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on Tour at Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours Oct 13 – Nov 14, 2014

Fail by Rick Skwito

Paperback: 262 pages
Publisher: Blank Slate Press (October 27, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0985808683
ISBN-13: 978-0985808686

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Disgraced African American St. Louis Police Lieutenant Carlo Gabriel wants fiercely to return to the headquarters hierarchy from which he has been exiled to the city’s tough North Side. All he needs do is track down the missing husband of the mayor’s vivacious press secretary. Instead he unwittingly and unwillingly unearths a morass of corruption, educational malpractice and greed that consigns 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 life and his honor, Gabriel makes chilling discoveries that ultimately lead to a life-threatening and life-changing decision—a choice that could affect not only his own future but also that of the city and its top leaders.


Fail is the first book by this author that I’ve read and now I’m a fan of Rick Skwiot. The book is packed with action, twists, and unusual characters that you wouldn’t think would mesh, but Skwiot makes it work and makes it interesting.

I loved reading about the locations around the Mississippi River and the seedier side of the area. The characters were interesting and the story will keep you turning the pages, eager to find out how the story ends.

The story had a message that no matter how bad things are, the can get better and I loved that, especially with the theme of the book.

I hadn’t read a thriller/mystery in a while even though it’s my favorite genre, so this was a welcome read, especially since it was so good! Anyone who loves this type of book should find a copy. It’s a quick read but packed full of everything a mystery lover loves.