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143 Reviews (Including 4 Editorial Reviews)
Goodreads 3.82 Star rating
(373 ratings - 35 reviews)
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19—★


Amazon 3.5 Star rating
(109 customer reviews)

Editorial Reviews are listed first.
Reader reviews follow in chronological order, beginning with the most recent.
Reviews are also listed by star rating.

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Editorial Reviews:

Shattered Triangle by William P. Messenger
September 19, 2018 by Jake Bishop
Hollywood Book Review
Genre: Crime / Thriller


This novel starts and ends with a murder case. However, in between it examines the friendship and lives of three distinctly different individuals who make up the triangle referred to in the author's title. Giovanni and Giuseppe are twins. Tom is their friend. They grow up together in Southern California, begin to grow apart as each finds his own way in the world, and yet remain connected in ways that will have devastating effects on each of them.

Giovanni is a good, honest, pious lad who becomes infatuated with the Catholic Church and its reverence for God. He eventually enters the priesthood. Giuseppe is a smart, clever, often manipulative young man who pursues a career in the world of business. Tom is a sharp, savvy, occasionally idealistic fellow who becomes a cop. Throughout the initial sections of the novel, author William P. Messenger is intent on exploring the behavioral and philosophical differences between the three young men. He does so by recounting each one's history as he shares their development from boys to adolescents to men. Giovanni never really strays from his path. While he practices a more modern form of Catholicism than his elders in the church, he is no less committed to Christianity. Giuseppe, on the other hand, is laser focused on personal success, which he achieves through entrepreneurship and guile (both in equal measure). Tom begins as a uniformed policeman and later becomes a detective, admittedly at the cost of his marriage. In fact, it is through Tom's eyes that the book's narrative unwinds. He tells his story to the reader with a sense of world-weariness, loss an regret—emotions which are not foreign to a Los Angeles police officer.

The murder that bookends the novel is the killing of Giuseppe's family. His wife and children are all assassinated in their home while Giuseppe is away. Tom is tasked with not only finding out who would commit such a horrendous act, but also why—and the latter winds up proving not only more difficult, but more diabolical than the former.

Messenger is a good writer, skilled at dissecting thoughts, feelings, and motivations that lead to character traits which provide insights into each principal player's actions. A tendency toward repetitiveness occasionally slows the pace of his tale but it doesn't blunt the overall emotional impact of both his story and its surprises. This is a thinking man's tale that employs nostalgia, ethics, and morality to take readers through an intellectual labyrinth—with the murderer and the motive only revealed at the vey end of
Shattered Triangle.


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--by
Authors Reading on May 30, 2018
Shattered Triangle: A Consequential Murder by William P. Messenger is written in the fashion of a fictional autobiography of Tom Moran a detective in the Robbery Homicide Division of the LA police force. Messenger tells his story by way of the detective Tom Moran. It is a stunning novel, that raises questions of fate, human nature, and the inextricable ties that bind us together. The main characters Moran reminiscences about in this journal are twin brothers, Giuseppe and Giovanni Lozano, who he meets when he's six years old. The three of them stay close friends through their elementary school years all the way into adulthood. The journey from childhood to adulthood is detailed, and you get to know what makes Tom, Giuseppe, and Giovanni tick. Anyone who lived in the fifties, sixties, and seventies will recognize the authenticity of the life that Messenger meticulously scripts.

One of the twin Lozano brothers, Giovanni, becomes a priest, and the other, Giuseppe, segues from successful businessman to being a politician. Tom Moran maintains his close relationship with Giovanni as he moves up the ranks as an LA police officer even though his belief in the hereafter is virtually the opposite of Fr. Giovanni.

As the story unfolds, Moran fondly reminisces about the adventures, loves and dreams the three of them shared as youths.

All three of them become successful in their endeavors and are living the life that they had dreamed of until something horrible happens that will test their friendship and their beliefs.Detective Tom Moran remembers the call, which he received at 1:20 am that started the nightmare. It was a frantic call about an incident at Giuseppe's family home. He would soon curse that he had been with the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division that evening.

Murder scenes are always difficult, even for seasoned police officers, but when the victims are your friends, that familiarity makes it that much more gut retching. The clues to the gruesome murder of Giuseppe's wife and three children were few; there were a footprint and a missing encrypted file.

Who and why was Giuseppe's family killed? Was it because he was a candidate for the Senate or was it an old business rival or someone he had angered as he fought his way up the political ladder? As Moran uncovers secrets, reveals motives, and finds answers, a chilling question emerges and lingers unanswered. Another mystery for me was if author William Messenger who was once a priest imbued his fictional priest, Giovanni Lozano, with a lot of his own beliefs and history. Regardless of the answer to that question, Messenger has created a very real sounding murder mystery with easy to relate to characters.

Brilliantly conceived and executed, the story builds with layer upon layer. Who are the good guys, who are the bad guys, who and who are the in-betweens? It's a great read for anyone who likes a good murder mystery. "Shattered Triangle: A Consequential Murder," is a story of betrayal, love, intrigue, and how the quest for power can spiral out of control. If you don't pay close attention to the details and subtle hints sprinkled about in this complex murder mystery, the ending will be a complete surprise. Hey, there is also a sequel to "Shattered Triangle: A Consequential Murder."


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Shattered Triangle by William P. Messenger
January 19, 2018 by Ron Capshaw
in Fiction, Indie Book Reviews, IR Approved, Mystery/Thriller / by IR Staff
IndieReader


Verdict: 
William P. Messenger excels in a story that brings three childhood friends together again in much more than a mere murder mystery. Along the way he provides commentary on “bromances,” how much you really know your friend, God and revenge, and whether the ends justify the means.

William P. Messengers’ three childhood friends, now a cop, a politician and a priest follow the familiar male relationship trajectory of only coming together at a funeral. In this case, it is the murder of the politician’s wife and three children; seemingly from an expert hitman.

All three were damaged long before the murder.  Now however they have become even more conflicted.  The priest, Giovanni already filled with doubts, now battles with the temptation of seeking revenge over forgiving the killer.  The politician, Giuseppe, fears that something in his often corrupt past as a politician might have assured his wife and children’s deaths.  Meanwhile, Tom, the detective, who was mentored by the infamous LA Police Chief Daryl Gates in the art of planting evidence, now must once again juggle ends versus means.

This set-up allows Messenger, who was a priest for 30 years in L.A., to bring the world of politics, religion and police work into the mix; teasing out the contradictions and similarities in all three.  But what is most impressive about the book is how Messenger has mastered the difficult art of the flashback as well as managing a large group of characters and themes.

