Spider's Truth (Detective Trann Series Book 1)

Rated 2.67/5 based on 3 reviews
(Book 1 of 5-book series)
Orphan Black meets The Manchurian Candidate in this psychological thriller.

Some people can’t let go of a grudge. Homicide Detective Sean Trann is learning this the hard way. He interrupted the killing spree of Boston’s most notorious serial killer, Spider. When Spider's true motives are revealed, Sean must stay professional, even when those in his life are targeted. More
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About Christa Yelich-Koth

Christa Yelich-Koth is an award-winning author (2016 Novel of Excellence for Science Fiction for ILLUSION from Author's Circle Awards) of the Amazon Bestselling novels, ILLUSION and IDENTITY. Her third book in the Eomix Galaxy Novel collection is COILED VENGEANCE.

Christa has also moved into the world of detective fiction with her internationally bestselling novel, SPIDER'S TRUTH, the first in the Detective Trann series.

Looking for something more YA? Try the Land of Iyah trilogy, starting with book 1: THE JADE CASTLE.

Aside from her novels, Christa has also authored a graphic novel, HOLLOW, and 6-issue follow-up comic book series HOLLOW'S PRISM from Green-Eyed Unicorn Comics. (with illustrator Conrad Teves.)

Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Christa was exposed to many different things through her education, including an elementary Spanish immersion program, a vocal/opera program in high school, and her eventual B.S. in Biology. Her love of entomology and marine biology helped while writing her science fiction/ fantasy aliens/creatures.

As for why she writes, Christa had this to say: "I write because I have a story that needs to come out. I write because I can't NOT write. I write because I love creating something that pulls me out of my own world and lets me for a little while get lost inside someone or someplace else. And I write because I HAVE to know how the story ends."

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About the Series: Detective Trann
A psychological thriller series that follows Detective Sean Trann as he and his team deal with a new kind of killer--one the police have called "Spider."

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Reviews of Spider's Truth (Detective Trann Series Book 1) by Christa Yelich-Koth

Audrey Driscoll reviewed on Sep. 29, 2021

While reading the first half of this book, I kept thinking that the fictional version of the Boston Police Department presented here was disorganized and ineffective. Think Keystone Cops. I couldn't see what makes Detective Trann special; his personal life is a mess and he has an incredibly short fuse. Sergeant Millan, a kind of father figure to him, is always telling Trann to go home and take a rest, even in the middle of a serial killer investigation. The only characters that have their act together are the medical examiner, Charlotte Salla, and Mags the receptionist.
Around the halfway point, the plot takes a weird turn. My suspension of disbelief was already creaking and totally bottomed out when the motive for the murders was revealed, along with a whole lot of other stuff.
All that said, I admit I read to the end in order to find out what happened. The climactic scenes were pretty unbelievable, but wrapped up the story fairly well.
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USAGal-1 reviewed on May 29, 2020

The overview sounded interesting, so I thought I'd try this book. The concept is okay, but the execution is deplorable. The pacing is choppy. For those who prefer to these things, there is some graphic violence, and one vivid, but not graphic love scene. It's more awkward than arousing.

The dialogue is juvenile. It sounds like what a sheltered teen might imagine cops and bad guys sound like. The conversational flow is, at best, stilted. The characters have no depth and no appeal. Sean, the lead detective, is supposed to be a really smart cop, but he comes across as a gullible and immature idiot. None of the cops sound terribly professional. I don't think the author did any research into police procedures. If she did, she chose to ignore it. Everything about the "bad guys" is cheesy, silly, and completely unbelievable. Their reasons for committing the crimes, their methods, their organization: it all stretches credulity to about a million light years beyond belief.

This is NOT a cliffhanger. However, the denouement is as monumentally stupid as the rest of this ridiculous farce of a book. I will definitely not be reading more of this series.
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F zahia reviewed on Oct. 23, 2019

Unbelievably fantastic plot and fast paced
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