Review: The Murderer's Smile by Kevin D'Onofrio

Title: The Murderer's Smile
Author: Kevin D'Onofrio
Published: March 31, 2015
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Pages: 203
Genre: Crimer/Thriller/Murder mystery
Review: Paperback provided by author to give an honest review 
Buy links: Amazon,, barnes and noble

As the top-rated news anchor in all of Dallas, Tony Michaels has his smiling face on billboards all over the Dallas Metroplex which proclaim him to be "The Most Trusted Man in Texas." But when the dismembered bodies of his wife and son are found in his backyard, he is arrested and the media dub him "The Anchor of Death." Tony insists on his innocence, but the evidence is stacked heavily against him and the prosecution believes he has motive. Facing the death sentence and now haunted by disturbing nightmares, Tony receives an unusual visit and enlists the help of friend and private investigator Ryan Samuels. Now it is up to Samuels to find out anything the police missed in their investigation that can prove his friend's innocence and save him from the lethal injection.

I received this book to give an honest review.

This was an okay crime thriller I kept thinking there was one person who was the killer but when we find out who it truly is it is like WOW totally didn't even see that. It was out of left field. 
The book is mostly about Tony who has always wanted to be a journalist he marries a beautiful woman and has a son with her but he feels like he wants to go places. You can tell Tony isn't happy with his life anymore. When he comes home from Hooters one night drunk as a skunk, then goes to work like everything is normal well it is for him until the police let him know his wife and child have been murdered. This is where we watch Tony proclaim his innocence to the very end. We all know Tony didn't do it but who did and why? 
The Tony character is very strong in the book to where you can relate to him in some ways though I didn't agree with some of his decisions on things. There are no chapters within this book just the page breaks which I found didn't bother me and I guess that is because we didn't have different p.o.v's just a story being told in third person. The only reason I didn't give this book a five rating was I felt that the book lacked in the police investigation area and what information Tony's lawyer was given him. I figured that since Tony was arrested his lawyer would have really fought for him but it was weak feeling. 

Kevin D'Onofrio
Kevin D'Onofrio earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from CSU Sacramento. Kevin is an avid baseball fan who currently lives in southern California with his dog, Frank.


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