Monument Road

Monument Road

Introducing former death-row inmate turned private investigator Franky Dast in the first of an intriguing new crime noir series. Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose te Introducing former death-row inmate turned private investigator Franky Dast in the first of an intriguing new crime...

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Title:Monument Road
Author:Michael Wiley
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:0727887432
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:249 pages pages

Monument Road Reviews

  • Peggy
    Nov 05, 2018

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

    Franky Dast has just been released from prison,having been cleared of murdering two boys 8 years earlier although there are some who still believe he did it and that he should have been executed as his sentence required- unfortunately one of these is the detective who arrested him. De...

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. It in no way changed or pressured my honest opinion of it. I really enjoyed this book. I have gotten into mysteries more than ever lately, and this book hit the spot. I flew through it, and was left wanting mo...

    This is another new author for me and another one firmly added to my watch list. Set in Jacksonville, Florida we follow Franky Dast as he is released from jail having served 8 years for a crime he didn't commit and was convinced he was fitted up for; the who and the why very much in th...

    Franky Dast is released from a Florida prison after spending eight years on death row for the rape and murder of two teenaged boys. Franky is working part-time as an investigator for Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. Then Franky learns that Bill Higb...

    Imagine being convicted of a crime that you didn?t commit. Imagine spending eight years on death row until being finally freed. So begins our introduction to Franky Dast and the miscar-riage of justice that turned his world upside down and inside out. Franky Dast is grabbing his ...

    This is the first in a new series set in Florida and featuring Franky Dast, who has just been released from Death Row after eight years, mainly due to his own efforts. Franky finds it hard to adjust, he is angry that he was wrongly convicted and is fixated on Bill Higby the detective w...

    4.5 stars. Monument Road by Michael Wiley is a riveting mystery which features a former death row inmate who is struggling to reintegrate to society while at the same time working as a investigator for the nonprofit that helped overturn his conviction. After stopping to help brot...

    Michael Wiley's phenomenal writing showcases his skill. The story is dark, haunting, and at times, disturbing. The characters are incredibly real - every one of them is flawed. There were times I wanted to grab Franky and shake him for his impulsive behavior. However, he is completely ...

    This was a well-written book: the characters were well rounded, real, and consistent; the plot was well constructed; but I didn't enjoy reading it so much. The cover page said it was noir fiction, which I took to mean, dark fiction or depressing and lowering. However, I learned that "N...

    Others have explained the premise of this story: Franky Dast is released from prison after spending eight years in there, some of them on death row. The author obviously spent considerable time researching for this story. The psychological make-up of Franky Dast felt spot on. Often, th...

    There's not much to say about this one. It tried to be a character study about an innocent man that was released from prison after eight years and the cop who put him there ends up becoming entangled in a legal mess that Franky tries to help him out of, but honestly this was boring. Th...

    Very noir. Franky, who has been released from prison after serving eight years on death row, finds himself in the decidedly odd position of investigating on behalf of Bill Higby, the very police detective who sent him to prison. He's got lots of issues, Franky does, which is to be expe...

    This is the first book I have read by this author, and it?s amazing. The main character Frank Dast convicted for a crime he didn?t commit, when he is released because of evidence that wasn?t used correctly, he goes after the cop who put him in prison. But when the cop is then cau...

    Only thing I like about this book is that I finished it. The story line is interesting but I hated the writing. Could not connect with any character. It was slow paced and even when it picked up it was just too dark of a story to enjoy. ...

    Very dark story, don't look for any comic releif or a happy ending ...

    I gave this one up after about 50 pages. ...

    Every character in this book is unlikable. It was a struggle to finish. ...

    Too much swearing, too much sex, depressing story. I only made it to page 65 and then read the end to see if it was worth wading through. It wasn't. ...

    Pretty dark but a very well-written and engaging book. I love the flawed protagonist and will look forward to reading the next book about him. ...

  • Dlora
    Sep 26, 2018

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

    Franky Dast has just been released from prison,having been cleared of murdering two boys 8 years earlier although there are some who still believe he did it and that he should have been executed as his sentence required- unfortunately one of these is the detective who arrested him. De...

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. It in no way changed or pressured my honest opinion of it. I really enjoyed this book. I have gotten into mysteries more than ever lately, and this book hit the spot. I flew through it, and was left wanting mo...

    This is another new author for me and another one firmly added to my watch list. Set in Jacksonville, Florida we follow Franky Dast as he is released from jail having served 8 years for a crime he didn't commit and was convinced he was fitted up for; the who and the why very much in th...

    Franky Dast is released from a Florida prison after spending eight years on death row for the rape and murder of two teenaged boys. Franky is working part-time as an investigator for Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. Then Franky learns that Bill Higb...

    Imagine being convicted of a crime that you didn?t commit. Imagine spending eight years on death row until being finally freed. So begins our introduction to Franky Dast and the miscar-riage of justice that turned his world upside down and inside out. Franky Dast is grabbing his ...

    This is the first in a new series set in Florida and featuring Franky Dast, who has just been released from Death Row after eight years, mainly due to his own efforts. Franky finds it hard to adjust, he is angry that he was wrongly convicted and is fixated on Bill Higby the detective w...

    4.5 stars. Monument Road by Michael Wiley is a riveting mystery which features a former death row inmate who is struggling to reintegrate to society while at the same time working as a investigator for the nonprofit that helped overturn his conviction. After stopping to help brot...

    Michael Wiley's phenomenal writing showcases his skill. The story is dark, haunting, and at times, disturbing. The characters are incredibly real - every one of them is flawed. There were times I wanted to grab Franky and shake him for his impulsive behavior. However, he is completely ...

    This was a well-written book: the characters were well rounded, real, and consistent; the plot was well constructed; but I didn't enjoy reading it so much. The cover page said it was noir fiction, which I took to mean, dark fiction or depressing and lowering. However, I learned that "N...

  • Amber
    Jul 15, 2018

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

    Franky Dast has just been released from prison,having been cleared of murdering two boys 8 years earlier although there are some who still believe he did it and that he should have been executed as his sentence required- unfortunately one of these is the detective who arrested him. De...

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. It in no way changed or pressured my honest opinion of it. I really enjoyed this book. I have gotten into mysteries more than ever lately, and this book hit the spot. I flew through it, and was left wanting mo...

