Killing Influence by C. James Brown – Book Review

Killing Influence by C. James Brown – Book Review

Killing Influence by C. James Brown

Killing Influence
Earl Town Book Two

Author – C. James Brown
Pages – 267 Pages
Released – 23rd January 2020
ISBN-13 – 978-1733749831
Format – ebook, paperback
Review by – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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PI Earl Town returns in Killing Influence.

Two vivacious social media stars die just days apart. Both worked for Boom Productions, a self-described “arms dealer in the platform wars”— they create online content that generates billions of clicks.

The timing of the seemingly unsuspicious deaths worries an aging mafia don whose granddaughter is a standout among Boom’s talent stable, so he hires PI Earl Town to investigate and Earl soon finds himself looking for clues among self-absorbed social media starlets, their fanatical parents, young social media entrepreneurs, rock stars, and gangsters.

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Private Investigator Earl Town is asked to look into the deaths of two social media stars by a Mafia Don as their deaths seem suspicious to him and they were both represented by the same firm, Boom Productions, that represents his granddaughter and he’s worried for her safety.

Earl is out of his league with all these social media starlets, computers, internet, etc as he’s very old school but if he wants to get paid he has to keep digging.

Killing Influence is the second book in the Earl Town Series. I haven’t read the first and whilst I believe it can be read as a standalone, this is only the case if you don’t mind not knowing Earl’s backstory or much about him.

The writing took some getting used to as it is told from Earl’s point of view and reads like an old detective television series where the detective narrates everything that is happening and his thoughts on every little aspect of what is going on in his head. He’s very sarcastic and often opens his mouth before he engages his brain, but this worked for him and the book.

The plot was bang up to date given that it involved the world of social media and the darker side of it. It was refreshing to actually see a detective struggle rather than have all the answers all the time and need help from others with some of his investigations.

The storyline is filled with mystery which is what I would expect from a PI novel and it was intriguing to watch the pieces of the puzzle come together. If you enjoy private detective novels then I would recommend this book to you.

Book Reviewer – Stacey

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6 Responses

  1. Megan & Crystal | Bookstagram says:

    Private investigator books always intrigue me 🙂 This one sounds like it turned out pretty well. Great review!

  2. DJ Sakata says:

    You have my attention, this one sounds intriguing

  3. Ashleigh says:

    Great review as always

  4. Kathy West says:

    Such a great review!

  5. vidya says:

    I have not read private detective novels for a while but I do love them; so will check this out;

  6. Robin Loves Reading says:

    Intrigue is one of my favorite things to read. Excellent review.