Friday, March 22, 2013

Review: Grim by Joseph Spencer

Grim by Joseph Spencer
Paranormal Crime Thriller
Date Published: 9/1/12

Grim is a complex, gritty, and often gory tale which follows a series of grisly murders in Prairieville. The blood trail leads to a reclusive millionaire Heath Grim, who wears a mask to hide his war scars from the world, but he harbors a darker secret on the inside. Virtuous detective Adam White almost always gets his man, but he's haunted by the one case he's never closed - his wife's murder. When White is pushed to the limits of his sanity from a rising body count and a criminal kingpin who has turned crooked cops and corrupt politicians against him, will he be able to collar the killer? Or will a plot to tarnish his image and the killer's information on a common enemy turn White into the type of man he's hunted throughout his law enforcement career?

Grim is a gory tale that was rather hard to put down. Heath Grim is a war veteran who wears a mask to hide his disfigurement. His best friend has been dead for about two years and he still has conversations with him in his head all the time. A murder investigation in Abbadon leads the towns only hope, Adam White to Heath Grim. Adam's wife also fell victim to these crimes so he is determined to put an end to this. These murders are similar to previous crimes. Heath is determined to deliver justice. Cryus Black is the ganglord of Prairieville and plans on expanding his business, which means he needs to take care of Heath since he owns property the gang leader needs. This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading. I kept wondering how the next crime was going to go down, as no two murders are the same. This book is very descriptive and maybe not for those with a weak stomach. I highly recommend this to fans of the genre and give it 5 hearts!

Author Bio:


Joseph Spencer is the author of the Sons of Darkness series launched by his debut novel, Grim, on September 1, 2012. Work on his second book of the series, Wrage, is already underway and is expected to be released some time in 2013.


The Sons of Darkness is a series of paranormal crime thrillers following investigations into mysterious deaths in the central Illinois city of Prairieville. Home of the notorious serial killer, The Reaper, Prairieville has had a history of violence centered on an ongoing feud between the Marino and Black organized crime families. When bodies start showing up again at the abandoned Marino State Hospital, many fear the Reaper has returned. The people of Prairieville are about to find out their problems stem from a supernatural source which has lurked in secret for decades.


As a boy, Joseph Spencer immersed himself in the deductive logic of Sherlock Holmes, the heroic crime fighting of Batman and Spider-Man, and a taste for the tragic with dramas from poets like Shakespeare and Homer.

Before Joseph took to spinning his own tales, he pursued a career in print sports journalism, graduating with honors from Clinton (IL) High School in 1996 and summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2000. He covered such events as NASCAR’s Subway 500 race in Martinsville, the NBA Draft Camp in Chicago, the Junior College World Series, and Minor League Baseball’s Midwest League All-Star Game during a ten-year career throughout the Midwest. Now, he works as an emergency telecommunications specialist with an Illinois police department. The combination of years of writing experience with a background working with law enforcement professionals gave rise to his writing aspirations.

Joseph was married Dr. Amy (Waggoner) Spencer, an accomplished veterinary doctor, on March 14, 2012. He received word his debut novel was accepted by his publisher, Damnation Books, the next day. Joseph and Amy look forward to their honeymoon in Paris in September 2012. Murphy, a 15-year-old orange tabby, is perhaps the most vocal member of the family. The Spencer family enjoys reading Charlaine Harris, George R.R. Martin, Mary Janice Davidson, and most paranormal stories. The Spencers also enjoy quoting movie lines from The Princess Bride, Rain Man, Bridesmaids, and Office Space.

Twitter: josephspencer00


  1. Thanks so much for the kind words. My publisher would like for me to tell readers of your blog that they are offering 28 percent of all ebooks with code 289snake. The sequel to Grim, titled Wrage, will be out June 1st. Email me at for a free bookmark.

  2. Read your review of Grim. Well done, both the author and the reviewer. I'm also published through Damnation Books. What can I do to get my book reviewed?