    This is another new author for me and another one firmly added to my watch list. Set in Jacksonville, Florida we follow Franky Dast as he is released from jail having served 8 years for a crime he didn't commit and was convinced he was fitted up for; the who and the why very much in th...

    Franky Dast is released from a Florida prison after spending eight years on death row for the rape and murder of two teenaged boys. Franky is working part-time as an investigator for Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. Then Franky learns that Bill Higb...

    Imagine being convicted of a crime that you didn?t commit. Imagine spending eight years on death row until being finally freed. So begins our introduction to Franky Dast and the miscar-riage of justice that turned his world upside down and inside out. Franky Dast is grabbing his ...

    This is the first in a new series set in Florida and featuring Franky Dast, who has just been released from Death Row after eight years, mainly due to his own efforts. Franky finds it hard to adjust, he is angry that he was wrongly convicted and is fixated on Bill Higby the detective w...

    4.5 stars. Monument Road by Michael Wiley is a riveting mystery which features a former death row inmate who is struggling to reintegrate to society while at the same time working as a investigator for the nonprofit that helped overturn his conviction. After stopping to help brot...

    Michael Wiley's phenomenal writing showcases his skill. The story is dark, haunting, and at times, disturbing. The characters are incredibly real - every one of them is flawed. There were times I wanted to grab Franky and shake him for his impulsive behavior. However, he is completely ...

    This was a well-written book: the characters were well rounded, real, and consistent; the plot was well constructed; but I didn't enjoy reading it so much. The cover page said it was noir fiction, which I took to mean, dark fiction or depressing and lowering. However, I learned that "N...

    Others have explained the premise of this story: Franky Dast is released from prison after spending eight years in there, some of them on death row. The author obviously spent considerable time researching for this story. The psychological make-up of Franky Dast felt spot on. Often, th...

    There's not much to say about this one. It tried to be a character study about an innocent man that was released from prison after eight years and the cop who put him there ends up becoming entangled in a legal mess that Franky tries to help him out of, but honestly this was boring. Th...

  • Karl
    Jun 22, 2018

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

  • Kathy
    Nov 18, 2017

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

    Franky Dast has just been released from prison,having been cleared of murdering two boys 8 years earlier although there are some who still believe he did it and that he should have been executed as his sentence required- unfortunately one of these is the detective who arrested him. De...

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. It in no way changed or pressured my honest opinion of it. I really enjoyed this book. I have gotten into mysteries more than ever lately, and this book hit the spot. I flew through it, and was left wanting mo...

    This is another new author for me and another one firmly added to my watch list. Set in Jacksonville, Florida we follow Franky Dast as he is released from jail having served 8 years for a crime he didn't commit and was convinced he was fitted up for; the who and the why very much in th...

    Franky Dast is released from a Florida prison after spending eight years on death row for the rape and murder of two teenaged boys. Franky is working part-time as an investigator for Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. Then Franky learns that Bill Higb...

    Imagine being convicted of a crime that you didn?t commit. Imagine spending eight years on death row until being finally freed. So begins our introduction to Franky Dast and the miscar-riage of justice that turned his world upside down and inside out. Franky Dast is grabbing his ...

    This is the first in a new series set in Florida and featuring Franky Dast, who has just been released from Death Row after eight years, mainly due to his own efforts. Franky finds it hard to adjust, he is angry that he was wrongly convicted and is fixated on Bill Higby the detective w...

    4.5 stars. Monument Road by Michael Wiley is a riveting mystery which features a former death row inmate who is struggling to reintegrate to society while at the same time working as a investigator for the nonprofit that helped overturn his conviction. After stopping to help brot...

  • Liz
    Nov 28, 2017

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

  • Veronica Hart
    Sep 26, 2018

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

    Franky Dast has just been released from prison,having been cleared of murdering two boys 8 years earlier although there are some who still believe he did it and that he should have been executed as his sentence required- unfortunately one of these is the detective who arrested him. De...

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. It in no way changed or pressured my honest opinion of it. I really enjoyed this book. I have gotten into mysteries more than ever lately, and this book hit the spot. I flew through it, and was left wanting mo...

    This is another new author for me and another one firmly added to my watch list. Set in Jacksonville, Florida we follow Franky Dast as he is released from jail having served 8 years for a crime he didn't commit and was convinced he was fitted up for; the who and the why very much in th...

    Franky Dast is released from a Florida prison after spending eight years on death row for the rape and murder of two teenaged boys. Franky is working part-time as an investigator for Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. Then Franky learns that Bill Higb...

    Imagine being convicted of a crime that you didn?t commit. Imagine spending eight years on death row until being finally freed. So begins our introduction to Franky Dast and the miscar-riage of justice that turned his world upside down and inside out. Franky Dast is grabbing his ...

    This is the first in a new series set in Florida and featuring Franky Dast, who has just been released from Death Row after eight years, mainly due to his own efforts. Franky finds it hard to adjust, he is angry that he was wrongly convicted and is fixated on Bill Higby the detective w...

    4.5 stars. Monument Road by Michael Wiley is a riveting mystery which features a former death row inmate who is struggling to reintegrate to society while at the same time working as a investigator for the nonprofit that helped overturn his conviction. After stopping to help brot...

    Michael Wiley's phenomenal writing showcases his skill. The story is dark, haunting, and at times, disturbing. The characters are incredibly real - every one of them is flawed. There were times I wanted to grab Franky and shake him for his impulsive behavior. However, he is completely ...

    This was a well-written book: the characters were well rounded, real, and consistent; the plot was well constructed; but I didn't enjoy reading it so much. The cover page said it was noir fiction, which I took to mean, dark fiction or depressing and lowering. However, I learned that "N...

    Others have explained the premise of this story: Franky Dast is released from prison after spending eight years in there, some of them on death row. The author obviously spent considerable time researching for this story. The psychological make-up of Franky Dast felt spot on. Often, th...

  • Julie
    Sep 11, 2018

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

    Franky Dast has just been released from prison,having been cleared of murdering two boys 8 years earlier although there are some who still believe he did it and that he should have been executed as his sentence required- unfortunately one of these is the detective who arrested him. De...

