Broken Promises: Joe Perrone
Maggie McFarland was shot. Was it an accident or someone that wanted to silence her forever? At 86 years old she was still a force to be reckoned with and sharp as a tack. So, what was the cause of impetus that sent her to the run down, old Artemis Hotel? Who was she planning to meet? What promise did she want to keep? Who saw her there and pulled the trigger and landed the fatal shot? Found within the ruins of the landmark Artemis Hotel burned by a fire over 70 years ago, someone decided to add to the rubble. The citizens of Roscoe are more than surprised bringing the town to a standstill, their thoughts wondering who or why as author Joe Perrone brings Chief of Police Matt Davis into the thick of the investigation hoping to find the answer. Maggie might have been senior in age but this amazing woman was one of the best trout fly tiers and few in the town came close. Broken Promises: just what promise did she want to keep? Who was she meeting at this hotel and why did she seem as if she was living in the past talking to someone who was not there? Wearing an old fashioned gown as if she might be attending a wedding, she finds herself within the confines of the ruins of the hotel but cannot process what happened to it. A broken down porch and one fatal shot! But, there is much more to consider before all of the answers are revealed.
Flashing back to 1944 the author introduces four young men hoping to go out and make some type of a fortune but not in a legal way. Hoping to commit the perfect robbery and not get caught these four learn that sometimes crime does not pay. But, one young man harbors his feelings and reminds readers that he is only participating so that he and his love can be together.
The setting is Roscoe a small town in Upstate New York where Chief of Police Matt Davis is facing more than just this murder investigation. Within this town there are several factions that are hoping to create a stir to allow wind power into this town providing as they say income for its residents. But, as one real estate man named Tony enlightens readers as to the damage, dangers and detriments of a wind power, the two sides collide, the police have to control tempers and the Mayor seems to be on the wrong side. Within this intricate plot the author reveals information or short biographies of each of the men that were involved in the heist to rob the payroll from a shoe factory. Two elderly guards were driving the armored truck and these four young men thought they could overtake them and get the money. But, the best-laid plans cannot predict the outcome you want, as there is much more to be revealed who decided to put a note on someone’s windshield stating it was an accident? Who was the mystery person in the prologue that apologizes for killing her? Broken Promises: Will they ever be mended?
A crisp, fast paced novel that keeps readers wondering just how the past will relate to the present and was Maggie’s death an accident or not? Will anyone come forward to help him? Characters that are clear cut, vividly depicted and interesting, author Joe Perrone’s ability to relate the facts in the case, take us through the investigation and revert back to the fire of the Artemis Hotel engages the reader from the start. Describing the dangers of putting a penny in a fuse box, how fast a fire can ignite and what happens when a town is unprepared for the worst, Broken Promises will not disappoint readers.
Clues are scarce and the ones that Matt finally receives come from unusual sources as he tries to piece together Maggie’s history, her life and figure out who might have killed her.
If Maggie’s murder is not enough the author adds in another problem that adds to Matt’s stress. Would you want wind turbines in your town? What if you would get paid by the company and would make a profit? But, what if these turbines would hurt the farm community, the air quality and much more? Can anyone stop what has already been set in motion? With his team of officers and neighbors Matt sets off on a hunt for a killer, the resources to stop the corporations, deal with finding out who was involved with the robbery and then hoping to solve the case before it goes cold.
Each link to the missing pieces leads back to the past and when Matt finds out the truth what happens will surprise the reader. Sometimes the past reflects in the present and things that we want to happen often don’t. One young man’s dreams foiled and a young girl’s heart that never mended. Who was responsible for Maggie’s death? What really happened and why? What happens when two people make a promise and it’s broken? With the help of Nellie, Maggie’s granddaughter the pieces just might fit together.
When the Mayor decides to take stand and does not back down what will be the final verdict about the wind turbines? Can the little town of Roscoe show the big corporations that they stand just as tall? Where are all the men who were involved in the robbery? What is their final fate? When promises and dreams are broken and two hearts tattered can they ever be mended and rewound as one? Broken Promises: author Joe Perrone brings to light many important issues in this novel: Friendships that are trusted, corruption that runs rather high, the past that winds up punishing some in the present and one woman whose memory will always live on. Matt David: Police Chief: Only the author knows what’s next for this tough cop.
Fran Lewis: Reviewer