Beholden: A Marlowe Black Mystery

Gabriel FW Koch
Outskirts Press (2017)
ISBN 9781478792192
Reviewed by Michel Violante for Reader Views (2/18)

“Beholden: A Marlowe Black Mystery” by Gabriel FW Koch begins with a dead body sitting in the chair at Marlowe Black’s office desk the day after the fourth of July weekend in 1950.  Being a veteran turned private investigator after WWII, and having no open cases at the moment, it is no surprise that Black takes on the case of the dead body himself. Yet he is later hired by the sister of the dead man and she offers what little she can pay Black to find the killer. But she will not be his only client – a beautiful woman also requires his services to find some missing Russian coins for her. Finally Black also gets hired by the Treasury Department.  Little did he know that, what he thought to be different cases, would take him into a web of intrigue between the Mob, the US Treasury Department, and German SS hidden in the US – all related to the dead body in his office…

Gabriel FW Koch did a great job creating an impressive page turning mystery. This novel is well written and filled with intrigue and action that will take the reader to a credible adventure set in New York during the 1950s. I found myself at the edge of my seat more than once as I immersed myself in this plot driven read. The character development was spot on, the pace kept increasing along with the scheming. The dialogue moved the story forward as it developed characters even more. The contrast of what is right and what is wrong within Black’s own conscious added even more to this mystery.

Overall, I found “Beholden: A Marlowe Black Mystery” by Gabriel FW Koch to be a five star awesome page turner. I totally recommend this story to those that love a good detective mystery, and can hardly wait for another one from this author!

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