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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 238 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475926693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475926699
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,849,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Kirkus Reviews:
Exceedingly well-established characters ...  a sense of realism to the story ...  The unvarnished depictions help readers see everything at face value so that the more provocative sequences--S&M scenes, even a severed head--become merely part of the story instead of detours for shock value. Beaucoup drama in a dead-on noir. 


From Clarion Reviews:
... an intriguing story with enough narrative tension to keep the reader turning the pages. The villain's identity is apparent early on, but Simon keeps adding more characters and crimes to the mix, resulting in plenty of action.


From Fish and Game Finder Magazine:
Loved it. Couldn't hardly put it down. Great reading.


Blueink Reviews:

Green and partnerless, detective Jessie Sands is alone on a stakeout when she witnesses a monstrous triple murder. She hadn't called for backup and although she's hiding only a few feet away, the killer escapes while she pukes.

Jessie loses her gun, and it turns up in a high-profile slaying, plunging her into a deep, dark chasm of greed, human trafficking, and moral conflict darker than she could have ever imagined.

Suspenseful and solidly written--does Jesse succeed in redeeming herself at the end? The answer to that question might be the most complex element of A Lost Gun. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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In a matter of seconds, Leotis Wilson murdered his entire family and sped away in his pickup. His only witness is homicide detective Jessie Sands, who arrives on the scene just before he commits the crime. As Jessie tails Leotis to a bridge, she watches him toss his shotgun into the river and then points her .38 at him. But Leotis refuses to give up easily. In the ensuing struggle, Jessie shoots him, unintentionally drops her gun, and watches helplessly as it falls into the water below.

When Internal Affairs is called to investigate the officer-involved shooting, Jessie knows she may be in trouble, even though she acted in self-defense. She has no idea how bad that trouble will be--soon her lost weapon is used to kill a prominent attorney.

Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Detective Bud Prior is investigating a complex case involving greed, murder, and temptation. As Jessie works to solve her own high- profile murder investigation, she is inexorably drawn into the evil web Bud has just uncovered involving a bad cop. As the two detectives partner together to bring their nemesis to justice, neither is prepared for what is about to happen next.

In this riveting murder mystery, two detectives must sacrifice everything in order to take down a crime ring fueled by a cold-hearted, determined villain.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
If you like police procedural novels, especially with a crooked cop, you're going to enjoy A Lost Gun by Wix Simon. A dirty cop is an easy villain to hate, isn't he? If you're really a reader for content as I am, you will realize that this cop is nasty...just nasty!

Jessie Sands is the only woman and the newest member of the Homicide Unit. She'd been there for 15 months, yet had not been assigned a partner. That's the way the book begins--and immediately I was irritated! Sounds like either this woman was extremely good coming out of training, or she was being tested or purposely being set up... Interestingly this is not addressed in the book, although the impact of this beginning was what hooked me...

Especially with what happened!

After witnessing a man murdered his wife and two babies, she had gone after him, worrying more about how she'd have to handle the interaction with her boss and others, rather than calling in for backup...

Now you know, I've got to blame her boss for her being in that situation...

In any event, she followed the man to a bridge and witnessed his dropping his shotgun into the river. She immediately got out and ran toward him, gun ready to be fired.

Wilson turned and saw her, and in rage ran toward her screaming. She had no choice but to fire...but he kept on coming. He was 5 feet away when she fired her last two bullets, shooting at his face.

With the blowback, her face was immediately covered with bits of his brains and her eyes closed, while she reflexively raised her hands to clear her stinging eyes, dropping her gun into the river as well.

Fortunately, she no longer had to worry about Wilson...

That was, really, just the beginning, however...
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Format: Paperback
Sparks fly when detectives Jessie Sands and Internal Affairs detective Bud Prior are thrown together when the gun she lost during a shootout with a suspect is suddenly the primary weapon in a murder case. Only sergeant first on the scene knew where the gun landed in the river. Did somebody find the gun before the divers and set her up for murder? Human trafficking, gang activities and extortion sidetracked the investigation. Will they figure things out before another witness or they are killed?

Characters kept calling each other by name during conversation. It is one way to keep track of who is speaking.
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By kindle reader Pat on September 19, 2013
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Very well written. Kept you riveted. Would recommend it for any lover of mysteries of the police variety. I recommended it to my wife to read.
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By Honey on June 10, 2013
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Although some of the story is predictable, it is a very good read. Keeps your interest and throws a few curve balls in where they are not expected.
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More About the Author

Wix Simon is the nom de plume used by Ted Wix Simon. He has two novels, "A Lost Gun" and "A Toxic Assault" currently available on Amazon.com. Wix aka Ted earns a living as a consulting scientist-he is the principal and owner of Ted Simon, LLC and provides consulting and scientific support in the area of toxicology. Wix has always had writing crime novels on his bucket list.

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