Designed to Kill.
Chester D. Campbell
Durban House Publishing Company, Inc.
7502 Greenville Ave., Suite 5000, Dallas, Texas 75231
ISBN: 1930754469 $15.95 217-890-4050
The collapse of the balcony of a luxury condominium opens the Greg McKenzie Mystery, Designed to Kill. Author Chester D. Campbell adeptly weaves a tale of greed and murder.
Greg McKenzie, a sixty-five-year-old retired Air Force Office of Special Investigations agent, is asked by a close friend to look into the death of his son, Tim Gannon, who was found dead in his car from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Tim's architecture/engineering firm developed the plans for The Sand Castle where two people died after falling fifteen stories. Greg and his wife, Jill, travel to Florida where Tim had been staying in their condo while The Sand Castle was under construction. What the McKenzie's learn about the tense relationships between Tim and the other significant players in the project, leads to the discovery of the truth about the accident and Tim's death.
Designed to Kill does what a good murder mystery should: It leads the reader to believe one person is the obvious killer then ends with an unexpected twist. Campbell, who is also the author of Secret of the Scroll, writes with great pacing in his current novel and makes use of his journalism background in presenting the facts as the case evolves.
Chester Campbell's Designed to Kill is an entertaining piece that will hold great appeal for mystery lovers. I highly recommend this intelligent, unpredictable story.
Melissa Brown Levine, Reviewer