Inkslingers Ball: A Forensic Handwriting Mystery
Suspense Publishing, 2014 (2014)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
APD detective Joel Jovanic is feeling overwhelmed with crime in his district. A teenage girl is found in a dumpster, murdered. There is a firebomb attack and a young man is burned to death. A soccer mom is shot to death in her own home. Thugs are hired to protect a suspected criminal. They all end in death but seem separate events. However, Jovanic begins to see a connection between the crimes.
nd then there is Annabelle Giordano, a young girl in the temporary custody of the love of Jonavic's life, Claudia Rose. Annabelle has led a tragic, if short, life. She lost her mother and then a beloved mentor was killed in front of her. Her father neglected her. It's a woeful tale, as the girl makes some really bad choices.
laudia is a forensic graphologist. Annabelle gets involved with a tattoo artist. In so doing, she becomes privy to the dark side of life. She could end up like the girl in the dumpster. Both Jovanic and Claudia put all they have into saving this young girl, who doesn't care to be saved or see where the path she is on will lead her.
he book includes some very interesting info on graphology. Also, a short look into the world of tattoos. All in all, it's an interesting and exciting story. Good plot. The characters are real. The baddies almost seem a little too real. (I do admit though that I don't think I know any baddies.) Would hate to meet them in a dark alley at night. But they do help to carry the tale.
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