Friday, September 13, 2013

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for Cover of Darkness by Gregory Delaurentis

Join Gregory Delaurentis, author of gritty, noir saga, Cover of Darkness, as he tours the blogosphere July 29 through September 20, 2013 on a virtual book tour sponsored by Goddess Fish Promotions.  Gregory’s tour includes a $50 Amazon/BN Gift Card giveaway.  To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below and leave a comment or question for Gregory.  You can follow the rest of the tour here, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.  Good Luck!

Cover of Darkness
By Gregory Delaurentis
Darkness Series, Volume 1

Publisher:  Gregory Deloatch
Release Date: March 29, 2013
Genre: Noir/Crime Drama
Length: 200 Pages
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Book Description : 

A high profile murder of a Wall Street executive in Westchester pits three people against the criminal underbelly of Manhattan nightlife. The key players are two ex-cops turned private investigators—Kevin Whitehouse, whose sharpest tool is his keen analytical mind, and David Allerton, a former Special Forces operative—and Margaret Alexander, Kevin’s lover. In their search for a killer, they are forced to travel to the edge of sanity and morality, while stumbling onto their own confusing secrets as well. The Cover of Darkness is a gritty noir saga that untangles a web of deceit in the course of tracking down a brutal murderer.

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David stopped pacing, and then started working on a rock embedded in the dirt with the toe of his shoe. “I wonder why MacDonald didn’t say anything in the interview about the cops being present. He should have told us that there were cops in the Midnight for protection—making sure the dealers were selling and not using.”

“Maybe,” Kevin ventured, “he didn’t want to drop a dime on his cop friends. Maybe he was frightened.”

“Maybe. That would have helped us a lot,” David said, his eye caught by a shapely girl on a bike riding nearby.

 Margaret sat up. “That would also explain how the killer got past the gate and simply walked into the house. He could have been flashing a badge.”

“That makes some sense,” Kevin said. “And certainly cops can kill.”

“They make the best assassins, don’t they?” David quipped.

“So now this is a cop hunt?” Kevin asked.

“I would rather it end here, guys,” Margaret said.

David approached the two and stood over them. “The question is now how to hunt the most dangerous thing in New York. Crossing the thin blue line is not going to be fun or easy.”

“Fun?” Margaret said. “It’s downright dangerous.”

“We can’t go to Ferryman and Reynolds,” Kevin said, nervously running his fingers through his hair, and retrieving his arm from around Margaret as he sat up. “They’ll only go on the defensive. And if the case starts turning in that direction, they’ll only deflect it.”


Gregory Delaurentis spent his adult life roaming from job to job, working for Lockheed in California, various law firms in New York, and financial firms on Wall Street. Throughout this period of time, he was writing—unceasingly—finally producing a large body of work, albeit unrecognized and unpublished . . . until now. Cover of Darkness is the first in a series of upcoming books that include Edge of Darkness, Pale of Darkness and Cries of Darkness. These novels follow the lives of three individuals who do battle bringing criminals to justice, while they struggle to understand the complex relationships that exist among themselves. This intriguing trio has absorbed the attention of Mr. Delaurentis for the past year and a half, so much so he decided to self-publish their stories to bring them to a wider audience.

[AUTHOR’S DISCLAIMER: These are works of fiction. Name, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.]



My Review

A fan of film noir, I eagerly anticipated reading Gregory Delaurentis novel Cover of Darkness.  A gritty tale set in a crime ridden version of New York, I found myself eagerly turning the pages on a book that almost literally began with a bang.  Three interesting and interconnected main characters, plenty of action and lots of twists and turns, make Cover of Darkness a strong start for a crime series.

Former police detective Kevin Whitehouse runs a private detective agency and likes to sleep on his couch.  When his former boss, Captain Sam Jefferies, calls him and asks for his help in a high profile case, Kevin jumps at the chance to solve the crime before the police detectives assigned to the case. Dragging his roommate, David Allerton, a former cop and his best friend, into the case is the only sure way of discovering who killed the Wall Street and staying alive.  Arguing with his girlfriend Margaret Alexander provides Kevin with the “female” perspective he’ll need to solve the case. 

From the very beginning its clear Mr. Delaurentis has a good grasp on the tenets of an old style crime procedural – there’s plenty of action, plenty of rapidly paced dialogue and plenty of women involved in the case.  He also provides plenty of twists and turns in a case that begins as the murder of a business mover and shaker quickly spirals into a case involving drugs and prostitution. Introducing cartel members adds an even grittier edge as Kevin and David find themselves in dangerous situations where they must use both their brains and their brawn (Kevin is definitely the brains, while David is the guts and the brawn).

Will Kevin and David solve the crime and discover who was really behind the businessman’s murder?  Will Kevin and Margaret’s relationship survive the hazards of Kevin working another case?  You’ll have to read Cover of Darkness to find out.  I enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next book in the series – there are plenty of questions about Kevin, David and Margaret that I need answers for.  

My Rating:  4 out of 5 Stars 

FTC Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a blog tour in exchange for a fair and honest review.  I did not receive any additional compensation for my opinion of the reading material provided.

Gregory’s tour includes a $50 Amazon/BN Gift Card giveaway.  To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below and don't forget leave a comment or question for Gregory.  You can follow the rest of the tour here, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.  Good Luck!

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  2. I would like to thank the host of Queen of the Night Reviews for featuring my book on her blog today and to also thank everyone for taking the time to drop by and leave a comment. Have a great day.

  3. Great review, sounds like a good book.


  4. Thanks for sharing!! I'd prefer Amazon.

  5. Thanks for sharing your 4 star review and the giveaway. Sounds like a really good book. evamillien at gmail dot com

  6. Sounds great, Maria!! Thanks for telling me about it!

  7. Cover of Darkness sounds like an intriguing book. Thanks for sharing the excerpt and review. I would love to win the Amazon gift card.

  8. Thanks so much for the review!


  9. Thanks for review and amazon G/C. Deb P

  10. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I would love to read this book. It sounds so good. I would love to win an Amazon card.

  11. Amazon :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway and congrats on the release!