But Messenger doesn’t cheat the reader on suspense while ruminating on existential questions.   Although at times his pace is off, he does get readers to turn the pages and he gives them a shocking payoff at the end.  The surprise ending will haunt the reader, and make them hungry for an obviously-set sequel.

Every generation it seems critics say a writer has taken the mystery genre as far as it can go.  In the late 1920s, it was Dashiell Hammett, who authenticated crime based on his Pinkerton experience by putting murder into the nihilistic world of the big city.  Raymond Chandler built upon this, creating a sinister atmosphere of conspiracy and upper class sadism.  Then Ross MacDonald contributed an academic take on the genre.  Today, it is James Ellroy, with his scatological, borderline sane and hurtling pace that has been credited with taking the hardboiled mystery as far as it can go.

But Messenger has built upon this tradition, bringing his métier of religion and the crisis of conscience it can impose on even priests into a story that transcends the murder mystery.


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Shattered Triangle, a Crime Thriller by William P. Messenger
September 7, 2016 by Bella Wright
in Crime Book Thrillers, New Book Releases, Police Procedural Books,
Thriller Book Reviews, Thriller Reviews

The Bottom Line: An uncommonly well-characterized murder mystery about the friendship between a politician, a priest and a police lieutenant.

When a leading candidate for the U.S. Senate returns to his Los Angeles home, he finds his wife, two teenage daughters and eleven-year old son murdered. To investigating lieutenant and close family friend Tom Moran, it looks like a professional hit. But what could the motive for killing the family of a politician be? Is it revenge for a past political indiscretion? Could it have been done by an election rival in hopes that the grieving candidate will drop out of the race?

Readers looking for a classic police procedural will find much more that they bargained for in
Shattered Triangle. Author William P. Messenger plays with traditional story structure, flashing back and forth in time, revealing telling details of the actual crime itself far before the end. Still, Messenger still manages to deliver a shocker of an ending that sets up the second book in the series nicely.

While the book's pacing is deliberately methodical, much of it dwelling on backstory, Messenger succeeds in writing a compelling post-mortem about how close friends grow apart over a lifetime. The author juggles a huge cast, but the most interesting is undoubtedly Tom, who began his career under infamous LAPD Police Chief Daryl Gates: "We had one objective and one only: to get gang members off the streets by any means. If that meant planting evidence on the suspects we questioned, even guns and drugs, well, so be it."

The narrative features the alternative points of view, but Tom's vantage point is especially rich, particularly as he attends the funeral in the book's opening pages, when his emotional attachment to the family clearly impedes his profession obligations to find the killer. As he gradually gets his teeth into the case, his discoveries reveal much about the family's network of friends and their public and private personas.

Overall, Messenger delivers admirable psychological heft that will no doubt impress readers looking for more than just a murder mystery.


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Reader Reviews:

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★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Read this book
October 12, 2019 by mysmys

Excellent. Well written with exceptional character development. Ending is perfect.

★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
Definitely a Winner
October 2, 2019 by Janie

I couldn't put this novel down. I kept reminding myself that this novel was fiction. The characters seemed to come alive. Each character was affected by the brutal killing of a mom with her two daughters and her son. Twin brothers. One being a priest with their childhood friend that is a cop. The cop investigates the death of the family of one of the twins. I recommend this novel.

★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
What an unusual way to frame a mystery!
October 2, 2019 by Mary arnold

The 3 main characters have been interwoven since childhood: a priest, a cop and a businessman. Their lives lead to a twisted finish.

★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fast paced. Psychological Thriller.
October 1, 2019 by Sue

Loved the writing and dialogues style. Story follows well, not too many big reality jumps to make. Characters were well developed and believable. Only hints of "who done it"! Had to think outside the box.

★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good and Evil
September 28, 2019 by Kindle Customer

I didn't want to think Sep was as evil as he is, but knew he had to be sick and responsible for all the murders! What price power!

★★★
3.0 out of 5 stars
August 14, 2019 by keengary
Slow start and somewhat predictable ending

The background story made for a slow start to the story. The ending was somewhat predictable as it was set up by the slow winding through the back story leading up to the present day.

★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good
August 14, 2019 by Diana

Good

★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
First Mystery for Me
July 27, 2019 by Mrs. A

This was the first mystery I have read and it was worth the read! Enjoyed this book. I will give others a chance now.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant Read
July 19, 2019 by Paul Smith

Very well written thriller with a surprising ending. This author has done his research into the running of the police and the political scene at the time. I loved the use of factual alongside the fictional to give a deeper understanding of the plot, etc. Thoroughly enjoyed and recommend you read this book. You will be pleasantly surprised!

★★★★
4.0 out of 5 stars
Shocker
July 12, 2019 by quaintreader

The author gave a lot of early background buildup of the characters that really seemed to drag the story down at times. But I enjoyed the storyline and the shocking ending. I would definitely recommend this first book in the trilogy and will want to find out what happens next in books two and three.

★★
2.0 out of 5 stars
Abandoned
June 20, 2019 by Keith Trullinger

This was one of the few books that I abandoned part-way through it. The author seemed to have political axes to grind at the expense of the story. Life is too short to waste my time on this.


★★
2.0 out of 5 stars
Huge disappointment
June 20, 2019 by Anjin

Way too much political preaching. Also, uses the trick of not finishing the story so you have to buy the next one.

★★★ 3.0 out of 5 stars

June 28, 2019 Rizello

I wanted to like this book. It starts out with a great premise. Then the first 3/4 of the book is spend providing detailed historical background. It read more like a history lesson of LA than a book.

★★★ 3.0 out of 5 stars
Abandoned
June 25, 2019 Keith Trullinger

This was one of the few books that I abandoned part-way through it. The author seemed to have political axes to grind at the expense of the story. Life is too short to waste my time on this.

★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
Terrific
June 15, 2019 by Philip Locke

Best I have read in a long time. Good command of the language. Will definitely read this author in the future..

★★★ 3.0 out of 5 stars
Head trip
June 15, 2019 by tommytrojan

I expected a cop story whodunnit. This is a Psych 101 text. Very disappointed. Never again will I read this author.


★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
Incredible story and characters
June 5, 2019 by Kindle Customer

This is a remarkably detailed story involving 3 primary characters that the majority of the book denotes to developing them. The point of the story is revealed in large in the book and is artfully described. The ending is unsatisfying but somehow consistent with the whole story. Very well done.

