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LocalLit book spotlight: 'Necessary Death' by R. Michael Markley of Joliet

R. Michael Markley of Joliet writes crime fiction with the Christian bent.
R. Michael Markley of Joliet writes crime fiction with the Christian bent.

I have never read a crime novel.

Or if I have, it was before college, and I don’t remember it.

However, I certainly have never read a true crime book with Christian themes.

But in February, I picked up the first two books in a series by a local author in my writer’s group. The first is called “Necessary Death,” and it’s written by R. Michael Markley of Joliet.

It’s that book I’ll be reviewing Tuesday in the LocalLit newsletter.

Since I have no experience with the genre or any of expectations that come with it, I’m taking an especially open approach to this book.

Here is its abridged Amazon description: “In the Tradition of The Godfather, ‘Necessary Death’ takes you inside the seedy and gritty world of Michael Marello, a world filled with corruption, blackmail, revenge, loyalty, deceit and murder.

Sometimes death is necessary for Michael Marello’s business to move forward. Titan Inc., also known as The Marello Empire to local authorities, is where Michael runs his operation ... When death touches him personally, things begin to change.”

Each week LocalLit will deliver an original short and family-friendly story, or a book review, by a local author to the newsletter’s subscribers.

Authors with a connection to our readership area may submit. Submission does not guarantee acceptance.

To submit or for information, call Denise M. Baran-Unland at 815-280-4122 or email dunland@shawmedia.com.

Sign up for the free LocalLit newsletter at theherald-news.com/newsletter/locallit/#//.

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