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. It in no way changed or pressured my honest opinion of it. I really enjoyed this book. I have gotten into mysteries more than ever lately, and this book hit the spot. I flew through it, and was left wanting mo...

    This is another new author for me and another one firmly added to my watch list. Set in Jacksonville, Florida we follow Franky Dast as he is released from jail having served 8 years for a crime he didn't commit and was convinced he was fitted up for; the who and the why very much in th...

    Franky Dast is released from a Florida prison after spending eight years on death row for the rape and murder of two teenaged boys. Franky is working part-time as an investigator for Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. Then Franky learns that Bill Higb...

    Imagine being convicted of a crime that you didn?t commit. Imagine spending eight years on death row until being finally freed. So begins our introduction to Franky Dast and the miscar-riage of justice that turned his world upside down and inside out. Franky Dast is grabbing his ...

    This is the first in a new series set in Florida and featuring Franky Dast, who has just been released from Death Row after eight years, mainly due to his own efforts. Franky finds it hard to adjust, he is angry that he was wrongly convicted and is fixated on Bill Higby the detective w...

    4.5 stars. Monument Road by Michael Wiley is a riveting mystery which features a former death row inmate who is struggling to reintegrate to society while at the same time working as a investigator for the nonprofit that helped overturn his conviction. After stopping to help brot...

    Michael Wiley's phenomenal writing showcases his skill. The story is dark, haunting, and at times, disturbing. The characters are incredibly real - every one of them is flawed. There were times I wanted to grab Franky and shake him for his impulsive behavior. However, he is completely ...

    This was a well-written book: the characters were well rounded, real, and consistent; the plot was well constructed; but I didn't enjoy reading it so much. The cover page said it was noir fiction, which I took to mean, dark fiction or depressing and lowering. However, I learned that "N...

    Others have explained the premise of this story: Franky Dast is released from prison after spending eight years in there, some of them on death row. The author obviously spent considerable time researching for this story. The psychological make-up of Franky Dast felt spot on. Often, th...

    There's not much to say about this one. It tried to be a character study about an innocent man that was released from prison after eight years and the cop who put him there ends up becoming entangled in a legal mess that Franky tries to help him out of, but honestly this was boring. Th...

    Very noir. Franky, who has been released from prison after serving eight years on death row, finds himself in the decidedly odd position of investigating on behalf of Bill Higby, the very police detective who sent him to prison. He's got lots of issues, Franky does, which is to be expe...

    This is the first book I have read by this author, and it?s amazing. The main character Frank Dast convicted for a crime he didn?t commit, when he is released because of evidence that wasn?t used correctly, he goes after the cop who put him in prison. But when the cop is then cau...

    Only thing I like about this book is that I finished it. The story line is interesting but I hated the writing. Could not connect with any character. It was slow paced and even when it picked up it was just too dark of a story to enjoy. ...

    Very dark story, don't look for any comic releif or a happy ending ...

    I gave this one up after about 50 pages. ...

    Every character in this book is unlikable. It was a struggle to finish. ...

    Too much swearing, too much sex, depressing story. I only made it to page 65 and then read the end to see if it was worth wading through. It wasn't. ...

    Pretty dark but a very well-written and engaging book. I love the flawed protagonist and will look forward to reading the next book about him. ...

    I liked this story and how it speaks of getting to the bottom of a mystery even when that person may have caused our misfortune and helping them anyway. ...

  • Kath
    Nov 27, 2017

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

    Franky Dast has just been released from prison,having been cleared of murdering two boys 8 years earlier although there are some who still believe he did it and that he should have been executed as his sentence required- unfortunately one of these is the detective who arrested him. De...

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. It in no way changed or pressured my honest opinion of it. I really enjoyed this book. I have gotten into mysteries more than ever lately, and this book hit the spot. I flew through it, and was left wanting mo...

    This is another new author for me and another one firmly added to my watch list. Set in Jacksonville, Florida we follow Franky Dast as he is released from jail having served 8 years for a crime he didn't commit and was convinced he was fitted up for; the who and the why very much in th...

  • Grace Koshida
    Jan 09, 2018

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

    Franky Dast has just been released from prison,having been cleared of murdering two boys 8 years earlier although there are some who still believe he did it and that he should have been executed as his sentence required- unfortunately one of these is the detective who arrested him. De...

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. It in no way changed or pressured my honest opinion of it. I really enjoyed this book. I have gotten into mysteries more than ever lately, and this book hit the spot. I flew through it, and was left wanting mo...

    This is another new author for me and another one firmly added to my watch list. Set in Jacksonville, Florida we follow Franky Dast as he is released from jail having served 8 years for a crime he didn't commit and was convinced he was fitted up for; the who and the why very much in th...

    Franky Dast is released from a Florida prison after spending eight years on death row for the rape and murder of two teenaged boys. Franky is working part-time as an investigator for Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. Then Franky learns that Bill Higb...

  • Janebbooks
    Nov 18, 2017

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

  • Jeffrey Lee
    Mar 02, 2018

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

    Franky Dast has just been released from prison,having been cleared of murdering two boys 8 years earlier although there are some who still believe he did it and that he should have been executed as his sentence required- unfortunately one of these is the detective who arrested him. De...

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. It in no way changed or pressured my honest opinion of it. I really enjoyed this book. I have gotten into mysteries more than ever lately, and this book hit the spot. I flew through it, and was left wanting mo...

    This is another new author for me and another one firmly added to my watch list. Set in Jacksonville, Florida we follow Franky Dast as he is released from jail having served 8 years for a crime he didn't commit and was convinced he was fitted up for; the who and the why very much in th...

    Franky Dast is released from a Florida prison after spending eight years on death row for the rape and murder of two teenaged boys. Franky is working part-time as an investigator for Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. Then Franky learns that Bill Higb...

    Imagine being convicted of a crime that you didn?t commit. Imagine spending eight years on death row until being finally freed. So begins our introduction to Franky Dast and the miscar-riage of justice that turned his world upside down and inside out. Franky Dast is grabbing his ...

    This is the first in a new series set in Florida and featuring Franky Dast, who has just been released from Death Row after eight years, mainly due to his own efforts. Franky finds it hard to adjust, he is angry that he was wrongly convicted and is fixated on Bill Higby the detective w...