★★★
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good book to a point. Every major city and state having major problem with drugs, the homeless, are run by the Democrats. They also have more millionaires than Republicans, are given to lie, mislead as in the phony charges against Trump, a total lie just like what happened in Florida all through the years ago. It was the Democrats who control those counties that the problem was in. It was the Democrats who owned slaves in the South. Maybe the real truth needs to be told
May 30, 2019 by Gene Pingle

I read the book it becomes very clear that the Democrats are full of themselves. Look around—every major city and state run by the Democrats, are out of control, major crime is up, shooting way up, the homeless are increasingly growing at alarming rate, drugs never ending. Worse is the lack of moral foundation. They were the slave owners and now they are becoming the slave owners by the laws they pass. They are the millionaires who control the working class. It's not the Republicans who cause the problem, it's the Democrats. My dad's family came from a country like what the Democrats want here. What's coming is all on the Democrats and the handwriting is on the wall. Not in this pony cartoon character you have in the book, but the self-righteous characters who think they have all the right answers. All three of them are phony as a three dollar bill. The guys have lost this country and you're helping it along by fake portrayal of the Republicans and misusing facts to fit yourself. I've learned the one who calls the other out like the Democrats did to Trump for the last two years are liars and phony people who should not be in office as any other bad office holder.

1.0 out of 5 stars
May 26, 2019 by Carol Hurtig

I was disappointed. The first half of the book was backstory. Very little of it was even relevant to the story. You find out who the killer was but there is no resolution. It's like you get only half of the real story and way too much back story. I guess they want you to buy the additional volumes but I wouldn't waste your time.


1.0 out of 5 stars
Slanderous
May 26, 2019 by Nicole

I don't mind books that challenge my conservative values. However, a book that slanders them as well as slanders Ronald Reagan is a bridge too far. What's frustrating is that Mr. Messenger is a fine writer. However, when I got to Chapter 16, it became too much. Unfortunately, since it's a Kindle book, can't burn it, but I will delete it with malice.


★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good book
May 19, 2019 by P. Scott

A good read.

1.0 out of 5 stars
Waste of time!
May 12, 2019 by Betty Vaughan

Loose threads, political philosophical rhetoric, exasperated ending….I would have be en better entertained by reading Dr. Seuss! So disappointed…better luck next time!


1.0 out of 5 stars
May 7, 2019 by John Cline Sr

I really liked the beginning of the book. It pulled me in, but then the author spends way too much time developing detailed profiles of the main characters. The Catholic and Republican bashing really turned me off. I can handle some bias of the author showing through, but this was ridiculous.

★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
April 29, 2019 by Mr. Robert Ford

A good descriptive story which took quite a while to get to any action. However the character building in the first two thirds was both necessary and beautifully written and it kept me fully engrossed. I would definitely look for more by this author.

★★
2.0 out of 5 stars
I lost patience
April 23, 2019 by britsmak

This was one of the few stories that I just lost patience with and finally deleted early. There seemed to be no real progress with the story.

★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
Trash
April 23, 2019 by Kindle customer

Sorry, I did not care for this book at all. Foul language peppered throughout. Just not my cup of tea.

1.0 out of 5 stars
One of the worst books ever.
April 21, 2019 by avid reader

I'm not sure where to start. Only background info until 60% of the book. Thank good ness it was free.

★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good read
April 17, 2019 by N. Green

Very thought provoking. I'm enjoying book two.

★★★★
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great story.
April 14, 2019 by Sandra

But sometimes the descriptions, for almost all aspects of the story, were too much, and distracting. Hard to focus on the story, which is very good.

★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
Start slow bombshell ending
April 14, 2019 by OGP

This book is unique. A novel of police work done in an extended biographical form from the cop's view. Seldom does an author spend the time or have the ability to make the seemingly mundane so compelling. This book is destined to become a standard for the genre.

1.0 out of 5 stars
One of the worst books I have read
April 12, 2019 by MMD

Way too much back story. Found it difficult to finish. Don't waste your time.

★★★ 3.0 out of 5 stars
Good story line didn't appreciate the stab at Republicans
April 11, 2019 by jrjanczy

Author very good at background/character development. Story line flowed well. Couldn't overlook the blatant stabs at Republican Party—this could have been left out as well as the support for Democrats. It would be nice not to have to deal with that. When I read, I want to get away from all of the mess of the world. Story would have flowed quite well without. Not sure if I will continue series if he continues.

★★
2.0 out of 5 stars
Terrible Ending
April 10, 2019 by MiMi 2 Three

The ending of this book ruined the whole thing for me. I don't like books that end when you're just left hanging.

★★
2.0 out of 5 stars
This drags along forever
April 10, 2019 by Les Parrett

You can skip most of the pages, nothing much happens after the first few pages, until the end. Yet even then you will be way ahead of the write.

★★
2.0 out of 5 stars
Too wordy
April 7, 2019 by Wilma Stern

Too much detail about characters before getting to actually solving the murders.

1.0 out of 5 stars
Liberal jackass wrote this.
April 6, 2019 by Marcy Gruber

When I buy fiction, I don't want to read political views, especially the bs written in this book. At least be honest in the explanation so people won't bother that don't want to read the liberal crap you did not need to put in a book. And I hate stupid. This writer is stupid. The electoral college is necessary because even though a lot of liberal idiots live in the big cities and states are a disaster. Business and people are having to leave the liberal areas to find jobs. And unfortunately moving to areas that are traditionally conservative and successful and bringing their stupidity with them in their voting so they can Destry more areas of the country. Very bad for in this book, veiling political commentary in fiction.

★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent
April 5, 2019 by Donna

I chose this eating because this book was excellent. The characters are great. If you get the chance to read this book you won't be disappointed.

★★★
3.0 out of 5 stars
Extremely slow to get to the story
April 4, 2019 by Amy D.

Starts with a bang then takes more than half the book to give detailed background stories to try to set the stage. Throw in some Republican & Catholic bashing for good measure.

★★★★
4.0 out of 5 stars
A story hard to digest
March 31, 2019 by Alexa One/Cat Lady

Childhood friends growing up to choose their own path. I found the whole story line perplexing and by the end very sad. This was well written but not my favorite.

★★★
3.0 out of 5 stars
Rabbit Trails
March 31, 2019 by Suz

A good story but filled with many rabbit trails that were very distracting! Way too much unnecessary details. Could have been a great short story!

★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
OMG what dissertation!
March 25, 2019 by Kindle Customer

Who could have put this story together without the strength of truth in what was written? Very intriguing narrative. The forces of evil are amongst all of us. This book definitely outlines evil.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Read
March 24, 2019 by Patrick T. White

The plot was ever changing and drew me to finish the book. It kept me wanting more. I'll look forward to more from this author. Thanks.

