Review of The Dark Hour by Robin Burcell

The Dark HourThe Dark Hour

by Robin Burcell

Published November 27th 2012 by Harper

This is the third book featuring FBI Special Agent Sydney Fitzpatrick. There is plenty of fast paced action, some unexpected plot twists, with just a little touch of romantic thoughts thrown in for spice. The story stands well on its own, but you would understand some of the ideas a little better if you had read the first two books first. If you have a kindle,  all three books are under $5.00 each at Amazon, so you might want to read them in order.

I enjoyed the story. Sometimes it seemed a little too easy for the “Good Guys” to escape the predicaments that they got into. But they certainly got into plenty of them, so they had to get out of them quickly, so that the action didn’t suffer. There were multiple groups of agents doing different things at the same time, and the story would switch between the various groups, so there was never a dull moment.

Ms. Burcell knows how to hold your interest and spin a fast paced story. I give this 4 stars. Sometimes it was just too easy to escape from trouble.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Book Description

Release Date: November 27, 2012

A high-profile killing has brought FBI Special Agent and forensic artist Sydney Fitzpatrick to Amsterdam—even as the assassination of a prominent U.S. senator rocks the political world. Two seemingly unrelated murders are leading Sydney to the threshold of a shocking conspiracy to spread a plague of death across the globe, especially when her sketch of a killer—and possible conspirator—reveals the face of a female CIA agent believed to be dead.

The murder of a witness and the disappearance of the missing agent’s husband, covert government operative Zachary Griffin, has Sydney racing against the clock to prevent a biological nightmare of astronomical proportions. For the dark hour is rapidly approaching when all secrets will be revealed . . . and the lives of countless millions will hang in the balance.

Product Details

Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages

Publisher: Harper (November 27, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0062133470

ISBN-13: 978-0062133472

Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.6 x 1 inches

Shipping Weight: 4 ounces

About the Author

Robin Burcell spent nearly three decades working in law enforcement before retiring to write fiction full time. She has testified as an expert in the fields of forensic art, fingerprints, and child abuse. An FBI academy-trained forensic artist, her drawings have been used to solve a number of crimes, including homicides, bank robberies, and hate crimes, and she was called upon by various law enforcement entities, including the FBI, for this skill. She has worked with live witnesses, and the dead, sometimes having to set up shop in a morgue to draw the corpses for identification purposes after they have been found in a state beyond recognition (hence the term forensic artist).

Her past undercover assignments have been as a hooker, a housewife, and a high school student (and although this was years ago, she still retains her youthful looks).

She worked patrol and was a hostage negotiator for a number of years. She has also served as a detective investigating sexual assault, child abuse, crimes against persons, and crimes against property (burglaries, thefts, embezzlements).

She is the two-time Anthony Award-winning author of four previous novels featuring SFPD Homicide Inspector Kate Gillespie: Every Move She Makes, Fatal Truth, Deadly Legacy and Cold Case. Cold Case, the fourth installment in the Kate Gillespie SFPD series, is a combination mystery and police-procedural story about the first female homicide inspector for the San Francisco police department.

She is continuing a new series about an FBI forensic artist. The first book, The Face of a Killer, was published in 2008, followed by The Bone Chamber in 2009. The Dark Hour came out in 2012. The Black List will be published in January 2013. You can visit her website at:

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