled enough by the plot to keep reading, but I felt there was something lacking to the story. I was unpleasantly surprised by a significant plot twist near the end. I give this novel a 3.5 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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