★★★★ 4.0 out of 5 stars
Four Stars
March 24, 2019 by :lagniappe

Most of the mysteries I read do not have what I consider to be beautifully developed characters. Shattered Triangle is the happy exception, as all the main characters are extremely well drawn. Three childhood friends are thrown together again by tragedy. Tom Moran, LAPD detective, is put in charge of a multiple homicide. The victims are the wife and children of a childhood friend, Giuseppe Lozano, now a senatorial candidate. Also in the picture is Giuseppe's twin brother Giovanni, a Catholic priest. The author takes us back into each life, showing how each character developed. And I love that all three of the men are deeply flawed. I figured out fairly early what had happened to the family, so I wasn't as surprised as some of the other reviewers were. The book careens from character study to theological debate to political thriller, but you enjoy every minute of the ride. And, as an added bonus, the book is full of Los Angeles history, so I actually learned something along the way. The only part I found mildly annoying were the numerous political and theological views of the author, as they were on display often - and were not subtle. But that alone is not enough to deter me from giving this a solid recommend.

1.0 out of 5 stars
Not to My Taste
March 24, 2019 by Longtime Scribbler

This is one of the most ponderously written novels I have had the misfortune of downloading. I stuck with it to the end in the hopes of a clever twist of plot. I will leave the outcome for another reader to discover.

★★★★ 4.0 out of 5 stars
Very good
March 22, 2019 by Michael

Very interesting mystery with a surprise ending. Will definitely read the next book. I will be willing to pay top dollar for it.

★★★★
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Title Says It All!
March 21, 2019 by Jane Phillips

I enjoyed this book and kept turning pages to see what was coming next. The three main characters were well developed. The negatives for me were that sometimes I was confused about whether we were in the present or the past. I don't mind going back and forth, but I do want to be able to tell when we are moving! The ending was disturbing, although not completely surprising. I didn't like it.

★★
2.0 out of 5 stars
Too much description
March 21, 2019 by Sharon

There was so much wordy description all along. I figured who called for the murders probably half way through the book. For a murder mystery this didn't get close to being a mystery until 75% into the story.

★★★
3.0 out of 5 stars
Lost ambition
March 18, 2019 by Linda Farris

The book was quite detailed in reference to the Catholic religion and its values. The details of police work and procedures is enlightening.

★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fascinating
March 18, 2019 by C. Carey

The book gets a little too political but it is a fascinating story that frighteningly could happen in today's world. I thoroughly enjoyed it but figured where it was heading early on. Also will be of interest to those who have grown up through the Catholic Church's many changes.

1.0 out of 5 stars
Too much back story
March 17, 2019 by PeTey

I'm struggling to read this book because there is just too much time spent on the histories of the characters. I've forgotten what the "plot" is. I'm at chapter 9 and ready to throw in the towel.

★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
What an impressive and insightful mystery
March 16, 2019 by Amazon Customer

The development of the characters in this story is unmatched. The author provides deep background on the main characters that unfolds into a chilling ending, a very good read.

★★★★
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Read
March 16, 2019 by Dan Sterzik

I enjoyed reading this book. There were parts that seemed to drag on when things went from present to past to present but overall I really liked it. Enough intrigue, drama, twists and turns kept me reading. Would recommend.

1.0 out of 5 stars
Only liberals need apply
March 16, 2019 by melfisher31

Unfulfilling ending laced with strong political views which added nothing. Needs a warning label for anyone who doesn't buy into the DNC.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Shattered Triangle
March 15, 2019 by Shona Mcinto

A good book, a bit too deep, and very indulgent. But readable. Only to spoil the most rubbish ending ever. Obviously cliff hanger stuff.


1.0 out of 5 stars
Not for me
March 15, 2019 by S.L.R.

I do not like having political diatribes disguised as entertainment. Condescending, patronizing and insulting. Not even well written propaganda and, frankly, boring as hell. If there was a way to give negative stars I would.

★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Writing!
March 14, 2019 by Jan Silva

This story was exciting. The end was surprising. It took me awhile to read this book, but well worth it.

★★★
3.0 out of 5 stars
I was
March 14, 2019 by Kindle Customer

Disappointed in the author's use of The Lord's name in vain. Then I read the author review and learned he was a priest!!! Really???? I finished the book but I find I related to some of the other reviewers saying there was way too much background into the main characters' lives. I kept asking when the action was going to start!

1.0 out of 5 stars
Drivel
March 12, 2019 by AAF

I tried very hard to enjoy this book but its lack of character development and the lackluster plot was a major stumbling block. I did my best but was unable to finish this book and after beating myself to read half, always expecting it would get better, I skipped to the epilogue which, regrettably, I could not finish either. The dialogue was languid and unappealing. The attempt at deeper messages was puerile. Sorry, I do not recommend this book.

★★★★
4.0 out of 5 stars
Intriguing drama
March 12, 2019 by avidreaser

The book was filled with so much detail that I really felt like I knew the characters. I wasn't thrilled with the ending though.

★★★
3.0 out of 5 stars
Long….
March 11, 2019 by Sharon

This was a bit of struggle to get through…seemed like there was a lot of background information that made it hard to stay focused on the book. Ending was better.

★★★
3.0 out of 5 stars
Thought-provoking
March 10, 2019 by Kindle customer

The author's characterizations were so detailed I began to wonder if they were real people. There was a good deal of political information that I had either forgotten over the years or never knew. I'll have to read the next book to see if there is any justice.

★★
2.0 out of 5 stars
TMI
March 10, 2019 by Amazon Customer

Too much narrative before getting to the story. Almost didn't finish reading, knew who planned the murders way before the end.

★★★
3.0 out of 5 stars
Daunting task
March 8, 2019 by Wendy

Not what I expected. I thought this would be a murder mystery/crime drama not a psychological "thriller." As such, I struggled through the first half thinking it was character development and never ending back story. Overall I found it well written but not an overly engaging story.

1.0 out of 5 stars
Waste of my time
March 8, 2019 by Carol

To call this a murder mystery is stretching it. It was the most boring book I have ever read and spent 3/4 of the book on background information. I kept reading thinking it would improve and was disappointed.

★★
2.0 out of 5 stars
So…..
March 8, 2019 by William Huesmann

…the writing was reasonably well done. That said, what this story morphed into was a long winded diatribe on politics and the demonization of those to the right of the political spectrum and the righteousness of those to the left. It's a shame really—I think the author has talent with words. I enjoy a whodunit well written; and I can tune in 24-hour infotainment channels for political diatribe. Suggest the good Father remember the audience and save political views for something a bit more honest in its purpose to THAT subject. Oh…and I was raised Catholic should that argument arise.

★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Compelling Page Turner
March 5, 2019 by Linda

A compelling story from a great storyteller. I just had to keep reading and see where the tale led. Fascinating characters and a plot that keeps you reading until the very end.

1.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty boring without any action..
March 5, 2019 by Linda M Hueftlein

Where's the Thriller/Mystery? So boring I quit at 11%. This is why I don't read biographies.

