Monument Road (Franky Dast Mystery, #1) by Michael Wiley

Monument Road (Franky Dast Mystery, #1)

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 testimony helped convict him, is facing his own murder charge, Franky is torn....

Details Monument Road (Franky Dast Mystery, #1)

TitleMonument Road (Franky Dast Mystery, #1)
Release DateDec 1st, 2017
PublisherSevern House Publishers
GenreMystery, Thriller, Crime, Murder Mystery, Detective

Reviews Monument Road (Franky Dast Mystery, #1)

  • Paromjit
    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 horrific miscarriage of justice, Franky is convicted of their killing, serving 8 years on Death Row when thanks largely to his own efforts and the Justice Now Initiati...
  • Karl
    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 Wiley (Severn House)This first world hardcover edition was printed in Cornwall, Great Britain.Michael grew up in Chicago and has lived and worked in the neighborhoods and on th...
  • Liz
    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 after serving 8 years on a murder and rape charge. Thanks to the Justice Now Initiative, DNA has proved him innocent. But PTSD still keeps him a prisoner of sorts. ...
  • Lee
    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 own murder charge, Franky is torn. Should he help the man he hates more than any other, the man who remains convinced of Franky's guilt to this day?I really enjoye...
  • William
    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.
  • Janebbooks
    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 thoroughfare in the Arlington section of Jacksonville. Arlington is a bedroom community across the St. John's River from downtown Jacksonville, specifically right acr...
  • Tim
    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 even with evidence of his innocence. Frankie also faces others in the community who still view him as a convict, making his reintroduction to society difficult along wi...
  • Elaine Tomasso
    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 who freed him. It's not much of a job and he's not much of an investigator as he's constantly worrying at his own case, trying to work out what really happened and why he...
  • H.W. Bernard
    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 on out.I loved MONUMENT ROAD for a couple of reasons. First, the story is unique. A young man, Franky Dast, is exonerated of a double murder he didn’t commit and ...
  • Annette
    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.Despite coming from a poor family, Franky is bright and has spent his years in prison and Death Row trying to clear himself and prove his innocence. Once out he works f...
  • Angie Parish
    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 more. It had me hooked from page 1. While it can be read as a stand alone, it is part of a series. I do wish I was aware of this before I started, for my own satisfaction...
  • Kath
    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 the forefront of his mind as he starts his new job as an investigator for Justice Now Initiative, an outfit that helps people such as himself who have been failed by ...
  • Grace Koshida
    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 Higby, the detective whose testimony helped convict him, is facing his own murder charge for killing a judge's son, he is gleeful but torn. But Franky soon realizes tha...
  • Breakaway Reviewers
    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 chance to prove his innocence by working as an investigator with the Justice Initiative, an organisation that seeks to help those that have been wrongly convict-ed.A tw...
  • Margaret Duke-Wyer
    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 whose evidence helped to convict him - but was his evidence sound? Franky finds himself in a seedy motel and is confused and adrift. He is employed by Justice Now In...
  • Kathy
    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 brothers Duane and Steven Bronson late one night, Franky Dast is eventually arrested, convicted and sent to death row for their horrific murders.  Eight years later, after his...
  • Alexandra Christle
    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 believable as a man wrongfully accused of a crime and incarcerated for 8 years. I would be angry, too, and I would want answers. There were times I had to put the b...
  • Dlora
    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 "Noir fiction is a literary genre closely related to hardboiled genre, with a distinction that the protagonist is not a detective, but instead either a victim, a susp...
  • Veronica Hart
    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, throughout the book, I wanted to smack Franky up the side of his head and shout, "Don't do it." But he did, and in the end is successful. I give this five stars becau...
  • Amber
    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. The action just took far too long to get to, and then when it came, it was basically just him breaking the law over and over and over again. So much for being innocen...
  • Kathleen Gray
    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 expected but he's determined to untangle the murders that link him to Higby. There's conspiracy, there's darkness, there's lots going on here. Some of this is a bit of ...
  • Amanda Williams
    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 caught for a crime Frank knows he didn’t commit, Frank helps him, but he also has to clear his name.This book I wanted life to stop so I could just read it, it was f...
  • Jeffrey Lee
    Very dark story, don't look for any comic releif or a happy ending
  • J.C. Ferguson
    I gave this one up after about 50 pages.
  • Julie
    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.