In J. Warren Weaver's To Kill a Ghost, Viktor Brown is shot and killed at his home. The neighborhood reels from the shock, while the victim’s grandson, Erik, stops his studies in medical school to help the family cope with the loss. When Erik discovers that the case is going cold, he begins his own investigation, but is he ready for what happens next? The premise of this suspenseful tale is an act of murder that gets the reader asking why anyone would kill a man who is still experiencing the loss of his wife. But when Erik starts digging for the truth, he quickly discovers that his grandfather is far from being the person everyone believes him to be. The path to unraveling the truth is filled with bloodshed as Erik immerses himself in a world of drugs and organized crime, with powerful forces determined to stop him. But he also uncovers a set of uncanny skills imbued in him by his late grandfather. The tale is nuanced and excellently accomplished.
To Kill a Ghost melds elements of crime fiction, thriller, and mystery to create an enjoyable, spellbinding reading experience. This twisty tale presents a fully drawn protagonist, a young man who suffers the loss of a grandfather and whose curiosity is aroused by the mystery surrounding the life of the man he has thought he knew so well. The plotting is deft, the writing is superior, and the author’s extraordinary ability to capture the depths of human emotions makes the story as believable as any can be. J. Warren Weaver plots with aplomb and executes with the skill of a seasoned writer, infusing the writing with suspense and mystery and creating characters that are elaborately developed and compelling. It is addictive and powered by persistent action, a stunning thriller that puts readers on the edge of their seats.
Reviewed by Franklin Bauer