★★★
3.0 out of 5 stars
Tough
March 5, 2019 by Amazon Customer

The main character seems tough. However, it was one of the toughest books I have read in a long time. It is well written and weaves a tale of friendship and evil.

1.0 out of 5 stars
Tedious beyond belief
March 4, 2019 by Tohhcfhjm

Written from a liberal's point of view that people and institutions suck. Republicans and business are the great evils of the world. Took 14 chapters to tell backstory in excruciating detail. There are very few books that I have read that I wanted to be done with just to be finished with the damn thing. This is one. I do not recommend this to anyone.

1.0 out of 5 stars
Way too wordy..
March 3, 2019 by Sherry

I forced myself to read this book. It could have been shortened by at least 100 pages. The only redeeming quality is the author did not use filthy language and smut as fillers. There was too much in-depth of people's beliefs the has nothing to do with the story. And then, of course, an ending that leaves the reader hanging. If you want to know you have to buy the next book. No thanks, I won't be reading any more books by this author.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
A MUST read for everyone!!
March 2, 2019 by Lorraine King

Wow!! What a fantastic book and story - it grip-red me until the very last page!! Of which I was unaware was coming so quickly and unexpected an ending@ BRAVO Mr. Messenger, I haven't been duped into being so astonished at not guessing a conclusion in years!! I'll be avidly following you, trust!! Oh and thank you!! A bientot…..!


★★
2.0 out of 5 stars
I wasn't expecting a political polemic
March 2, 2019 by Homeowner

As far a mysteries go, this book could have been considerably condensed. The author didn't really start delving into the crime until after 57% of the book. A lot of content was devoted to the author's political views. Even if those views hadn't been myopic in characterizing all Republicans as amoral, uncaring and greedy, it would not matter, if I really wanted to read a mystery, not a political diatribe.

1.0 out of 5 stars
Review shattered triangle
March 2, 2019 by Fred

This is one of the worst books I have ever read. I had to skim the first half. Perhaps if it was abridged to an eighth of the original it could hold the reader's interest. It was definitely too slow to be considered a thriller. Had it been classified as a psychological or religious book, I would not have considered reading it.

1.0 out of 5 stars
Very boring
March 1, 2019 by Michael D. Engle

Slow start. Not interested in history of one's childhood all at once. Should have used a few pages instead of 10% of the book.

★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shattered. Triangle
February 28, 2019 by Marianne W. Callahan

This is an excellent book. It is very deep and certainly holds the reader's attention. The plot is excellent. A very good read.

1.0 out of 5 stars
One Star
February 28, 2019 by Elizabeth A Rhodes

I almost never leave reviews. I think generally a reader should make up her own mind about a book. Unhappily, I have to tell you this was a slog for me. The writing was almost all passive voice. It was like reading a really long 8th grade report. I love book series, but I will not be reading the rest of this one.

★★
2.0 out of 5 stars
Too long
February 28, 2019 by Carolyn Gardner

I felt like I was reading a history book instead of a novel. The ending made me wish I had not even read the book.

★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shattered Triangle
February 27, 2019 by Christmas Angel

This book deserves ten stars, it's that good. Original, compelling, frightening and the use of proper grammar is refreshing. I doubt you have read anything like this. I can't wait to get the next book. I know I won't be disappointed.


★★★★
4.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting approach
February 25, 2019 by Amazon Customer

For quite a bit of the book, I was wondering where is this going. Slowly it comes into focus and turns into a fascinating yarn with a clash of ideals. So it works out if you can persevere through the beginning chapters.

★★★★
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sad way for some people to be.
February 3, 2019 by Rose

A good read. Sad to think a lot of politicians could be this devious and have the feeling that anything justifies the end. Power and wealth can be all important to some people. I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, and I gave an honest review.


★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shattered!
January 8, 2019 by Kindle customer

I did not like this book. Reason? Because it's damned true. It was well written, so good you cannot put it down. Kept thinking, this is not real, it can't be!

★★★
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good Mystery
December 6, 2018 by Kindle customer

This story was a little too philosophical for my liking. I think they went into too much detail and background on each person. I did like the twist at the end.

★★★
3.0 out of 5 stars
Plodding narrative back and forth in time
March 19, 2018 by Earl

I read Shattered Triangle by William Messenger some time ago and forgot to post a review so this will be my recollection combined with a minimal amount of notes I took. While I gave a middle of the road rating it could easily, for me, have been lower.

I generally don't mind background in a story, I am not one of those who must always have action and violence the entire way through a novel. This, however, even considering the background serves as the background for a series (trilogy?), was too detailed. The information given could have been given far more efficiently and effectively.

Once the procedural started it still did not compel me to make time to read it. If how a book stays in your memory serves as a good indication, and it usually does, I remember just wanting to get through it. No more and no less. Unless a novel is just terrible, which this one was not, I want to give the book a chance all the way to the end. I will stop short of saying I regret finishing it, there were moments of interest, but between questionable characterization, some implausible events, and what appeared to have been social/political statements from the author disguised as opinions of the characters I was so happy to able to never have to open it again. Needless to say I won't be reading the other volumes.

I usually have some idea of what types of people would like a book but I can't seem to think of any easily definable group. Not readers of a specific genre or author, not readers who like character-driven novels (I am one of those and this was too much fluff for me). There will be plenty who like this book but I simply can't recommend it to any particular group or sub-group. If you like games of chance then you might want to take a chance on this one. I did and was disappointed.

Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via Edelweiss.


★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
February 12, 2018 by Elaine Mudry

Great story.

★★★
3.0 out of 5 stars
Political views
February 6, 2018 by Vickie Aliff

I received a copy of this novel from ReadingDeals.com. I found rather difficult to continue reading the book at times. I thought there was too much building up to the storyline. Half of the novel dealt with character background. Political views of the author were seen quite often. Both of these items caused me to find this novel mediocre at best.

★★★
3.0 out of 5 stars
Bad Ending
January 25, 2018 by J.P. Schultes

Illogical pursuit of a dream scenario that does not stand up under logic. This can be witnessed by the ending. Unfulfilling!

★★★ 3.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting
January 22, 2018 by Bookzilla

Interesting. This stand-alone ends with the criminal confessing and the cop not being able to do anything about it.

There is a tremendous amount of research and descriptive writing in this story. The characters are believable and the dialogue is thought-provoking.

"Fear is not only rooted in ignorance. It is channeled by whoever frames the exchange of ideas."

"To a person they rejected the idea of the common good, but held firmly to what they, themselves, had in common; namely, money. And the desire to keep it for themselves."

No desire to re-read this story.
Remember this is my personal opinion and does not reflect on the author.


