The following are excerpts from the many reviews that have been written about Deadly Portfolio: A Killing in Hedge Funds. The complete text of each review is available at Amazon.com or on Goodreads.
Glenda A. Bixler — bookpleasures.com
John J. Hohn takes us on a journey behind the scenes in the potentially deadly high-finance arena where huge amounts of money can be lost, never to be returned. Are you a risk taker? Maybe not for a Hedge Fund, but do you invest your money for the potential of a high return? Then this financial thriller is a must for you!
I especially enjoyed Detective Raker’s character as he took pieces of information and arrived at who the responsible individual was. But nobody will be prepared for the ending–unless you peeked! Hohn’s final twist takes his book beyond a great murder mystery/police procedural and into a fascinating fable! You won’t want to miss this one!
Steve Moore — Author
The story will grab you. Rene McAllister, the very unlikable wife of multi-millionaire Mac McAllister, washes up on the stockbroker Mathew Wirth’s beach when a Fourth of July bash is winding down. You, the reader, already know that this is no accident, although the privileged guests want the authorities to call it that way. Detective Raker, full of doubts, steps in, going against the Sheriff, who panders to those privileged guests, and the state’s CBI rep, who doesn’t want another investigation he is following tainted by this “accident.”
Diane Donovan — Midwest Book Reviews
The story will grab you. Rene McAllister, the very unlikable wife of multimillionaire Mac McAllister, washes up on the stockbroker Mathew Wirth’s beach when a Fourth of July bash is winding down. You, the reader, already know that this is no accident, although the privileged guests want the authorities to call it that way. Detective Raker, full of doubts, steps in, going against the Sheriff, who panders to those privileged guests, and the state’s CBI rep, who doesn’t want another investigation he is following tainted by this “accident.”
San Alini — Author
. . . an absorbing page turner that, to me, was about greed and what people are capable of when they feel cornered.
The party is a great one. There are happy couples, unhappy couples, drunks, and lots of inappropriate flirtation. Until jealousy causes one of the guests to stumble out drunk and despairing of life. And suddenly there is an opportunity for murder. In comes Detective Raker, a tough low key Colombo type determined to find the truth. Thus begins a cat and mouse game that culminates in an ending you’re not likely to forget anytime soon.
The characters are very well drawn. They feel real and I was interested in learning more about them and following their paths in this story. The bad guys aren’t totally bad; they have motivations that anyone can understand. The writing itself was well done, and there were descriptions that were simply beautiful.
Barbara Hightower — Bab’s Book Reviews
I like this authors writing style and he knows his stuff. The story keeps you griped, and you do not want to put it down once.
Amy Blackwelder — Author The Hunted of 2060
This mystery is great! Incorporating a variety of people, and families, intertwined into one mystery, the story unravels and the reader finds that everything is not what it seems….when bodies are discovered and links between deaths are made, the town has a lot to deal with. With the detective James Raker on the case, personally and professionally, I found the book easy to become hooked on
Michael Draper — The Vine Voice
The author, John J. Hohn has put together a contemporary, suspenseful story. In former times, this would be considered a morality play. The characters of the story are engrossing as are their motives and changing loyalties.
Barbara Hinske — Amazon #1 Best Selling Author
John J. Hohn’s masterful debut novel Deadly Portfolio is replete with the fast-paced twists and turns that make the mystery and detective genre such a delight to read. I was hooked at page 1 and found myself stealing away from my family over the holidays to immerse myself in this book. Hohn paints a varied cast of characters with depth and nuance. Every one of them rings true. His description of the first murder leaves the reader pondering whether the act was really murder at all. Scattered like pearls throughout are poignant observations about the human condition – reminiscent of Alexander McCall Smith at his best