    4.5 stars. Monument Road by Michael Wiley is a riveting mystery which features a former death row inmate who is struggling to reintegrate to society while at the same time working as a investigator for the nonprofit that helped overturn his conviction. After stopping to help brot...

    Michael Wiley's phenomenal writing showcases his skill. The story is dark, haunting, and at times, disturbing. The characters are incredibly real - every one of them is flawed. There were times I wanted to grab Franky and shake him for his impulsive behavior. However, he is completely ...

    This was a well-written book: the characters were well rounded, real, and consistent; the plot was well constructed; but I didn't enjoy reading it so much. The cover page said it was noir fiction, which I took to mean, dark fiction or depressing and lowering. However, I learned that "N...

    Others have explained the premise of this story: Franky Dast is released from prison after spending eight years in there, some of them on death row. The author obviously spent considerable time researching for this story. The psychological make-up of Franky Dast felt spot on. Often, th...

    There's not much to say about this one. It tried to be a character study about an innocent man that was released from prison after eight years and the cop who put him there ends up becoming entangled in a legal mess that Franky tries to help him out of, but honestly this was boring. Th...

    Very noir. Franky, who has been released from prison after serving eight years on death row, finds himself in the decidedly odd position of investigating on behalf of Bill Higby, the very police detective who sent him to prison. He's got lots of issues, Franky does, which is to be expe...

    This is the first book I have read by this author, and it?s amazing. The main character Frank Dast convicted for a crime he didn?t commit, when he is released because of evidence that wasn?t used correctly, he goes after the cop who put him in prison. But when the cop is then cau...

    Only thing I like about this book is that I finished it. The story line is interesting but I hated the writing. Could not connect with any character. It was slow paced and even when it picked up it was just too dark of a story to enjoy. ...

    Very dark story, don't look for any comic releif or a happy ending ...

  • H.W. Bernard
    Jan 15, 2018

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

  • Lee
    Oct 26, 2017

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

  • J.C. Ferguson
    Aug 14, 2018

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

    Franky Dast has just been released from prison,having been cleared of murdering two boys 8 years earlier although there are some who still believe he did it and that he should have been executed as his sentence required- unfortunately one of these is the detective who arrested him. De...

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. It in no way changed or pressured my honest opinion of it. I really enjoyed this book. I have gotten into mysteries more than ever lately, and this book hit the spot. I flew through it, and was left wanting mo...

    This is another new author for me and another one firmly added to my watch list. Set in Jacksonville, Florida we follow Franky Dast as he is released from jail having served 8 years for a crime he didn't commit and was convinced he was fitted up for; the who and the why very much in th...

    Franky Dast is released from a Florida prison after spending eight years on death row for the rape and murder of two teenaged boys. Franky is working part-time as an investigator for Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. Then Franky learns that Bill Higb...

    Imagine being convicted of a crime that you didn?t commit. Imagine spending eight years on death row until being finally freed. So begins our introduction to Franky Dast and the miscar-riage of justice that turned his world upside down and inside out. Franky Dast is grabbing his ...

    This is the first in a new series set in Florida and featuring Franky Dast, who has just been released from Death Row after eight years, mainly due to his own efforts. Franky finds it hard to adjust, he is angry that he was wrongly convicted and is fixated on Bill Higby the detective w...

    4.5 stars. Monument Road by Michael Wiley is a riveting mystery which features a former death row inmate who is struggling to reintegrate to society while at the same time working as a investigator for the nonprofit that helped overturn his conviction. After stopping to help brot...

    Michael Wiley's phenomenal writing showcases his skill. The story is dark, haunting, and at times, disturbing. The characters are incredibly real - every one of them is flawed. There were times I wanted to grab Franky and shake him for his impulsive behavior. However, he is completely ...

    This was a well-written book: the characters were well rounded, real, and consistent; the plot was well constructed; but I didn't enjoy reading it so much. The cover page said it was noir fiction, which I took to mean, dark fiction or depressing and lowering. However, I learned that "N...

    Others have explained the premise of this story: Franky Dast is released from prison after spending eight years in there, some of them on death row. The author obviously spent considerable time researching for this story. The psychological make-up of Franky Dast felt spot on. Often, th...

    There's not much to say about this one. It tried to be a character study about an innocent man that was released from prison after eight years and the cop who put him there ends up becoming entangled in a legal mess that Franky tries to help him out of, but honestly this was boring. Th...

    Very noir. Franky, who has been released from prison after serving eight years on death row, finds himself in the decidedly odd position of investigating on behalf of Bill Higby, the very police detective who sent him to prison. He's got lots of issues, Franky does, which is to be expe...

    This is the first book I have read by this author, and it?s amazing. The main character Frank Dast convicted for a crime he didn?t commit, when he is released because of evidence that wasn?t used correctly, he goes after the cop who put him in prison. But when the cop is then cau...

    Only thing I like about this book is that I finished it. The story line is interesting but I hated the writing. Could not connect with any character. It was slow paced and even when it picked up it was just too dark of a story to enjoy. ...

    Very dark story, don't look for any comic releif or a happy ending ...

    I gave this one up after about 50 pages. ...

  • Kathleen Gray
    Nov 29, 2017

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

    Franky Dast has just been released from prison,having been cleared of murdering two boys 8 years earlier although there are some who still believe he did it and that he should have been executed as his sentence required- unfortunately one of these is the detective who arrested him. De...

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. It in no way changed or pressured my honest opinion of it. I really enjoyed this book. I have gotten into mysteries more than ever lately, and this book hit the spot. I flew through it, and was left wanting mo...

    This is another new author for me and another one firmly added to my watch list. Set in Jacksonville, Florida we follow Franky Dast as he is released from jail having served 8 years for a crime he didn't commit and was convinced he was fitted up for; the who and the why very much in th...

    Franky Dast is released from a Florida prison after spending eight years on death row for the rape and murder of two teenaged boys. Franky is working part-time as an investigator for Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. Then Franky learns that Bill Higb...

    Imagine being convicted of a crime that you didn?t commit. Imagine spending eight years on death row until being finally freed. So begins our introduction to Franky Dast and the miscar-riage of justice that turned his world upside down and inside out. Franky Dast is grabbing his ...