★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
True Evil Exists
January 21, 2018 by Wanda Buckingham

A Book that exemplifies true evil exists that we don't see or understand at the time, not until it's too late to stop the realities of that consequence.

★★★★
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very good story
May 15, 2017 by Train

Very interesting, it not disturbing story. Book was engaging for sure. The author's strong political viewpoints were on display a bit too often for my liking. There are three fairly interesting main characters throughout this story. The author spent a lot of time developing the characters from the time they were children until the time of the story. If you can get past the blatantly liberal slant of the author, this is a good read. The next book in the series is solid as well.


★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome… I Loved it
May 3, 2017 by Connie K

It's always hard to start reading from an author you've not read from before. Although Messenger writes using lengthy sentences, I had no problem getting into this book. I tell myself that I will finish this chapter then go to bed, but I have to keep reading because there's so much excitement! Looking forward to the next one.


★★
2.0 out of 5 stars
Sorry for Shattered Triangle
march 15, 2017 by MJBrown

I continued to read this book, even though it took too long to get to the heart of the story. In my opinion, the characters were less than truthful, and the story itself a little contrived. I doubt I will continue on to no. 2, it just wasn't that enjoyable for me to read.


★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
GREAT BOOK. I have a unique perspective on this…
March 11, 2007 by emtcater

GREAT BOOK. I have a unique perspective on this book; I earned my degree in Law Enforcement and then did a 180 turn, and entered the Catholic Seminary, discerning a possible vocation to the priesthood. While I eventually discerned that I didn't have that vocation, I remember fondly my time in the seminary. Several years later, I joined the police department as an Auxiliary Officer (some places call them reserves). Throughout the book, I nodded my head as both Gio and Tom recalled their experiences, both in the Sea and in the police academy. The author pretty much hit the nail on the head with things that occur in both. Well written, well developed.


★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
Thank you for my copy
March 5, 2017 by Ana Garza

What an interesting bunch of characters that were well thought out and interesting. I liked the direction the story took and it had just the right amount of twists and turns that kept my interest and it didn't feel overdone. I look forward to reading more books from this author.


★★★
3.0 out of 5 stars
Thank you
March, 2017 by Annie F.

Enjoyed it. Will purchase copies for family and friends.


★★★
3.0 out of 5 stars
Well-written, Detailed characters, Stark message
February 12, 2017 by Don Kidwell

Finished this book in short order as was engrossing for me. After the introduction of the horrible murder scene, the first half of book is largely devoted to an in-depth study of three terribly flawed characters and background of LA's police force (from Darryl Gates to SWAT, DARE, 1992 riots, etc). Becomes more of a police procedural in the back half, my not realizing there was a sequel at around 3/4 ways in I had the feeling resolution was not going to be to my liking so glad to know now there is more to the story. With the characters fully flushed out I am expecting an even better read with "Beleaguered Truth" and looking forward to reading that book next.

★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
Timely
February 8, 2017 by Leslie Diane Galloway

Good read, however it leaves me convinced cheaters always win, evil beats good, and we are doomed. I'd like to share a nice bottle of wine with the author as his words express our current climate perfectly!

1.0 out of 5 stars
The reviews calling this a slow starter were RIGHT ON!
January 21, 2017 by Anna

I had to quit at 24%/ I signed up for a thriller and/or mystery, NOT the life stories of 3 guys, beginning at kindergarten. Started with a funeral of murder victims, then went back in time. Kindergarten, grade school, high school and college and still not back to the story. Too much back story to get to the story.

★★★★★
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not a standard murder mystery
September 14, 2016 by Amazon Customer (verified purchase)

I have mixed feelings about this book. It was really well written. The characters were developed throughout and in great detail. Maybe too much in that over half the book is just a prelude to the actual police work, although I don't know how it could have been done differently.

My only real criticism is that the author put too much politics into the story, I do have to balance this with the fact that his politics are quite different from mine, so maybe not.

At any rate it was an enjoyable read if a bit slow, meaning lack of action, for this type of book.


★★★
3.0 out of 5 stars
Eventually turns interesting!
September 9, 2016 by Frank Gonzalez

Book 1 of the trilogy, Shattered Triangle, was a difficult read for me. I personally know the author, and can appreciate the circumstances of his growing up, many of which I shared by virtue of living within the same time frame and similar schooling, which are infused throughout this book and included as part of the plot. Many of the (fictional) characters mentioned, and historical events, are familiar to me.

My problem with the book is that it was very slow (e.g. dragged) in many parts. There were too many long, drawn-out background explanations. Finally, towards the middle of the book, the pace picked up, but it was obvious to me who was the culprit. What remained was to see how the culprit would be caught (sorry, no spoilers here from me.)

To his credit, the author ended his book poised for a continuation into the second book of the Trilogy,
Beleaguered Truth.

★★★★ 4.0 out of 5 stars
A chilling ending
August 22, 2016 by Amazon Customer

I certainly learned a lot about contemporary American culture and history - and enjoyed the experience. It's a cleverly constructed story and you really don't see where it's all going until the very end; which is chilling. I'm not sure about the discourse on 'good and evil', but it was interesting.


★★★★
4.0 out of 5 stars
Despair is redundant, here
August 19, 2016 by Kindle Customer

Evil is darkness, but I expect the next revelation will be that our revenge must be full of recognition and restoration in the paths we choose to take. Two in the triangle are not diminished by the loss of a leg in the stool unless they choose to be.

★★★★ 4.0 out of 5 stars
Cassocks and handcuffs and business…oh my!
August 17, 2016 by Roseleann

The author's clinical study of the lives and careers of three childhood friends is an interesting, if somewhat choppy, read. The motivations behind the career choices of the three young men are quite clearly defined. I did, however, find that the dry indictment of Reaganomics, although factually correct and philosophically and morally sound, served to slow down the narrative. The plot elements were artfully described and well written, drawing me along without difficulty. I also enjoyed the brief studies of the incidental characters; however, I did find myself wishing that Giuseppe's gay college roommate had played a more defining role in the denouement. I didn't fully understand why he was reintroduced at the end, as his reappearance didn't seem to sway Giuseppe toward confession or even remorse. Maybe the author was using him as a sort of Greek Chorus; if that were the case, then the first person narrative of the detective, Tom, would seem, perhaps superfluous. I was a little disappointed in the ending, which I think says more about me than it does about the story, but, all in all, a good read. I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, so I could give an honest review.

★★★
3.0 out of 5 stars
Finally…It Got Better!
August 16, 2016 by G.R.M.

