Book Review: “Fail” by Rick Skwiot

October 20, 2014 at 9:36 am | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Rick Skwiot in his new book, “Fail book coverFail” published by Blank Slate Press introduces us to St. Louis Police Lieutenant Carlo Gabriel.

From the back cover:   When everyone is on the take, everyone fails.

Exiled to the city’s tough North Side, disgraced St. Louis Police Lieutenant Carlo Gabriel wants nothing more than to return to the headquarters hierarchy. To get his wish, all he has to do is track down the missing husband of the mayor’s press secretary. Instead he unearths a morass of corruption, educational malpractice, and greed that threatens to consign thousands of at-risk youths to the mean streets of America’s erstwhile murder capital. Worse, it’s the kind of information that could get a cop killed. Fighting for his life and his honor, Gabriel ultimately must make a choice that could affect not only his own future, but also that of the city and its top leaders.

“Fail” is somewhat similar to the classics that came out of the Forties and Fifties. One man takes a stand against not only political corruption but police corruption as well. This is a page turning mystery thriller as Gabriel’s life is in danger practically from the first page. Mr. Skwiot handles the themes of honor and redemption very well and has given us a character that we can root for to win. Mr. Skwiot has provided us with a fairly exciting book.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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  1. Thanks for sharing your review of this crime novel. This is a new author to us, but sure seems like one to follow!

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