By Patrick Vitullo
In his debut novel, Patrick Vitullo, presents a psychological narrative that explores themes of obsession, racism, sexism, police brutality and vigilantism in the backdrop of a Philadelphia gentlemen’s club that is the intersection of two male characters and one female character. The intersection of the three people results in a Kafkaesque result that must be read to be believed. Hidden Danger is the story of an insurance claims’ manager’s dogged pursuit of a suspected corrupt law enforcement officer who advances a fraudulent workers’ compensation claim allegedly due to a “suicide by cop” confrontation with a woman dressed in black on a Saturday evening. From there, the story evolves into a psychological murder mystery of obsession, greed, and racial hatred. Its denouement can leave some cheering while others will be questioning the use of force in multiple settings by its characters.
Anticipated publication in November, 2023