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, so I could give an honest review. First off, I must say that I started reading the book and considered stopping more than once. For several chapters, I thought that there was too much writing, too many words. For a long time, I wondered, "Where does this end?" and "What purpose does all of 'this' serve?" Finally - and I mean finally, there was some action and twists in plot which made me pay attention and finish reading the book. The content was boring in the beginning and showed a lot of research on the author's part. I think that the book would have been better with less research included and if the writer had gotten to the story line quicker. Looking back, the author provided too much information which took away from a unique story progression.


(not starred)
August 9, 2016 by Margaret Holmes

This was a well written novel. Unfortunately, all too possible a scenario. Three different paths: law enforcement, the priesthood, and politics. The paths they take to get there and the ultimate evil one of them embraces.

★★★★ 4.0 out of 5 stars
A Good Read
August 9, 2016 by Martha Brindley

A very enjoyable read which I would recommend. A bit of L.A. history and a bit of crime thriller thrown in for good measure. Based around three engaging characters who have been friends since childhood. Thank you Net Galley for my copy. I reviewed on Goodreads.

★★★★ 4.0 out of 5 stars
Slow Start, Awesome Ending
August 8, 2016 by Gladys

When I first started reading this book, I thought it was long-winded and I was somewhat bored with all the history included, but I kept reading because I was sure it was going somewhere. Once you get through the first third of the book it starts to get interesting and then turns into the kind of book you can't put down. I'm so glad I kept reading until the end as it go better and better and the ending is outstanding! I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, so I could give it an honest review.

★★★★ 4.0 out of 5 stars
Four Stars
July 31, 2016 by Amazon Customer (verified purchase)

Suspenseful. Well written and quite enjoyable to spend time with.


★★★★ 4.0 out of 5 stars
Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.
July 28, 2016 by J Vernon Ruth

Staggering in its implications, this author's insightful venture into greed, religion and law through a dedicated lieutenant and priest merely exacerbates the voting public's view on government's corruption.


★★ 2.0 out of 5 stars
Confused
July 24, 2016 by Pat Ryall

This had the potential to be a good book, but the words got in the way. First, the author spent too much time on character study that revealed little but happenings. None of the characters were given a reason to be liked. Then, the author introduced the worst thing in a book in my opinion….foul language for the sake of being "real". I skipped through to the end only because I wanted to know how the story was resolved. I was disappointed even in that.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
July 15, 2016 by Amazon Customer (verified purchase)

Starts off a bit slow, lots of character development but at about half way it becomes a page turner. I was about 1/2 through and thought to myself…OK I'll finish this in 2-3 more sittings…nope I could not put the book (iPad) down and finished the second half in one sitting. Highly recommend!!! I bought the paperback from Amazon to get the author's signature at a book signing.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
July 15, 2016 by Amazon Customer (verified purchase)

Great Read.

★★★★ 4.0 out of 5 stars
A Good Read
June 1, 2016 by Diane Pangelina

In preparation to read Bill Messenger's next book, I re-read Shattered Triangle. It was as compelling as when I read it the first time. I especially liked how the author fleshed our the characters and their complicated relations. Interwoven with the historical perspective, the characterizations anchored the story in time and space. The authors' perspective on the political, religious and societal milieu from the '60's all the way up to the turn of the 20th century was sharp and decisive. As a reader, I found it to ring true on most subjects. This book will appeal to those looking for a story of place, connected to engaging characters and a mystery that is both surprising and shocking at the same time. I recommend this book; and look forward to reading the next one.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
March 15, 2016 by Kimberly

This was fascinating storytelling with extraordinary twists in the plot that kept me turning pages. I gobbled it up on vacation. I highly recommend Shattered Triangl


★★★ 3.0 out of 5 stars
These characters that draw you in…
September 22, 2015 by Nicholas Santillan

I first read SHATTERED TRIANGLE when the first edition came out a couple of years ago. It is an easily consumed, yet compelling murder mystery by a local Los Angeles author, William Messenger. The prose tends to be overly concerned with descriptions and the minute historical details of Los Angeles, which oftentimes overshadows what is happening in the story. However, the plot is less about whodunit than it is about the intricate characters, their backstories, and well thought out motivations. In addition, all the attention to detail creates a real sense of place that the characters inhabit. In the end, it's these characters that draw you in.

SHATTERED TRIANGLE is a good first novel and a good read. I'm looking forward to getting reacquainted with the characters in the recently released sequel BELEAGUERED TRUTH.

★★★★ 4.0 out of 5 stars
A fine first novel by my former college priest.
February 16, 2015 by Christian D. Orr

My former college priest at the University of Southern California (USC), Fr. Bill Messenger (retired from the priesthood for the past 5 years now), has written a doozy of a first novel, a first-rate detective novel and murder mystery.

As a disclaimer, I will admit that I don't agree with the author's political views expressed in the novel, just like I disagreed with the political viewpoints he exposed in his homilies at the USC Catholic Center back in the day. But that aside, just as there was certainly never a dull moment during Fr. Bill's homilies, there's nary a dull moment in Shattered Triangle, and the politics does nothing to detract from the entertainment value of the book. The novel's plot line and characters are engaging, thought-provoking, and engrossing from start to finish. And it has some excellent insights into L.A. life and culture that anybody who grew up in SoCal during the latter half of the 20th century can appreciate.
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★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
January 25, 2015 by Detective Hugo Cepeda (Ret)

In the classic whodunit, this story is full of suspense and intrigue. What will destroy the loyalty between a priest, a cop, a politician? As an Angeleno, you are drawn to the story and the characters as the author takes you through a bit of nostalgia: he describes what appear to be everyone's childhood buddies, places and sounds very familiar to you—almost as if he describes your own life. However, the story turns into one of greed, deception, corruption and murder. It is captivating and engaging. You are left wondering…is it fact or fiction? Positively a book to read. It is a drama mystery in the classic detective style.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
September 21, 2014 by Kimberly Barr

An excellent book with an enthralling story line with very interesting back stories on the characters.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Shattered Triangle
January24, 2014 by Joan

I loved this book, and everyone I lend it to enjoys it, too. I am also hoping for a sequel, and I think maybe there will be one.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Top Notch Thriller with an unexpected twist . . .
April 11, 2013 by Arex

A tremendous amount of nostalgia in the beginning gives you the feeling of having grown up in the same neighborhood alongside the main characters. The pace quickens in the second half with skilled writing throwing twists and turns on every other page. Nicely done!

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Haunting and Compelling Tale
November 8, 2013 by Edie Dykeman

Shattered Triangle is essentially a story of three men who grew up together - two of them were twins - and who each took a different path as an adult. One became a cop, one a priest, and one a politician with high goals. The author takes a detailed look at their lives, their interaction with one another, and the decisions they made during the course of their lives and, eventually, how they reacted when tragedy struck. This is one of the most powerful and gripping stories I've read in a long time. Even now, several days after finishing the book, I'm haunted by the events that took place and how each man chose to deal with the circumstances.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
A great read!
July 28, 2013 by K8trills
posted on iTunes

William Messenger did a wonderful job with this book! The character development was excellent, and I was captivated until the end. I never saw what was coming, and enjoyed all the twists and turns. Enjoy!

