Bone Maker, by D.F. Bailey #review 3.5 stars


It was actually the second book in this series that drew me in, but naturally I had to read this one first, because, well, first thing’s first… right? I like to rotate genres, along with best sellers and up-and-coming Indi-authors. This is a fairly popular book that I added in the docket just for myself, and to be honest, I’m a tiny bit disappointed. The story line is good, and the characters are great, but it read kind of slow and put me in a bit of a slump. I’m behind on reads as it is, so I don’t have time for a slow slump. That said, it did have some great qualities… here’s what it’s all about:

Will Finch is a reporter with a dicey personal life. He’s suffered much loss, mostly by the hand of alcoholism both by himself and by those closest to him. He’s taken an extended leave from work and for good reason. Now that he’s returned to the job, his boss asked him to be the one to work a particular case because there is just no other reporter he can trust to get truly get to the bottom of such a far fetched, dangerous, HUGE story.

Like several other mystery books before this one, and surely hundreds more to be in the future, reporters make excellent case workers. They often work hand in hand with police officers and detectives on murder mysteries because they are relentless and get to the bottom of things for the sake of uncovering an original fact-based story. Will is just that reporter!

You see, a big name wallstreet man was found in a mountain, his carcass being munched on by a bear. That’s right folks, a bear was eating a man, and the local law enforcement chocked it up as death by nature. Claimed he was attacked by the bear, and that was that, case closed… but was it?

To Will, Fiona a co-worker, and their boss something just didn’t smell right here. What was a financial tycoon doing cruising his mercedes around in the woods anyway? There are a lot of people out there who’d like to see this man dead, so the entire bear thing just seemed a little too convenient.

Will gladly takes on the story, burying himself in the case in order to escape his personal life. The entire thing wrecks of juicy lies, and he’s determined to uncover the truth, but what he doesn’t know is that there is oh so much more into play here than what originally meets the eye. Crooked cops, dirty money families, lying gizabells, how does it all tie together? Will has braided himself into one hell of a dangerous rope, and is going to have to do some seriously genius reporter work to get himself out of it all.

All in all, it was a good read. I just wish it was quicker paced. I will be checking out the second in the series, as that is what drew me in in the first place… just not any time soon.

MY RATING: 3.5 stars


A death in the wilderness.
A woman mourns alone.
A reporter works a single lead.

BONE MAKER fuses Stieg Larsson’s THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE with the frenzy of THE POET.

“The author is a great talent, and the story and characters are compelling.”
— Aaron C. Brown, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer

Following a family tragedy that has broken his spirit, crime reporter Will Finch returns to his news desk in San Francisco eager to reboot his career and renew his lease on life.

When he’s assigned to cover the grisly death of a witness to a multi-million dollar bitcoin fraud, Finch discovers some troubling complications: A Mercedes-Benz abandoned in the wilderness. A wounded bear. A cop who rules a remote town with an iron fist. And the witness’s fiancée — a US senator’s daughter — knows there’s something mysterious about her lover’s death. But what?

Inspired by true events, Bone Maker is the first thriller in this series of noir crime novels — a new crime trilogy that races from coastal Oregon to San Francisco, Moscow, Honolulu and Washington DC. It intersects the worlds of international finance, cryptocurrency software algorithms, and corruption that reaches from the US Senate to Turk Street in the Tenderloin District.

Be sure to read this gripping series in order: Bone Maker, Stone Eater, Lone Hunter. All three books are available now.

Bone Maker is a Whistler Independent Book Award Finalist.


Dear Reader,

If you’re like me then you love reading novels by Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, John Sandford, Philip Kerr, Martin Cruz Smith, Patricia Highsmith, Stieg Larsson, Elmore Leonard and Jo Nesbo. Among many others.

And if you like those writers, then I invite you to have a look at my crime series. You can buy them all on Amazon, or pick up a free novel at my website,

Writing crime fiction isn’t always easy, but it’s always a thrill. When you read my novels I hope you’ll share the buzz, the excitement and the adrenaline rush with me.

Like all writers, I love readers who enjoy my books, especially those who are kind enough to leave a review. Hopefully you will, too.

Happy reading,

D. F. (Don) Bailey

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for the thoughtful review, Didi. Too bad it didn’t live up to the premise.

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    1. Thank you! Definitely too bad, for me. It’s been getting a lot of great reviews by other readers, tho… I guess just not my cup of tea 🤦‍♀️

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  2. Laura Beth says:

    Great review! I appreciate seeing reviews of all “ranks” and star ratings.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It’s a little bitter sweet huh


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