Wednesday 17 March 2021

Burying the Newspaper Man by Curtis Ippolito Blog Tour

 I'm more than happy to admit that I am a crime fiction lover.

The twists and turns, the mystery behind the cases, I feel like I get to be a real part of the stories, a detective if you will.

Burying the Newspaper Man by Curtis Ippolito is definitely one of those books!

A dead body. A dark past. An ordinary man with everything to lose.

Marcus Kemp is a regular beat cop living a normal life in San Diego, California. Until the day he makes a shocking discovery: a dead body in the trunk of a stolen car. Worse, the victim turns out to be the man who abused him as a child.

Marcus instinctively wants to help the killer get away with murder and, disregarding his police oath, will stop at nothing to make it happen. With both his job and freedom in jeopardy, his investigation leads him to an unexpected killer, and Marcus is soon faced with an impossible decision.

Can he finally bury the past before it drags him under?

The cover immediately drew me to this book.

Title perhaps not matching the narrative which the picture on the front depicts. I was intrigued, a strong feeling that this book was going to be intelligent and sharp.

We follow Marcus, I guess you'd say a typical cop. He works the streets but his seemingly normal life is turned upside down when he unfortunately discovers a dead body, but not just any dead body, it is someone from his past. His abuser.

Rewind to his past when Marcus is working for a local newspaper. His friendly boss Bill, who at first seems like the ideal manager, turns out to be a horrid pervert, taking advantage of young boys.

But why is Bill now lying on the ground murdered in a place thousands of miles away from where Marcus last had eyes on him?

What happens after is a serious game of cat and mouse.

Marcus comes across as a troubled character, even before the discovery of the body, so as more of his past is revealed, it is quite apparent as to why he is like he is. He isn't someone who can trust easily, but he is also a man who is determined and although can't trust, he himself is reliable, a person who'd you want by fighting your corner.

Bury the Newspaper Man has more than one mystery running parallel alongside each other. From Marcus taking on his own investigation, to the detectives trying to work out just why Bill was murdered and why Marcus is so invested in the case. Each part of the puzzle was pieced together methodically.

Despite the level of mystery, this is a speedy, thrilling read!

Short, sharp chapters keep things intense. As the reader I felt the need to carry on turning the pages at a rapid rate as I wanted to know what path the author was taking us down. 

I liked the mix of characters too. McKenzie (Marrcus's colleague) was a favourite of mine. His wit and banter added a much needed lighter element to the novel because for the most part this story is quite dark - as a crime novel should be.

I'm hoping we get to see more from these characters in subsequent books.

You can buy the book now.

But if you need more convincing before you go ahead and buy this novel then you can follow the rest of the blog tour here:


About the author

Curtis Ippolito lives in San Diego, California, with his wife. He is a communications writer for a nonprofit biological research facility. He has previously been a writer in the health care industry and is a former newspaper reporter. Follow him on Twitter @curtis9980.

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