    This is the first in a new series set in Florida and featuring Franky Dast, who has just been released from Death Row after eight years, mainly due to his own efforts. Franky finds it hard to adjust, he is angry that he was wrongly convicted and is fixated on Bill Higby the detective w...

    4.5 stars. Monument Road by Michael Wiley is a riveting mystery which features a former death row inmate who is struggling to reintegrate to society while at the same time working as a investigator for the nonprofit that helped overturn his conviction. After stopping to help brot...

    Michael Wiley's phenomenal writing showcases his skill. The story is dark, haunting, and at times, disturbing. The characters are incredibly real - every one of them is flawed. There were times I wanted to grab Franky and shake him for his impulsive behavior. However, he is completely ...

    This was a well-written book: the characters were well rounded, real, and consistent; the plot was well constructed; but I didn't enjoy reading it so much. The cover page said it was noir fiction, which I took to mean, dark fiction or depressing and lowering. However, I learned that "N...

    Others have explained the premise of this story: Franky Dast is released from prison after spending eight years in there, some of them on death row. The author obviously spent considerable time researching for this story. The psychological make-up of Franky Dast felt spot on. Often, th...

    There's not much to say about this one. It tried to be a character study about an innocent man that was released from prison after eight years and the cop who put him there ends up becoming entangled in a legal mess that Franky tries to help him out of, but honestly this was boring. Th...

    Very noir. Franky, who has been released from prison after serving eight years on death row, finds himself in the decidedly odd position of investigating on behalf of Bill Higby, the very police detective who sent him to prison. He's got lots of issues, Franky does, which is to be expe...

  • Angie Parish
    Sep 24, 2017

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

    Franky Dast has just been released from prison,having been cleared of murdering two boys 8 years earlier although there are some who still believe he did it and that he should have been executed as his sentence required- unfortunately one of these is the detective who arrested him. De...

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. It in no way changed or pressured my honest opinion of it. I really enjoyed this book. I have gotten into mysteries more than ever lately, and this book hit the spot. I flew through it, and was left wanting mo...

  • Tim
    Sep 15, 2017

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

  • Kara Angelos
    Aug 11, 2018

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

    Franky Dast has just been released from prison,having been cleared of murdering two boys 8 years earlier although there are some who still believe he did it and that he should have been executed as his sentence required- unfortunately one of these is the detective who arrested him. De...

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. It in no way changed or pressured my honest opinion of it. I really enjoyed this book. I have gotten into mysteries more than ever lately, and this book hit the spot. I flew through it, and was left wanting mo...

    This is another new author for me and another one firmly added to my watch list. Set in Jacksonville, Florida we follow Franky Dast as he is released from jail having served 8 years for a crime he didn't commit and was convinced he was fitted up for; the who and the why very much in th...

    Franky Dast is released from a Florida prison after spending eight years on death row for the rape and murder of two teenaged boys. Franky is working part-time as an investigator for Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. Then Franky learns that Bill Higb...

    Imagine being convicted of a crime that you didn?t commit. Imagine spending eight years on death row until being finally freed. So begins our introduction to Franky Dast and the miscar-riage of justice that turned his world upside down and inside out. Franky Dast is grabbing his ...

    This is the first in a new series set in Florida and featuring Franky Dast, who has just been released from Death Row after eight years, mainly due to his own efforts. Franky finds it hard to adjust, he is angry that he was wrongly convicted and is fixated on Bill Higby the detective w...

    4.5 stars. Monument Road by Michael Wiley is a riveting mystery which features a former death row inmate who is struggling to reintegrate to society while at the same time working as a investigator for the nonprofit that helped overturn his conviction. After stopping to help brot...

    Michael Wiley's phenomenal writing showcases his skill. The story is dark, haunting, and at times, disturbing. The characters are incredibly real - every one of them is flawed. There were times I wanted to grab Franky and shake him for his impulsive behavior. However, he is completely ...

    This was a well-written book: the characters were well rounded, real, and consistent; the plot was well constructed; but I didn't enjoy reading it so much. The cover page said it was noir fiction, which I took to mean, dark fiction or depressing and lowering. However, I learned that "N...

    Others have explained the premise of this story: Franky Dast is released from prison after spending eight years in there, some of them on death row. The author obviously spent considerable time researching for this story. The psychological make-up of Franky Dast felt spot on. Often, th...

    There's not much to say about this one. It tried to be a character study about an innocent man that was released from prison after eight years and the cop who put him there ends up becoming entangled in a legal mess that Franky tries to help him out of, but honestly this was boring. Th...

    Very noir. Franky, who has been released from prison after serving eight years on death row, finds himself in the decidedly odd position of investigating on behalf of Bill Higby, the very police detective who sent him to prison. He's got lots of issues, Franky does, which is to be expe...

    This is the first book I have read by this author, and it?s amazing. The main character Frank Dast convicted for a crime he didn?t commit, when he is released because of evidence that wasn?t used correctly, he goes after the cop who put him in prison. But when the cop is then cau...

    Only thing I like about this book is that I finished it. The story line is interesting but I hated the writing. Could not connect with any character. It was slow paced and even when it picked up it was just too dark of a story to enjoy. ...

    Very dark story, don't look for any comic releif or a happy ending ...

    I gave this one up after about 50 pages. ...

    Every character in this book is unlikable. It was a struggle to finish. ...

    Too much swearing, too much sex, depressing story. I only made it to page 65 and then read the end to see if it was worth wading through. It wasn't. ...

    Pretty dark but a very well-written and engaging book. I love the flawed protagonist and will look forward to reading the next book about him. ...

    I liked this story and how it speaks of getting to the bottom of a mystery even when that person may have caused our misfortune and helping them anyway. ...

    ...

  • Breakaway Reviewers
    Jan 10, 2018

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

    Franky Dast has just been released from prison,having been cleared of murdering two boys 8 years earlier although there are some who still believe he did it and that he should have been executed as his sentence required- unfortunately one of these is the detective who arrested him. De...

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. It in no way changed or pressured my honest opinion of it. I really enjoyed this book. I have gotten into mysteries more than ever lately, and this book hit the spot. I flew through it, and was left wanting mo...

