"Gripping and elegantly executed." First One Down by @AuthorRJBelle #thriller

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First One Down

Paul Sutton novel series

Written by R.J. Belle

Genre(s): mystery thriller

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Do you ever wonder where the line is between dark and light? Do you believe the brightest light can be pulled into the depths of darkness? Do you believe that the blackest soul can find their way into the light?

It took Detective Paul Sutton exactly eleven days to know that retirement wasn’t going to work out for him. Eleven days to know that he could not put this last case, the only case of his career that he was unable to solve, down. Watching it grow cold and forgotten by everyone except himself and the deceased’s husband, Sutton fought hard against the urge to work it on his own. He thought he could let it go, but he was wrong, dead wrong. Now, back on the job as a Cold Case Detective, Sutton is given another chance to solve the case that has tormented him for almost two years.

Kali Hanson is dealing with her own special type of torment as she attempts to navigate a tangled web of deceit where the monsters wear masks of light and the darkness lurking inside a person is impossible to recognize from the outside. How does a girl who has everything going for her find herself in the middle of a deadly puzzle, forced to witness those she loves most commit acts of ultimate betrayal - a puzzle where boundaries blur and the difference between truth and lies is indiscernible?

Sutton is in a race against the clock to find a missing girl who may be the key. He will put it all on the line to make sure this monster doesn’t get the chance to kill again. Will he be too late, and is a physical death the only death one can suffer? Even if he saves her, will her life ever be the same?

An excerpt from

First One Down

Here's what

Fans are saying

Delightfully twisted.

As someone who stays with her love of Supernatural based books, I admit I was hesitant to open a murder mystery/legal thriller. But something inside me drove me to this book and I just had to read it. Started and finished this book in one night. I could not put it down! The first two pages of the book had me gasping and engrossed.

Very well written and the author keeps you turning the pages, unable to contain your curiosity of what happens next. I brought it to bed with me because I could not go to sleep without knowing how it ended. It ended well, surprising me in a whole new (yet good & delightfully twisted) way.

I am definitely looking forward to the release of the second book to this series! Five stars & two thumbs up to the author. Your hard, tedious, yet never tiring work paid off!

Gripping and elegantly executed.

A first offering from an author can be very hit or miss but R.J. Belle definitely nailed it. FIRST ONE DOWN is a gripping tale that is elegantly executed by the author. I'm not one to be easily impressed but the complexity of characters, intertwining storylines, and the deliciously erotic twists made this a solid read.

Sometimes a book can come off as unrealistic in situations and leave the reader disappointed when something isn't entirely believable. I was completely sold cover to cover on the characters, storylines, eroticism, plot twists and everything that happened in between.

It's very apparent this book was not conceived and knocked out in weekend or short period of time. The author clearly did her due diligence with research, character development and plot structure.

She takes you inside the minds of the characters in a very plausible and satisfying way. R.J. Belle definitely put some genuine blood, sweat and tears into the emotional roller coaster that is FIRST ONE DOWN.

Very well done and I look forward to reading the next one.

— LarryM

Author Bio

R.J. Belle

R.J. Belle began writing as a teenager as a way to express her creative side.

In 2013, she found herself spending a great deal of time working on plot development and character creation, and decided to make the jump into writing for publication.

After spending 15 years in the lending industry, R.J. Belle left her career to write full time and
within three months, she published her first Fiction Mystery Novel, First One Down.

R.J. Belle lives in Southern California with her family.

She enjoys writing, reading, running, coffee and college football.