Book Review: D.R.T.: Dead Right There

21 Nov

Registered sex offenders in Treasure Valley have started showing up dead, killed with apparent violence and forethought; and Detective Nate Richards finds himself pitted against a psychotic killer set on ridding the valley of the unclean.

When Chrystal Johansson, the only female on the killer’s list, barely escapes the attempt on her life, Richards takes her into protective custody. Driven by a voice he calls God and a group of men he calls the Uncles, the killer sets a deadline of two weeks to complete the valley’s cleansing.

Around him, the community divides about the actions of the vigilante. Some hail the killer as a modern day knight, only doing what they wish they could; while others curse him as being part of the sickness he claims to fight.

With the deadline quickly approaching, and the city threatening to tear itself apart, will the killer fulfill his calling or will Nate stop the killings before another victim turns up DEAD RIGHT THERE.


D.R.T. is currently available for Kindle for $.99. You can get it HERE.

From the author’s website — Ray Ellis  —  A twenty-two year veteran of law enforcement and an ordained minister, NHI is my first published book. As an author, I attempt to relate the common man’s struggle to live in a gritty world and remain clean.

My Impressions;

D.R.T.: Dead Right There is Ray Ellis’ second Nate Richards mystery/suspense novel. (You can read my review of N.H.I HERE.) Ellis has again written a a novel unlike most in the Christian market. This book is gritty — crime and the resulting sin are not whitewashed. The police that act to serve and protect are determined and dedicated, but far from flawless. If you want a look at the real world of crime and the affects of sin and depravity, then D.R.T. may just be for you.

The action of D.R.T takes place at least a year following N.H.I. Detective Nate Richards has a new partner and is beginning to have a new outlook on life. He has decided to move on from an uncertain relationship with Amber, a woman who left town following the case portrayed in N.H.I. Nate’s life gets complicated when faced with a murderer targeting registered sex offenders. The people that are dying are the very people the cops want to put away for a long time. But they are called to protect anyone who is a target, no matter their background. The reader is let in on the mystery about half way through the book, but that does not detract from the suspense, but actually heightens the tension.

Ellis has come a long way from his first novel. D.R.T. has much more polish. The writing flows better. I also like the way Ellis develops the motivation for his character’s actions. One of the targets of the killer becomes more real and somewhat sympathetic despite her past crimes. Nate’s character has evolved as well and is not as rough around the edges. The faith message Ellis presents is natural and moving.

The next book in the series is I.A.I.: Internal Affairs Investigation, and I am looking forward to more from Nate Richards. So if you like mystery, suspense, or a good police procedural, check out D.R. T. And while it is not necessary to read the first book to enjoy the novel, start with N.H.I. to get the full experience.


(I received D.R.T. from the author in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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