Scent of a Killer

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)


On a warm evening in a tranquil San Francisco, Katherine sits patiently on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. In a house on the same hill, a husband is kissing his wife goodnight for the last time. For reasons known only to Katherine, this loving husband is the focus of Katherine’s current project, and all of her projects end in the same way – death.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Sebastian Giustina and his partner Basilio Machin are two of the best homicide detectives the NYPD has. Some give credit where credit is due, but others say that Sebastian has an unfair advantage that has gotten him to where he is today. Sebastian has an extremely heightened sense of smell known as hyperosmia; together with an unheard of photographic scent memory, Sebastian can detect evidence at crime scenes that would otherwise go unnoticed.

When Katherine targets a project in the great city of New York, she unwittingly leaves her victim to be found by the one detective in the world who may be able to put together the evidence and bring her serial killing to an end.

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This novel is a murder mystery that takes place in the city of New York in the United States. As such, I feel I need to write a disclaimer to any New York citizens and/or police officers from the Big Apple.

I have been in law enforcement for over fourteen years but in a different state than where my story takes place. I have been a detective, a patrol officer, a school resource officer; I have been in special operations as well as being on the SWAT team for over eight years (at the time of this writing).

I know that detectives from NY do not have the same unit structure as they do from my department, as well as being different than what my book portrays. This story isn’t meant to be a realistic view into the inner workings of the NYPD; rather, it is a detective story that incorporates basic law enforcement know-how and procedure in a way that will make the story enjoyable to the reader.

I have done my best to make sure that the legal issues and law enforcement scenes are realistic and follow the basic tenets of our constitution and police work and tactics.

So for those of you from the Capital of the World, thank you for lending me your city as a spectacular backdrop to my novel. My characters love being one of your citizens and a part of your community.

Your strength and perseverance through the extreme trials and tribulations your state has endured is what lures so many of us to write about your home. I hope you enjoy my rendition of your city.

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7 reviews for Scent of a Killer

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Greg Trickey

    Another solid read from Jay Korza.

    The premise is novel and I’ll be interested to see what he does in the future with the protagonist.

    The author mentions in the forward that despite his law-enforcement experience, he’s not versed in the world of NYPD. As an officer myself, I don’t know anything about NYPD procedures either, but I certainly didn’t see anything show-stopping about the generic police work. I had a few niggles when the Feds showed up but they were minor.

    The editing was very good. I’m pretty sure I noticed a few minor issues, but I can’t really remember anything specific so we can put editing in the win column.

    As far as the story goes…I liked it. We’ve got a little-known but real medical condition, a woman serial killer, good use of current technology, and interesting characters.

    So, competent technical writing skills, good editing, and a great story. Check, check, and check.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Jay Korza has found the perfect vehicle to combine his stunning careers in the military, medical & law enforcement fields, with his unique ability to tell a Great Story!
    “Scent of a killer” has everything you could possibly want in a murder mystery crime novel, & so cleverly written, (by an author with so much life experience in this field) it will leave you wondering if it’s not actually more FACT then FICTION?

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    John Oehler

    Scent of a Killer is a well-crafted police procedural with a twist. One of the two NYPD detectives we follow has a hyper-acute sense of smell and near-total recall for every scent he has ever noticed. This “gift” is not crucial to his crime-solving abilities, but it sometimes steers the partners in the right direction. In this story it backfires, sort of, but ultimately comes to his aid.

    The story begins as two stories, one following the detectives as they come upon a murder in which the criminal left behind no forensically useful evidence, the other following the perpetrator as she plans and executes yet more baffling murders. These two stories come together, of course, but not until the last chapter do they combine completely.

    I have never read a cop story that kept me turning pages like this one. In part, this is a tribute to the author’s ability to transfer his own experiences as a policeman to the printed page. In part, it’s his ability to get inside the mind of a serial killer. And in part, it’s due to his skill as a writer.

    While there are some places that would have benefited from more careful line editing, they never stopped me from reading on.

    It’s one thing to write a good murder mystery, quite another to keep the reader guessing until the very end. I had about a hundred pages left to read when I thought I knew how it was going to end. Then I changed my mind, and as I kept reading I changed my mind again. And when the end finally did come, I hadn’t guessed it at all. To me, that reflects real talent on the author’s part.

    I definitely look forward to reading more stories in this series.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    I just finished Jays new book which I really really loved could not put it down loved characters , story ,twists, and humor it had it all. I hope he writes more with these characters SUPER READ!!!!!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lisa S.

    This book kept my attention from beginning to the end.
    Hated to finish this one but could not put it down.
    Hope he writes another mystery book.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    C. Hall “Christie”

    Great read. Am looking forward to more by this author. The characters had depth,personality and kept you on your seats with their personalities. Enough twists and turns to keep you guessing and enough red herrings to have you guess wrong.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cherine tucker

    Brilliant. Loved this book, well written and kept you thinking all the way through. Kind of had an inkling about half way into the story but the twists kept me second guessing, especially near the end. Looking forward to reading more on Sebastian and Bass.

    • TheGuyWriting

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m only three chapters into the next adventure for Bastian and Bass, but I’m working on it!

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