Detective Daniel Hayes and his Special Assignment Squad (SAS) have their hands full. There’s a ruthless killer roaming the streets of Pittsburg, stalking and brutally murdering young women. When one murder turns to into several, the SAS know the killer won’t stop on his own. The case then becomes the sole focus for SAS members, Daniel, Henry, Sammie and Ted. Along with FBI profiler, Joe Torres, the group work together to narrow down the list of suspects before the murderer can kill again.
I found Small Talk to be a riveting crime novel. Robert Germaux’s characters are well developed and believable. Daniel Hayes (one of two POV characters) is charming, intelligent and three-dimensional. Robert Germaux takes great care to provide plenty of background to Hayes’ character, making him more relatable and interesting. The baseball references (Daniel Hayes is a former pro ball player) certainly gives the character more depth. Hayes’ growing relationship with bookstore owner, Lauren, is sweet and charming.
The chapters written from the POV of the murderer gives readers great insight into the mind of a killer. With just the right amount of arrogance and insanity, Germaux gives readers glimpses into what makes this murderer tick. This secondary POV definitely works and adds a great deal to the book.
As I neared the end of the book, I honestly thought I knew the direction Germaux was taking the story and I’m so glad I was wrong. Had he taken this route, I feel the story would have been contrived and predictable. Instead, the story wraps up in a uniquely different way.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good detective mystery with a bit of romance thrown in. Small Talk could very well evolve into a “Detective Hayes”
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton