Reviews for Human Collateral
“When a young woman goes missing it’s up to two lifelong friends, Miles Darien and Ryan Duffy, to get to the bottom of things. When Miles starts his PI service in Lakeville, he didn’t anticipate a desperate mother to come knocking at his door. Cora Sims asks Miles to find her missing daughter, Olivia, after she up and leaves one day to start a new life in the big city of Chicago. With the help of his best friend, Ryan, Miles tracks down Olivia and undercovers a loan-shark organization that asks for organs as collateral. A penniless Olivia doesn’t realize how dangerous her situation is until it’s too late. In Harry Pinkus’ thriller novel: Human Collateral characters dodge bullets left and right, but will everyone make it out alive?
Author Harry Pinkus has written a riveting crime fiction story that is clear, concise and to the point. There is not a single plot structure or character that doesn’t fit in the story. The book is realistic when it comes to the political chain of command and police procedures. Even though Miles notes how the FBI blocks him from their investigation, he’s not trying to step on anyone’s toes or override police procedures to get the information he’s looking for. Generally, in murder mysteries, you have the noisy detective who jumps through loopholes to get to the bottom of things, not caring who they have to step over to find their killer. Not Miles though, he respects the police force and doesn’t push the investigation. Even though, as a reader, I wanted more information to help find the killer, I respect Miles for not bulldozing through the chain of command and letting the FBI do what they do best.
This is a realistic police procedural that puts the facts over the need for thrills. We follow the investigation with few surprises due to the methodical method with which everything is provided. Miles and Ryan’s day-to-day life is one that readers can understand, if not relate to, because of how grounded they are. Every character in this story has a very polite air about them. Their conversations reflect this and everyone has the same cordial sensibility.
Human Collateral is a compelling mystery novel that takes readers into the trenches of the private investigator world and tells a crime fiction story that feels realistic while still being interesting. If you are a reader looking for a meticulous who-dun-it that takes a pragmatic approach to solving a heinous crime, then this will certainly entertain you.”
— Thomas Anderson, Literary Titan
5 stars. “All Ryan wanted was a break from his journalist job and a holiday at his best friend’s home. But the vacation turned into the biggest adventure of his life. Ryan’s best friend was Miles, a P. I. extraordinaire who gained fame by bringing down a corrupt political party. His feat brought in a client named Mrs. Cora Sims, who wanted to find her daughter Olivia. Cora knew Olivia was missing when she received an impoundment notification of the car she had loaned her daughter. Ryan teamed up with Miles for a job that seemed like a simple investigation. However, the case degenerated into hunting down a ring of loan sharks cum organ traffickers. They took Olivia’s kidney and now wanted hers and Miles’ lives. Who goes down first? Find out in Human Collateral by Harry Pinkus.
How far would you go to raise money for your passions? Human Collateral by Harry Pinkus was a riveting tale of cheating death, crimes, showing kindness, giving hope, near losses, and finding love. This novel would appeal to those who enjoy lighthearted stories with some action. I loved everything about Human Collateral, from the even pace to the storyline and development. Organ trafficking is a pandemic, and the illegal market is expanding. While some people deliberately sold their organs, others did so through deception and coercion. Pinkus sheds light on this issue in the most captivating way. I loved the characters as they were impressive. George, Ryan, Jim, Olivia, Audrey, and even Molly were appealing. I also loved the relationship between Bobbie and Miles. If only all landlord-tenant relationships were that great. Thank you for a beautiful book.”
— Jennifer Ibiam, Readers’ Favorite
Reviews for The Kingmaker’s Redemption
The Kingmaker’s Redemption is recommended reading for political intrigue readers seeking high-octane action, and provides a story of winners, losers, and subterfuge steeped in the power, money, and processes of the American political system.
Departing from the status quo and prior precedents comes with its problems, as Jack McKay discovers when he decides to support a candidate he really believes in rather than the party he’s usually led to victory. His business is winning elections, but it’s about to become the center of a whirlwind of controversy when Jack lends his considerable influence to a campaign for an Opposition candidate against the Party.
Liberty Party leader Randall Davies knows what McKay’s decision means to his chances. Forces that operate behind the scenes contrive to implicate McKay in a crime that will sully his reputation and limit his ability to be a political influencer.
As the conspiracy gains momentum in the courts, McKay and his team are drawn away from their original objective and into a trial that leaves him fighting for more than his reputation, even as he learns new things about the process and the people behind it: “Jack was getting a real insight into what the prosecution was likely planning to present. He might have actually enjoyed the education had his life not hung in the balance.”
Harry Pinkus crafts the perfect intersection between legal and political thriller, cementing action with strong characters that operate on both sides of the election process, with special interests and influencers on all sides.
The personal challenges McKay faces as his choices affect family relationships and career are as much on the line as the question of who will win the election.
More than just a story of innocence and guilt, Pinkus calls into question motivation, political and legal processes, and fluctuating relationships changed by new realizations.
The Kingmaker’s Redemption is as much a story of survival, enlightenment, and changing interpersonal connections as it is a political legal thriller. Audiences who enjoy investigative mysteries operating at high levels of political circles will relish a story that winds through drama and action, adding a dash of romance as icing on the cake of intrigue.
— The Midwest Book Review
5 stars. “When a PR guru, Jack, spurns one candidate for another, a criminal setup is put in place to frame him and hurt his candidate’s chances. A number of personal relationships come into play as well as his wife files for divorce, and his mentor fights guilt, estrangement from his daughter, and bad health. The author works all together into a very good tale that has potential for a sequel or even more…”
— Doug Yonce (Educator), NetGalley
“A family man that works as a kingmaker, someone who pushes the narrative for political candidates, begins to feel differently about his work when one job ends and his troubled marriage begins to fail.
He chooses a new candidate to represent. One he really believes can make a difference. Unfortunately his business partner is not excited about the idea and the candidate they have previously endorsed is very angry.
Over the course of the book , the Kingmaker must negotiate his business, his friendships , his daughter, his soon to be ex wife and his new candidate while defending himself against some truly scurrilous charges.
Pretty good read. ”
— Cindy R., NetGalley