    This is another new author for me and another one firmly added to my watch list. Set in Jacksonville, Florida we follow Franky Dast as he is released from jail having served 8 years for a crime he didn't commit and was convinced he was fitted up for; the who and the why very much in th...

    Franky Dast is released from a Florida prison after spending eight years on death row for the rape and murder of two teenaged boys. Franky is working part-time as an investigator for Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. Then Franky learns that Bill Higb...

    Imagine being convicted of a crime that you didn?t commit. Imagine spending eight years on death row until being finally freed. So begins our introduction to Franky Dast and the miscar-riage of justice that turned his world upside down and inside out. Franky Dast is grabbing his ...

  • Rebecca Ipson
    Oct 23, 2018

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

    Franky Dast has just been released from prison,having been cleared of murdering two boys 8 years earlier although there are some who still believe he did it and that he should have been executed as his sentence required- unfortunately one of these is the detective who arrested him. De...

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. It in no way changed or pressured my honest opinion of it. I really enjoyed this book. I have gotten into mysteries more than ever lately, and this book hit the spot. I flew through it, and was left wanting mo...

    This is another new author for me and another one firmly added to my watch list. Set in Jacksonville, Florida we follow Franky Dast as he is released from jail having served 8 years for a crime he didn't commit and was convinced he was fitted up for; the who and the why very much in th...

    Franky Dast is released from a Florida prison after spending eight years on death row for the rape and murder of two teenaged boys. Franky is working part-time as an investigator for Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. Then Franky learns that Bill Higb...

    Imagine being convicted of a crime that you didn?t commit. Imagine spending eight years on death row until being finally freed. So begins our introduction to Franky Dast and the miscar-riage of justice that turned his world upside down and inside out. Franky Dast is grabbing his ...

    This is the first in a new series set in Florida and featuring Franky Dast, who has just been released from Death Row after eight years, mainly due to his own efforts. Franky finds it hard to adjust, he is angry that he was wrongly convicted and is fixated on Bill Higby the detective w...

    4.5 stars. Monument Road by Michael Wiley is a riveting mystery which features a former death row inmate who is struggling to reintegrate to society while at the same time working as a investigator for the nonprofit that helped overturn his conviction. After stopping to help brot...

    Michael Wiley's phenomenal writing showcases his skill. The story is dark, haunting, and at times, disturbing. The characters are incredibly real - every one of them is flawed. There were times I wanted to grab Franky and shake him for his impulsive behavior. However, he is completely ...

    This was a well-written book: the characters were well rounded, real, and consistent; the plot was well constructed; but I didn't enjoy reading it so much. The cover page said it was noir fiction, which I took to mean, dark fiction or depressing and lowering. However, I learned that "N...

    Others have explained the premise of this story: Franky Dast is released from prison after spending eight years in there, some of them on death row. The author obviously spent considerable time researching for this story. The psychological make-up of Franky Dast felt spot on. Often, th...

    There's not much to say about this one. It tried to be a character study about an innocent man that was released from prison after eight years and the cop who put him there ends up becoming entangled in a legal mess that Franky tries to help him out of, but honestly this was boring. Th...

    Very noir. Franky, who has been released from prison after serving eight years on death row, finds himself in the decidedly odd position of investigating on behalf of Bill Higby, the very police detective who sent him to prison. He's got lots of issues, Franky does, which is to be expe...

    This is the first book I have read by this author, and it?s amazing. The main character Frank Dast convicted for a crime he didn?t commit, when he is released because of evidence that wasn?t used correctly, he goes after the cop who put him in prison. But when the cop is then cau...

    Only thing I like about this book is that I finished it. The story line is interesting but I hated the writing. Could not connect with any character. It was slow paced and even when it picked up it was just too dark of a story to enjoy. ...

    Very dark story, don't look for any comic releif or a happy ending ...

    I gave this one up after about 50 pages. ...

    Every character in this book is unlikable. It was a struggle to finish. ...

    Too much swearing, too much sex, depressing story. I only made it to page 65 and then read the end to see if it was worth wading through. It wasn't. ...

  • Kris W
    Oct 15, 2018

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

    Franky Dast has just been released from prison,having been cleared of murdering two boys 8 years earlier although there are some who still believe he did it and that he should have been executed as his sentence required- unfortunately one of these is the detective who arrested him. De...

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. It in no way changed or pressured my honest opinion of it. I really enjoyed this book. I have gotten into mysteries more than ever lately, and this book hit the spot. I flew through it, and was left wanting mo...

    This is another new author for me and another one firmly added to my watch list. Set in Jacksonville, Florida we follow Franky Dast as he is released from jail having served 8 years for a crime he didn't commit and was convinced he was fitted up for; the who and the why very much in th...

    Franky Dast is released from a Florida prison after spending eight years on death row for the rape and murder of two teenaged boys. Franky is working part-time as an investigator for Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. Then Franky learns that Bill Higb...

    Imagine being convicted of a crime that you didn?t commit. Imagine spending eight years on death row until being finally freed. So begins our introduction to Franky Dast and the miscar-riage of justice that turned his world upside down and inside out. Franky Dast is grabbing his ...

    This is the first in a new series set in Florida and featuring Franky Dast, who has just been released from Death Row after eight years, mainly due to his own efforts. Franky finds it hard to adjust, he is angry that he was wrongly convicted and is fixated on Bill Higby the detective w...

    4.5 stars. Monument Road by Michael Wiley is a riveting mystery which features a former death row inmate who is struggling to reintegrate to society while at the same time working as a investigator for the nonprofit that helped overturn his conviction. After stopping to help brot...

    Michael Wiley's phenomenal writing showcases his skill. The story is dark, haunting, and at times, disturbing. The characters are incredibly real - every one of them is flawed. There were times I wanted to grab Franky and shake him for his impulsive behavior. However, he is completely ...

    This was a well-written book: the characters were well rounded, real, and consistent; the plot was well constructed; but I didn't enjoy reading it so much. The cover page said it was noir fiction, which I took to mean, dark fiction or depressing and lowering. However, I learned that "N...

    Others have explained the premise of this story: Franky Dast is released from prison after spending eight years in there, some of them on death row. The author obviously spent considerable time researching for this story. The psychological make-up of Franky Dast felt spot on. Often, th...

