Lookout Columbo, Sam Wicks is on his way! :)
I lived with a woman that LOVED Peter Falk's Columbo series. And I swear, this story was BETTER than anything Columbo put on.
As you may have guessed "Gameplayer" is a murder mystery. The only real comparison here to anything Columbo had was that there was, indeed, a murder that took place.
Gameplayer is one for all you 'whodunnit' buffs even though you know who done it. It's how he gets discovered and foiled that makes this story interesting.
It takes place in a town on the Eastern seaboard and our characters aren't really complex at all. They're basically "everyday joes" like you and I. Living their lives and letting everyone else be.
Enter our major 'player' whose girl/woman watching leads him to a place of drastic circumstances.
The major players in this drama have all the same qualities as you, me or anyone else you might now. However, the story slightly explores what happens when one's quirky little habit becomes someone elses obsession and then her demise.
Not a good thing to happen in reality and although it has happened many times in reality, the story doesn't get solved as well and as quickly as this one does.
And yes folks a predictable love story does take place. But, it doesn't detract from the story one bit. In fact, the story is just well written and plotted out!
Obviously, for me, this was a good story. zHowever, I don't know if it was how it got formatted or if there were intentional language quirks in it (or just typos from reading it over too many times or not reading it over enough.) But, all that aside, and still is a good story to read and it's not hard to follow in spite of the few format or edit flaws.
I highly recommend this one to all of you. Keep in mind that there is relatively little sex in this story. So, if you're looking for a real 'stroker' here, you'll be disappointed. Oh and for those fans of explicitly detailed bdsm, torture, rape, snuff stories out there. The story was handled tastefully. The author didn't go into sickening details. The violence was bad enough and probably one of the reasons I enjoyed it was because this author didn't over-sensationalize the brutality that such acts take on.
So, if you're looking to get a 'rush' out of this story, again you will be disappointed because this wasn't written by a sicko! (At least it doesn't come across that way)