Luck of the Draw
Anthony J. Cardieri
Being a child of the televised crime-serial phenomena, it is hard to believe that a novel of the same genre could have such a lasting impact. But, alas, after tentatively opening ‘Luck of the Draw’, written by debut author Anothony J. Cardieri, all my fears were laid to rest. As it was then that I realised I had delved into a novel that could rival all crime shows.
The festive season is upon the residents of New York when a serial killer comes amongst them with one objective only…to kill. When Detective Deke Durgess wakes once again to the sound of his mobile phone; through learned instinct he knows that the killer has struck again. Pushing through the media frenzy, which has already coined the phrase “daily killer”, Durgess finds himself in a crime scene where a family of four are dead.
In ‘Luck of the Draw’, Cardieri follows Detective Deke Durgess as he investigates the work of the daily killer. With Cardieri effectively bringing the reader into the investigation, the reader witnesses the trials that come of being a lead homicide detective, especially when an entire city is looking to you for answers. It is then through the eyes of this protagonist, that we become not only the observer but also the detective as we too struggle to crack what seems to be the unsolvable case.
Although ‘Luck of the Draw’ is not a book that should be taken on lightly, it is also one that is accessible to all readers. Being someone who is not usually taken with such gruesome premises, Cardieri’s book was somehow different. Without struggle I ploughed through this short but intense crime novel, with the satisfaction of reading an author that truly understands his genre.
By Georgia Kelly-Bakker