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Read!
September 30, by Brian H

I highly recommend
Shattered Triangle. Three unique characters are carefully intertwined to create a drama that held my interest and kept me thirsty for more. The narrative is peppered with interesting and historical references to the City of Los Angeles, where the story takes place. Shattered Triangle's themes are deeply rooted, and take the reader through the entire spectrum of human emotions. Don't pass up this great read!

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
August 22, 2013 by Denise Gonzalez (Phoenix, Arizona USA)

Shattered Triangle is an interesting study of friendships, and the influence of church, society and politics on these friendships. To whit, three kids who grew up together—particularly one set of twins— and all three went separate ways—one into law; one to God; and one to politics. The bottom line is which ones succumbs to greed and corruption.

Mr. Messenger takes you on a journey that is exciting and brings you to a twist ending. It leaves you hoping for a sequel.

I would recommend twos book to anyone who follows politics, faith and mystery genres. You have all 3 wrapped in one great package.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
June 28, 2013 by Deanne Marie Moinuddin

Although I don't usually read thrillers, I found this book totally engrossing. After starting this book one evening, I was unable to put it down for long and eventually finished it over a two day period. The LA setting was meticulously written. Since I am and LA native, I found myself driving down those same streets in my mind as I was reading them on the page, and enjoying it the whole time. Each character was fully written and believable. Overall, I highly recommend
Shattered Triangle.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Compelling Read!
June 15, 2013 by espie
Between the complexity of the characters and the intriguing storyline, I found this book hard to put down. The ending left me looking forward to a sequel! Being Southern California native, the history of Los Angeles was a plus. If you like a good murder mystery give this one a try.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
April 30, 2013 by Giulia

This book was very enjoyable. The characters are engaging, well developed and have a complexity that keeps the reader wanting to learn more about each character. There is an abundance of Los Angeles history in this book and I have always been drawn to novels that include the history of the Los Angeles area. This novel does not disappoint as it paints a nostalgic picture of historic Los Angeles.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
April 29, 2013 by bethamy

I don't read novels., but I heard good things about this one. I was not disappointed. Some of the history was a bit detailed, but I learned a lot about Los Angeles. The characters were great, and the storyline was a page turner. I want to hear more about these people. Hopefully, there will be a sequel.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
D. Sarah

Shattered Triangle is a detailed mix of Los Angeles and murder mystery. The author has a very intimate knowledge of the city of Los Angeles and takes the reader on a tour, showing how the city shaped the lives of three friends. If you're looking for a murder mystery with a great twist and have a love of LA, this is a great book for you!

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Great read!
April 21, 2103 by E. Ong (San Diego, CA)

This was a great book. The author has an engaging style, and the descriptive historical context brings the novel to life. The humanity of the characters and complexity of their relationships give depth to the story. The book is hard to put down, and the ending will leave you in a reflective state. Highly recommended.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
February 27, 2013 by Giuseppe S. Canzonieri

I found that the book was well written, kept my attention and surprised the heck out me at the end. I've already recommended this book to a few of my friends!!!

1.0 out of 5 stars
Recommend Enjoyable
January 25, 2013 by canary0

At a time in my life when I was seeking answers, this story with its intricate story line was a God send. Deeply emotional, captivating, and except for the X language that I do not like at all (no excuses) it holds the reader until the end. I also LEARNED from the many knowledgable explanations given by the author and using my Nook.

★★★★ 4.0 out of 5 stars
Intriguing Book
November 21, 2012 by Candy

Shattered Triangle is the type of book that keeps you thinking of all day long and can't wait to complete. I loved the way the characters became so real. As each character shared their life I found myself understanding their feelings and motives and wanting to know more and more about them. This book is a nice gift to yourself.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
2nd read
November 15, 2012 by George A. Jenkins "gaj" (la costa)

Shattered Triangle is not just a mystery novel, it is a study of people from an author that has spent his life on this mission. The wisdom contained in the this book is obtained by reading between the lines and the silence between the words and paragraphs. The wisdom comes from the soul of a writer, William P. Messenger, and his variety of life experiences—many of which appear in the characters of the book. The Book when studied as a teaching rather than a novel, contains lessons for all humans that want to see justice served and fair play the norm not just as a sound bite, but rather as a human reality in our daily lives.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
September 6, 2012 by Anonymous

Loved the book. Surprise ending!! Highly recommend it.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
August 28, 2012 by estebanrael

Set against the backdrop of Los Angeles during the latter part of the 20th Century,
Shattered Triangle is a crime drama that not only explores the tangled mystery of multiple murders, but the complex relationship among three childhood friends. The book's author William Messenger, does a great job of character development, connecting the golden post-war era of Southern California with the lives of each character and how each matured in response to that era in the person they became. Messenger crafts a scenario of mystery and intrigue leaving the reader curious as to how the tale will end. The book is enjoyable and a great read - I would recommend it to everyone.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
An engaging and enjoyable ride
August 14, 2012 by Kevbo

As Messenger's debut appearance as an author (at least here on Amazon), I must say this was a fluid and compelling read that is definitely worth another visit. Dynamic characters, some nice historic narrative, and a few striking shifts in the story keep you thumbing for the next page. Highly recommended!!

★★★★ 4.0 out of 5 stars
Easy, Entertaining and Engaging
August 14, 2012 by Joe in Utah

The book is an easy, entertaining and engaging read. The storyline has an interesting and somewhat complex cast of characters and interrelationships that provoke additional levels of thought. I read the book cover to cover in 5 days and found myself reflecting on the story line throughout those five days. I thoroughly enjoyed the ready and look forward to the sequel and/or prequel!

★★★★ 4.0 out of 5 stars
Page Turner
August 4, 2012 by P.A. Lach

Savored and will re-read many sections of this book. Interwoven with the unraveling of an horrendous murder scene are the thoughtful expositions of politics, religion and personal values of the principle characters. Character dialogue is somewhat stilted begging the question "do real people really talk like that?" Having said that, this is an ingenious story with a snap twist ending. An excellent summer.

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Highly recommended
July 2, 21012 by Conswella

This is a great book. You can't put it down. Very surprise ending!

★★★★★ 5.0 out of 5 stars
Shattered Triangle is an outstanding read
July 2, 21012 by CeceliaB

The character development was great. Each character was their own person, yet their blending was vital to the story. The author totally maintained the old saying of being a true "page turner". You wanted know why this happened and could anyone have helped stop or even prevent it.


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