Friday, March 1, 2024

Review: The Other Murder by Kevin G. Chapman


Genre: Murder Mystery/Police Procedural


Sometimes, the most dangerous thing . . . is the truth.

For disgraced cable news producer Hannah Hawthorne, covering the shooting of a pretty NYU sophomore is a chance for redemption. When the story snowballs into a media circus, Hannah’s reporting fans the sensationalistic flames and earns her acclaim. The tragic murder, seemingly the result of random urban gun violence, prompts protests and vigils that further magnify the story.

Meanwhile, Paulo, a reporter for a small online neighborhood newspaper, is following the other murder in Washington Square Park that same night – a Hispanic teen. He discovers an unexpected connection that is political dynamite. When Hannah and Paulo team up, they uncover disturbing facts, leading them to question everything they thought they knew. Their reporting also leads them to the man who might be the killer.

When the story is ready to explode, the truth may be hotter than anyone can handle. Breaking the next scoop could ruin Paulo’s paper and wreck Hannah’s career – and it could get them both killed.

If you like David Baldacci's page-turners, Michael Connelly’s cops, and Sara Paretsky’s quirky characters, you will love The Other Murder.”


A lawyer specializing in labor and employment law by day, Kevin Chapman describes his real passions as playing tournament poker, rooting for the New York Mets, and writing fiction. For more, visit Mr Chapman’s website.


For those who have read and liked Kevin G. Chapman’s Mike Stoneman Thriller series, this book is different than those, but I think you’ll still like it. Both take place in New York, and some characters you might recognize from those books pop up or get mentioned in some way including Stoneman himself, but the focus of the story is much different from what it would be in those books. Just before the start of chapter one (I guess I could call it the preface although it isn’t labeled that way) are two quotes.

“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propaganda, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“In seeking truth, you have to get both sides of a story.” – Walter Cronkite

These two quotes set up the heart of this story. There are two murders that happen in New York’s Washington Square Park the same day. The two main characters in this tale, Hannah, the producer for a cable TV news program, and Paulo, a reporter who writes for a small neighborhood newspaper, get involved, both reporting what is known, but doing what they can to dig out more details about both murders, determine if they have any relationship to each other, and then struggle with how and what to report about their findings and how to find out more.

The resulting story is one with a mystery, that as a reader kept me involved as the different pieces of the whole story came to light. But there is also a side story that sent my thoughts off on tangents, pondering the press, what we can and should expect from them, and wondering if there is a way to help better align their priorities to what would bring about the best result for everyone. I think both Gandhi and Cronkite were onto something and Chapman’s story ought to get us all thinking.

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Some adult language.

Format/Typo Issues:

Review is based on an advance reviewer copy, so I can’t gauge the final product in this area.

Rating: ***** Five Stars

Reviewed by: BigAl

Approximate word count: 95-90,000 words

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