    There's not much to say about this one. It tried to be a character study about an innocent man that was released from prison after eight years and the cop who put him there ends up becoming entangled in a legal mess that Franky tries to help him out of, but honestly this was boring. Th...

    Very noir. Franky, who has been released from prison after serving eight years on death row, finds himself in the decidedly odd position of investigating on behalf of Bill Higby, the very police detective who sent him to prison. He's got lots of issues, Franky does, which is to be expe...

    This is the first book I have read by this author, and it?s amazing. The main character Frank Dast convicted for a crime he didn?t commit, when he is released because of evidence that wasn?t used correctly, he goes after the cop who put him in prison. But when the cop is then cau...

    Only thing I like about this book is that I finished it. The story line is interesting but I hated the writing. Could not connect with any character. It was slow paced and even when it picked up it was just too dark of a story to enjoy. ...

    Very dark story, don't look for any comic releif or a happy ending ...

    I gave this one up after about 50 pages. ...

    Every character in this book is unlikable. It was a struggle to finish. ...

  • Jodi
    Oct 30, 2018

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

    Franky Dast has just been released from prison,having been cleared of murdering two boys 8 years earlier although there are some who still believe he did it and that he should have been executed as his sentence required- unfortunately one of these is the detective who arrested him. De...

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. It in no way changed or pressured my honest opinion of it. I really enjoyed this book. I have gotten into mysteries more than ever lately, and this book hit the spot. I flew through it, and was left wanting mo...

    This is another new author for me and another one firmly added to my watch list. Set in Jacksonville, Florida we follow Franky Dast as he is released from jail having served 8 years for a crime he didn't commit and was convinced he was fitted up for; the who and the why very much in th...

    Franky Dast is released from a Florida prison after spending eight years on death row for the rape and murder of two teenaged boys. Franky is working part-time as an investigator for Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. Then Franky learns that Bill Higb...

    Imagine being convicted of a crime that you didn?t commit. Imagine spending eight years on death row until being finally freed. So begins our introduction to Franky Dast and the miscar-riage of justice that turned his world upside down and inside out. Franky Dast is grabbing his ...

    This is the first in a new series set in Florida and featuring Franky Dast, who has just been released from Death Row after eight years, mainly due to his own efforts. Franky finds it hard to adjust, he is angry that he was wrongly convicted and is fixated on Bill Higby the detective w...

    4.5 stars. Monument Road by Michael Wiley is a riveting mystery which features a former death row inmate who is struggling to reintegrate to society while at the same time working as a investigator for the nonprofit that helped overturn his conviction. After stopping to help brot...

    Michael Wiley's phenomenal writing showcases his skill. The story is dark, haunting, and at times, disturbing. The characters are incredibly real - every one of them is flawed. There were times I wanted to grab Franky and shake him for his impulsive behavior. However, he is completely ...

    This was a well-written book: the characters were well rounded, real, and consistent; the plot was well constructed; but I didn't enjoy reading it so much. The cover page said it was noir fiction, which I took to mean, dark fiction or depressing and lowering. However, I learned that "N...

    Others have explained the premise of this story: Franky Dast is released from prison after spending eight years in there, some of them on death row. The author obviously spent considerable time researching for this story. The psychological make-up of Franky Dast felt spot on. Often, th...

    There's not much to say about this one. It tried to be a character study about an innocent man that was released from prison after eight years and the cop who put him there ends up becoming entangled in a legal mess that Franky tries to help him out of, but honestly this was boring. Th...

    Very noir. Franky, who has been released from prison after serving eight years on death row, finds himself in the decidedly odd position of investigating on behalf of Bill Higby, the very police detective who sent him to prison. He's got lots of issues, Franky does, which is to be expe...

    This is the first book I have read by this author, and it?s amazing. The main character Frank Dast convicted for a crime he didn?t commit, when he is released because of evidence that wasn?t used correctly, he goes after the cop who put him in prison. But when the cop is then cau...

    Only thing I like about this book is that I finished it. The story line is interesting but I hated the writing. Could not connect with any character. It was slow paced and even when it picked up it was just too dark of a story to enjoy. ...

  • William
    Nov 21, 2017

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

  • Annette
    Oct 19, 2017

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

    Franky Dast has just been released from prison,having been cleared of murdering two boys 8 years earlier although there are some who still believe he did it and that he should have been executed as his sentence required- unfortunately one of these is the detective who arrested him. De...

  • Paromjit
    Nov 01, 2017

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

  • Elaine Tomasso
    Aug 13, 2017

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

  • Margaret Duke-Wyer
    Nov 26, 2017

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

    Franky Dast has just been released from prison,having been cleared of murdering two boys 8 years earlier although there are some who still believe he did it and that he should have been executed as his sentence required- unfortunately one of these is the detective who arrested him. De...

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. It in no way changed or pressured my honest opinion of it. I really enjoyed this book. I have gotten into mysteries more than ever lately, and this book hit the spot. I flew through it, and was left wanting mo...

    This is another new author for me and another one firmly added to my watch list. Set in Jacksonville, Florida we follow Franky Dast as he is released from jail having served 8 years for a crime he didn't commit and was convinced he was fitted up for; the who and the why very much in th...

    Franky Dast is released from a Florida prison after spending eight years on death row for the rape and murder of two teenaged boys. Franky is working part-time as an investigator for Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. Then Franky learns that Bill Higb...

    Imagine being convicted of a crime that you didn?t commit. Imagine spending eight years on death row until being finally freed. So begins our introduction to Franky Dast and the miscar-riage of justice that turned his world upside down and inside out. Franky Dast is grabbing his ...

    This is the first in a new series set in Florida and featuring Franky Dast, who has just been released from Death Row after eight years, mainly due to his own efforts. Franky finds it hard to adjust, he is angry that he was wrongly convicted and is fixated on Bill Higby the detective w...

  • Amanda Williams
    Aug 28, 2018

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

    Franky Dast has just been released from prison,having been cleared of murdering two boys 8 years earlier although there are some who still believe he did it and that he should have been executed as his sentence required- unfortunately one of these is the detective who arrested him. De...

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. It in no way changed or pressured my honest opinion of it. I really enjoyed this book. I have gotten into mysteries more than ever lately, and this book hit the spot. I flew through it, and was left wanting mo...

