Thank you very much to Heather @ L Woods PR and J D Cary for providing a copy of the book to [K]

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.


Things are never what they seem; especially in police work.

John Testarossa is an LAPD cop with an NYPD attitude who has seen it all. The dead, the dying and the decomposing are all in a day’s work for the red-headed Italian from Brooklyn.

After an arm rolls up on a Santa Monica beach, and the dead body to which the arm was once attached is discovered, John and his partner, Alex Ortiz, enter the world of college sports, athletes, and the illegal drugs that enhance their performance.

Rage and revenge come together in a toxic cocktail John is all too familiar with. It defined him as a young boy, and ultimately still does as a man. He carries a dark secret.

It is in the beautiful Dr. Karen Gennaro—who has a few secrets of her own— that John finds a soft place to land. Even as he knows all too well what falling in love with a cop can do to a woman.

What sustains this hard-boiled detective is the bond he shares with his brave and dedicated partners. When that bond is destroyed in a senseless act of violence, will his past, and a desire for vengeance, destroy him?

From Los Angeles, where Venice Beach, Marina del Rey, and the dream of Abbot Kinney’s Venice Canals paint a picture of bliss, Testarossa will take you on a deeper, darker journey.


John Testarossa is an redheaded Italian LAPD cop. When an arm washes up on the beach John and his partner Alex investigate how it got there and who it belonged to. Leading them into the darker side of college sports.

When Testarossa meets the lovely trauma doctor Karen Gennaro we get an insight into his working life and as the book progresses you learn why acts and behaves the way he does.

I loved the camaraderie of the characters in this book, not just John and his partner, but other members of the police department. You could feel the strength of the bonds of friendship between the group and empathise with their emotions as though you were sat with them in the room.

I have been looking forward to reading a good cop thriller and this has definitely scratched that itch. I am looking forward to more in this series!


You can buy Testarossa (A John Testarossa Novel) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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