May 30, 2011

The Last of the Good Guys by Ernesto Patino

When three former cops commit suicide, private investigator Alec Santana knows it’s not a coincidence.

An ex-cop inexplicably commits suicide in Miami, and his widow turns to her husband’s best friend, Alec Santana, for assistance. Soon after, two more ex-cops commit suicide. After talking to one of the widows, Santana discovers they all had a single event in common: they responded to a Christmas Eve fire almost fifteen years ago.

Threatening letters turn up, prompting Alec to dig deeper into events from the past. He knows he’s on the right track but things turn dangerous as someone tries to run him off the road. The police refuse to help, insisting there’s no connection between the suicides and recent accidents.

Alec hits one dead end after another in his search for suspects and he nearly gives up, until he uncovers a shocking secret… 


Ernesto Patino grew up in El Paso where he graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso. He received a Bachelor of Music degree and taught school for a couple of years before joining the FBI as a Special Agent. His career spanned 23 years, most of which were spent in South Florida. He now lives in Tucson, Arizona, and divides his time between writing and working as a private investigator. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers Organization (ITW).

When Ernesto is not working as a P.I. or writing a book, you can usually find him at a local dance studio where he continually strives to perfect his skills as a ballroom dancer.

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Who doesn't love a great mystery story? Ernesto Patino might not be a well known mystery author ... yet.  But he has written another great book that I truly enjoyed. I read one of his earlier books last year titled Web of Secrets and was looking forward to reading this new one.

The story revolves around a private investigator who is trying to figure out why three former cops commit suicide within days of each other.  He finds a common link ... they all responded to an emergency fire call fifteen years earlier. He gets no cooperation from the local police department when he tries to sort through old evidence and case files. Yet he eventually finds a link and unfortunately many lives are lost as the criminals try to cover their tracks.

This is a small book and I read it in one sitting ... it's only 180 pages.  The story was enjoyable, it kept my attention from start to finish, and I would definitely read other books written by Ernesto Patino.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of LWS Literary Services in exchange for my honest review.

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