    This is another new author for me and another one firmly added to my watch list. Set in Jacksonville, Florida we follow Franky Dast as he is released from jail having served 8 years for a crime he didn't commit and was convinced he was fitted up for; the who and the why very much in th...

    Franky Dast is released from a Florida prison after spending eight years on death row for the rape and murder of two teenaged boys. Franky is working part-time as an investigator for Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. Then Franky learns that Bill Higb...

    Imagine being convicted of a crime that you didn?t commit. Imagine spending eight years on death row until being finally freed. So begins our introduction to Franky Dast and the miscar-riage of justice that turned his world upside down and inside out. Franky Dast is grabbing his ...

    This is the first in a new series set in Florida and featuring Franky Dast, who has just been released from Death Row after eight years, mainly due to his own efforts. Franky finds it hard to adjust, he is angry that he was wrongly convicted and is fixated on Bill Higby the detective w...

    4.5 stars. Monument Road by Michael Wiley is a riveting mystery which features a former death row inmate who is struggling to reintegrate to society while at the same time working as a investigator for the nonprofit that helped overturn his conviction. After stopping to help brot...

    Michael Wiley's phenomenal writing showcases his skill. The story is dark, haunting, and at times, disturbing. The characters are incredibly real - every one of them is flawed. There were times I wanted to grab Franky and shake him for his impulsive behavior. However, he is completely ...

    This was a well-written book: the characters were well rounded, real, and consistent; the plot was well constructed; but I didn't enjoy reading it so much. The cover page said it was noir fiction, which I took to mean, dark fiction or depressing and lowering. However, I learned that "N...

    Others have explained the premise of this story: Franky Dast is released from prison after spending eight years in there, some of them on death row. The author obviously spent considerable time researching for this story. The psychological make-up of Franky Dast felt spot on. Often, th...

    There's not much to say about this one. It tried to be a character study about an innocent man that was released from prison after eight years and the cop who put him there ends up becoming entangled in a legal mess that Franky tries to help him out of, but honestly this was boring. Th...

    Very noir. Franky, who has been released from prison after serving eight years on death row, finds himself in the decidedly odd position of investigating on behalf of Bill Higby, the very police detective who sent him to prison. He's got lots of issues, Franky does, which is to be expe...

    This is the first book I have read by this author, and it?s amazing. The main character Frank Dast convicted for a crime he didn?t commit, when he is released because of evidence that wasn?t used correctly, he goes after the cop who put him in prison. But when the cop is then cau...

  • Alexandra Christle
    Sep 15, 2018

    This is dark and enthralling Crime Noir set in Florida. 18 year old Franky Dast does a good deed, helping teenagers Duane and Steven on a dark night by taking them to a petrol station on Monument Road. The two brothers are gruesomely murdered and raped after he drops them off. In a hor...

    Nominees for the 2018 Shamus Awards: ? Dark Water, by Parker Bilal (Bloomsbury USA) ? Blood Truth, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview) ? Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam) ? The Room of White Fire, by T. Jefferson Parker (Putnam) ? Monument Road, by Michael ...

    This book is described as a Florida Noir mystery and the description is apt. Wiley has captured the darkness of being poor and unjustly accused in Florida. He?s also captured the locale, which is so richly described it?s like another character. Franky Dast has just been released af...

    Having spent eight years on death row for a crime he didn't commit, Franky Dast now works as an investigator for the Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. But when he learns that Bill Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his...

    I tried very hard to get into this book, but I find the prose to be flat and almost mechanical. The characters and plot are clichéd, and this is DNF for me. Thank you, NetGalley for providing this book to me. ...

    Michael Wiley, UNF professor of 18th and early 19th century British literature, steps away from his place at the head of the classroom to bring his readers another tale set among the bridges, the landscape, the beauty of Northeast Florida again. Monument Road is titled after a major ...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley to read and review. MONUMENT ROAD by Michael Wiley is a novel about Franke Dast, a man recently released from prison, yet he is harassed by a homicide detective Bill Higby who remains convinced of Frankie?s guilt ...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of Monument Road, the first novel to feature Franky Dast, a man recently released from prison after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death for murder. On his release Franky gets a job with the lawyers wh...

    Wow. After reading Michael Wiley?s newest book, MONUMENT ROAD, I?ve placed him right up there with the novelists I consider among the best in the business at the moment: James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Reed Farrel Coleman. Wiley will be on my must-read list from here ...

    Franky Dast has just been released from prison,having been cleared of murdering two boys 8 years earlier although there are some who still believe he did it and that he should have been executed as his sentence required- unfortunately one of these is the detective who arrested him. De...

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley. It in no way changed or pressured my honest opinion of it. I really enjoyed this book. I have gotten into mysteries more than ever lately, and this book hit the spot. I flew through it, and was left wanting mo...

    This is another new author for me and another one firmly added to my watch list. Set in Jacksonville, Florida we follow Franky Dast as he is released from jail having served 8 years for a crime he didn't commit and was convinced he was fitted up for; the who and the why very much in th...

    Franky Dast is released from a Florida prison after spending eight years on death row for the rape and murder of two teenaged boys. Franky is working part-time as an investigator for Justice Now Initiative, seeking to help others in the same situation. Then Franky learns that Bill Higb...

    Imagine being convicted of a crime that you didn?t commit. Imagine spending eight years on death row until being finally freed. So begins our introduction to Franky Dast and the miscar-riage of justice that turned his world upside down and inside out. Franky Dast is grabbing his ...

    This is the first in a new series set in Florida and featuring Franky Dast, who has just been released from Death Row after eight years, mainly due to his own efforts. Franky finds it hard to adjust, he is angry that he was wrongly convicted and is fixated on Bill Higby the detective w...

    4.5 stars. Monument Road by Michael Wiley is a riveting mystery which features a former death row inmate who is struggling to reintegrate to society while at the same time working as a investigator for the nonprofit that helped overturn his conviction. After stopping to help brot...

    Michael Wiley's phenomenal writing showcases his skill. The story is dark, haunting, and at times, disturbing. The characters are incredibly real - every one of them is flawed. There were times I wanted to grab Franky and shake him for his impulsive behavior. However, he is completely ...