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Michael A. Durney

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In crime fiction, some authors excel at crafting gripping narratives that keep readers on the edge of their seats. Michael A. Durney, a rising star in the genre, has delivered a literary gem with his latest book, “Crimes of A Secret Nature.” This thrilling tale of deception, suspense, and hidden agendas delves into the darkest corners of the human psyche, exploring the secrets that lie dormant within us all.

Delve into the secrets and the crime – Crimes of A Secret Nature

Separating the Plot

“This Durney’s book” introduces readers to a complex and intriguing protagonist, FBI Special Agent Randall Hicks is intent on uncovering the truth of a three-year old cold case: a bank robbery, a missing suspect, a missing bank teller, presumed dead and a convicted bank robber serving a ten year sentence. He faces a dramatic turn when he becomes entangled in a web of deceit and clandestine activities. But Agent Hicks is not the protagonist. That title belongs to Eddie Jewell, seventeen and wrongfully convicted of the crime. What would you do if you were innocent and locked down in a federal penetentary behind block walls, a creaky cot, and a non-private place to do your business? Eddie Jewell is there with her cellmate, Marcie. For years, they talk, commiserate, plan future lives, talk to the walls, and avoid fights with the other convicts. Each day repeats. However, as Hicks digs deeper, he uncovers a series of interconnected crimes that lead him down a dangerous path that makes him question Eddie’s guilt. What Hicks needs is a crime he can solve. What Eddie needs is a chance to make things right, because she’s not completely innocent. A jury of her peers found her to be guilty, but the real guilt of stupidity, infactuations, and youthful naive decisions eats away at her. US Marshall, James Belk gives Eddie the chance she craves by placing her in the Witness Protection program.

Durney’s masterful storytelling gradually peels back the layers of the intricate plot, exposing the underbelly of a criminal underworld that thrives on secrecy. The author expertly weaves together various threads, skillfully dropping hints and clues that keep readers guessing until the final pages. So, each twist and turn adds to the mounting tension, making it impossible to put the book down.

Exploring the Characters

One of the strengths of “This Durney’s Book” lies in its well-developed and multidimensional characters. Durney breathes life into each individual, giving them distinct personalities, motivations, and flaws, but always seen from Eddie’s point of view as the book is written in first person. FBI Special Agent hicks emerges as a flawed hero, driven by an unyielding determination to uncover the truth. As the story progresses, readers witness his transformation as he confronts his preconceptions while chasing justice. US Marshal James Belk, connects all the characters masterfully, giving Eddie the chance for redemption that she seeks and gives Hicks the crime he so desparatel wants to solve.

Supporting characters also play pivotal roles, leaving a lasting impact on readers. The enigmatic cellmate, Marcie with her mysterious past and hidden agenda, adds an element of intrigue to the narrative. Father McKinley, who brings a balance of intuition and intellect to Eddie’s troubled heart. Lizzy Watts, the ninety-year old ex-police officer reminds us that age is a concept of the mind made strong by an unyielding will. And Lucky, the violent henchman who comes at Eddie with the might of an angry Grizzly standing between life and death. Eddie will have to face him like an unlucky gladiator.

Durney’s attention to detail in character development ensures that every interaction is meaningful, heightening the emotional stakes and investing readers in the story’s outcome.

Themes and Social Commentary

Beyond its thrilling plot and well-drawn characters, Crimes of A Secret Nature explores profound themes that resonate with contemporary society. Durney delves into the nature of secrecy and the devastating consequences that can result from hidden agendas. Though, he peels back the façade of ordinary lives, revealing the darkness lurking beneath seemingly ordinary individuals. Six Hundred female convicts pour out a convincing layer of regret and redemptive solitude behind cold bars of steel.

The author skillfully addresses the idea that secrets have the power to shape and control lives, often with far-reaching implications. Through the lens of crime, Durney raises questions about the lengths individuals will go to protect those secrets. Although, their secrets and the toll it takes on their conscience is usually not worth the trouble. He challenges readers to consider the moral implications of their actions and the personal cost of living a life steeped in deceit.

Furthermore, “Durney’s book” is a commentary on the justice system and the fragile line between right and wrong. As Agent Hicks navigates the treacherous path of the investigation, he faces ethical dilemmas and questions the true nature of justice. However, the book prompts readers to reflect on the gray areas of morality and the complexities of human behavior.


In Crimes of A Secret Nature, Michael A. Durney cements his status as a formidable voice in the crime fiction genre through a masterfully crafted plot, well-rounded characters, and insightful social commentary. However, he delivers a literary experience that captivates readers from beginning to end. As the pages turn, leaving readers to grapple with their complicity in the secrets surrounding us all. Durney’s ability to hold readers in suspense and force them to question their actions is a testament to his skill as a storyteller.

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