Detectives Mike Stoneman and his partner Jason Dickson just could not quit investigating a presumed suicide that Medical Examiner Michelle McNeill thinks is suspicious. That’s just the tip of the iceberg of all the action in Deadly Enterprise. Following Chapman’s first book, Righteous Assassin, in the timeline and characters, the author did not lose one bit of momentum. Action-packed, with exceptionally interesting and well-thought-out characters make this second in the Mike Stoneman Thriller series another edge-of-your-seat read. I loved every page and I loved the very last pages which only prove that sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. I’m certainly going to be watching for the third in this series. Chapman is on a roll and I don’t expect him to stop any time soon.
— Theta Station (Musings of LizaRose Alderson) https://lizarose.ca/2021/05/book-review-deadly-enterprise/ May 31, 2021
This is the second book by Kevin Chapman in the Mike Stoneman series, but the first that I have read. The main character is, as you would expect, a tough but fair cop, but is well written and there are enough quirks thrown in to keep the reader from getting bored. Having lost his old partner to a gunshot wound (presumably in the first book), Mike ends up with a new guy and he has to break him in the only way he knows how. In the background, Mike is helping his partner come to terms with an injury that could keep him out of commission for some time, and yet another friend who was left in worse condition, losing his job. Relationships take time to form, and to trust someone new with your life is difficult. Without being absolutely sure of his new partner, Mike must decide if he can get to the truth of just why these women are dying, while helping a woman with the loss of her sister.
Despite the heavy storyline, there are snippets of humor that prevents the story from getting bogged down in emotion. The station is under the control of the exterminators and the vermin’s presence means that donuts are off the cards for this precinct. Not only the donuts are missing. This novel has a theme of loss running through it. The loss of health, the loss of status, the loss of a sister and the loss of the comfort of a solid partnership. The losses are each competently handles until they are resolved either one way or another. This book is early in the series so the character backstory has not yet become an info dump (as sometimes is the case), and you do not need to have read the first book; this book will stand alone quite informatively. This is a solid novel, and deserves to have a wide audience, the characters are well drawn, and the storyline is well woven. A 5 out of 5 for this one.
Bruce Perrin — Dec. 2, 2019 — Deadly Enterprise is a taut, fast-paced crime thriller with plenty to think about after the last page is turned.
The second Mike Stoneman thriller is even better than the first. . . . [T]he author skillfully weaves Mike’s recovery from his injury, his relationship with Michelle, and the story of both investigations (dead girl and murdered bodega owner) into a book that’s hard to put down. I suppose the best word for it is “balance.” The author balances the personal lives of the characters with the action—and there’s plenty of that. As a result, the story becomes “real” for the reader. I highly recommend Deadly Enterprise to anyone who enjoys a good cop thriller, and I’m looking forward to the next Mike Stoneman book.
KY Bookworm, Dec. 3, 2019
This was a fast paced story that you will not be able to put down until you have finished reading it. . . . . Everything a good mystery should have: murder, intrigue, stakeouts, shoot-outs and enough suspense to keep you guessing and turning the pages…I am very much looking forward to LETHAL VOYAGE.
Gabi Rosetti — Sept. 15, 2020 — “The death of a twenty-year-old woman should never be routine” …
There’s two types of mysteries, the cozy neighborhood “who done it” and the hard boiled, gritty, boots-to-the-street kind. I love the latter, which “Deadly Enterprise” DEFINITELY is. . . . When I’m reading a mystery, there’s certain things I expect. I want clever characters, broken lives and dark mysteries. Deadly Enterprise has all of this, and more. Pick it up and see how many pages flip before you force yourself to take a break. I did, and cut though the book in a few days. Totally worth it.
This book offers a thrilling, tightly paced crime novel with finely drawn characters and a twisting plot. The moral dilemma of how to resolve the crimes without crossing ethical boundaries adds tension to the story. The action moves, there’s good pacing, and a well-drawn plot in this police procedural. Peripheral characters like Dolores and Jason make amusing side threads to the main story. All characters are vividly drawn and colorful, as is the exotic world of drugs, corruption, murder and politics. The romance adds a grace note where the reader takes a breath. Well done and worth the read.
Mike Stoneman thought his biggest challenge would be physical rehab, until a body is washed up out of the river. At first it’s assumed to be yet another overdose, but it doesn’t take long for the medical examiner (and Mike’s girlfriend) to notice discrepancies that could be easily be dismissed. When another case breaks with common connections, it doesn’t take long for Mike to be brought back on duty to put things back on track. But that’s not as easy as it seems, as the two cases are more closely connected both to one another and the police involved than they realize.
This is an excellent novel that tells the story from all perspectives in a great way to give you the full story. My only regret? That I couldn’t read it faster! If you like police procedural and suspense novels with a twist, then this one’s for you.
This is a stellar follow up to the first Mike Stoneman book, Righteous Assassin. The pacing is perfect and the character interactions are authentic and entertaining. Stoneman is an engaging character. I particularly enjoyed his relationship with Michelle; it adds another layer to the story. With a tight plotline and plenty of action, this is indeed an excellent crime thriller. Can’t wait to read more of Stoneman’s cases. Highly recommend!
Kevin Chapman has out done himself with this second book in the Mike Stoneman series. It is an edge of your seat thriller, with plenty of twist and turns. When the sister of the dead girl throws herself into the midst of danger, the suspense elevated to near heart stopping moments. Kevin Chapman kept the action flowing, with characters you are truly invested in, and a story so realistic it didn’t seem like you were reading a book. Deadly Enterprise is the second and in my opinion the best in the Mike Stoneman series. I am looking forward to book three
Elizrbth Speaks – March 8, 2020 — newbie author 2 me …
i have not read book #1 … but i won this read through a Goodreads giveaway …. look at that cover. awesome!! that is a double taker cover for sure!! thriller series. totally new to this author, love his writing style, great characters. had me curious …not my go to genre …but i enjoy it and i will continue to check it every once in a while … i wanna check out book #1 soon. check it out!!
Mike Stoneman is back, weaker at first from his battle with the “Righteous Assassin” but not for long, in “Deadly Enterprise, the second pulsating thriller from Kevin Chapman. With action based on an actual event, Chapman has his finger on the heart of New York City and brings the reader to the edge of his/her seat. I couldn’t hit the “next page” button on my Kindle fast enough as I wanted to see what happened next. My only question is: who will play Stoneman in the movie? (Based on an Advance Reader Copy.)
Excellent story that draws you in from the first page. You can get a good feel of being enveloped in a policeman’s life. Usually authors who narrate their own work aren’t very good, but I thought Chapman did a good job. Good enough to keep me turning the pages and be drawn into the story. Solid police procedural.
Donna S – March 15, 2020 — Read this wonderful book!
Another exciting page-turner from brilliant author Kevin Chapman! Very few things inspire me to ignore my Netflix shows , but Deadly Enterprise grabbed and held my attention. The character development progression in the series is intricate and complex. The plots and sub-plots are creative and intriguing. I urge you all to read this book, and to continue to follow the Mike Stoneman saga!
Another page-turner from Kevin Chapman. As the plot unfolds, the reader is taken along for the ride with enticing storytelling and breathtaking twists and turns. You’ll enjoy getting to know the city while also staying alert for the heart-pounding action to ensue. Kevin’s done it again. I can’t wait to see what NYC’s finest has in store next.