We Were Killers Once by Becky Masterman

Retired FBI agent Brigid Quinn is back in another masterful tale. 

A bit of a different take on the well-known tale of a family of four living in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959 and their brutal murders.  Two men were convicted and executed for the crime. Perry Smith and Dick Hickok.  If it sounds familiar, it should. The investigation and outcome became a best seller for Truman Capote as In Cold Blood.

There has always been controversy over Capote’s story of the events. In this telling the author asks us to think about another family murdered in much the same way, and what if there really was the third killer out there? These men have told so many lies, it’s hard to believe what is and isn’t true. The killers are long dead when this arrives at Brigid and Carlo’s door.

A brutal killer has been released from prison. It’s been 30 years and DNA evidence is now on the scene and cold cases are being looked at again and saved DNA is being put in the system. The only thing on this killer’s mind is finding out if it is true that one of the dead killers ratted him out in his final confession to a priest. A priest who Carlo knew well and who unbeknownst to Carlo has given him a letter written by one of the killers before his execution.

Carlo and Brigid may not know they have the confession but our killer is sure of it and sets out to take out anyone in his way to avoid going back to prison. There is no statute of limitations on murder.

Brigid and Carlo are really well-written characters. Brigid, a kick ass and take no names former FBI agent and Carlo, a former priest, who chose love. They are so interesting and they make a great team.

A good series!

NetGalley/: June 4th 2019 by Minotaur Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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