Book Review: Dark Associations by Marie Sutro

Get Ready For A Sleepless Night Or Two:
The Deadly Game Within Dark Associations

Dark Associations by Marie Sutro (Viper Press) is a compelling new work of crime fiction pulling readers into a chilling battle of wits between a sinister, twisted mind and a determined young detective.

Following the discovery of her protégé’s mutilated corpse, SFPD Detective Kate Barnes vows to capture an infamous serial killer known as the Tower Torturer. After years of silence, the psychopath has emerged from the shadows.

Young women close to Kate begin to disappear, as the killer taunts the detective, torturing his victims in various and unspeakable ways before displaying their corpses in macabre public tableaus. The predator always seems to be two moves ahead of the rookie investigator, despite her best efforts. As the body count rises, Kate struggles to apprehend the brutal mastermind before he resurrects history’s most insidious form of torture upon her.

Marie Sutro is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and a member of Sisters in Crime. A proponent of adult literacy, she volunteers with California Library Literacy Services, helping adults improve their reading and writing skills. Her great-grandfather, grandfather and father all served in the San Francisco Police Department, the collective inspiration for her debut novel. She resides in Northern California and is currently at work on the next Kate Barnes story.

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Dark Associations
By Marie Sutro
Viper Press
Available January 10, 2017
ISBN: 978-1943957033

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“Marie Sutro’s debut novel, Dark Associations, may just be this generation’s Silence of the Lambs. Erotic and frightening, it keeps the reader guessing until the last pages.”
– STEVE ALTEN, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Meg & Domain

“Dark Associations is a crime thriller extraordinaire that offers a deviously devilish mix of madness, murder, and mayhem. Marie Sutro’s finely tuned and polished debut effort channels the best of Thomas Harris, while serving up a serial killer who’d make even Hannibal Lecter blush… Grisly without being gratuitous, Dark Associations is like a literary battering ram, as relentless as it is riveting.”
– JON LAND, USA Today Best-Selling Author of Strong Cold Dead

“Dark Associations is a wickedly compelling debut by Marie Sutro, who presents us with a great cast of characters and a villain who’s as sadistic as they come. This one will keep you guessing right up till the end.”
– SPENCER KOPE, Author of Collecting the Dead

Book Review: An Innocent Client

An Innocent Client (Joe Dillard Series Book 1)

by Scott Pratt


5 Stars   A Legal Thriller That Thrilled This Reader

Attorney Joe Dilliard is burnt out from the beginning of the book, but he’s got a wife, children, a troubled sister, a sick mother, a rambunctious dog and clients that are depending on him. He’s planning to get out of the profession that has turned his idealism into cynicism and, with his wife’s support, he sets a timeline. …but he’d like “just one innocent client” to represent and win freedom for.

Joe’s character and his life are extremely multi-dimensional. His frustrations, fears and guilt are very human. I read through the story wondering if he would ever get his innocent client and wondering if he would survive the effects of successfully defending murderers. I cheered for him even when he wasn’t the “nicest”.

~ reviewed by Chelle Cordero

I look forward to reading Scott Pratt’s next book in the Joe Dilliard series.


Book Description

December 13, 2013
A preacher is found brutally murdered in a Tennessee motel room.A beautiful, mysterious young girl is accused.

In this bestselling debut, criminal defense lawyer Joe Dillard has become jaded over the years as he’s tried to balance his career against his conscience. Savvy but cynical, Dillard wants to quit doing criminal defense, but he can’t resist the chance to represent someone who might actually be innocent. His drug-addicted sister has just been released from prison and his mother is succumbing to Alzheimer’s, but Dillard’s commitment to the case never wavers despite the personal troubles and professional demands that threaten to destroy him.

“Pratt’s richly developed characters are vivid and believable, especially the strong Southern women who fight their male-dominated culture from behind a facade of vulnerability in this brilliantly executed debut.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“It’s Scott Turow and Grisham… The opening chapter is maybe the most compelling I’ve read in a decade.” – Ken Bruen

Smart and sophisticated, with a plot twist that will leave you shaking your head in wonder, “An Innocent Client” — the first in the acclaimed Joe Dillard series — will also leave you begging for more.

A New VHP Author – Neva Squires-Rodriguez!

Author Neva Squires-Rodriguez


Neva Squires-Rodriguez was born and raised in a neighborhood located on the North Side of Chicago. Mother, Wife, Expert at Multitasking… and now, Author, Neva creates electrifying stories with a twist.

Neva Squires-Rodriguez earned her Masters Degree from National University, a feat which she worked very hard to obtain and says she will work even harder to pay off.

She claims to be a typical American, full of dreams that will hopefully get her to a more comfortable lifestyle one day. She says, “God has a plan and I will follow wherever it is that He takes me.”


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Interview with Neva Squires-Rodriguez


What is the greatest joy of writing for you?

Writing for me is like entering another world.  I become one with my protagonist and it makes me happy knowing that my words may well live forever.


Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

My parents started me off in writing early.  We would take one night a week and write short stories down on a sheet of paper.  We had thirty minutes to write them and would read them aloud to each other after a timer went off.  This will be the first book that I have that is published.


What do you read for pleasure? 

I enjoy reading a little of everything, Poetry, all genres.  Specifically books that empower women.


When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time? 

Entertaining my four wonderful children, husband and cat and working at my full time job.


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Where to find Neva Squires-Rodriguez online



Twitter: @NevaRodriguez22



Welcome, Author Neva Squires-Rodriguez!

About Tamara Philip – VHP Author

After spending most of her life in New York City, Tamara Philip decided to let love lead her on an international adventure, where she’s met many amazing people and ate entirely too much. Tamara and her English-born fiance, Chris, now split their time between the United Kingdom and The Caribbean.

The Trouble with Playing Cupid is her debut novel, and writing has been her secret passion since childhood. Quirky female leads are her trademark.

On any given day you can find Tamara telling people what to do, dodging wedding planning, and working hard on her second novel.

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coming soonThe Trouble with Playing Cupid
July, 2014 (electronic editions), print edition TBD, audiobook TBD

Where to find Tamara Philip online

Twitter: @MsTamaraPhilip