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Acts of Vengeance: A Mystery Hardcover – February 10, 2003

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From Publishers Weekly

In Arthur Ellis-finalist Frank Smith's (Fatal Flaw) gripping Acts of Vengeance, DCI Neil Paget barely survives an assailant who tries to cut his throat. DS John Tregalles and the rest of the Broadminster precinct crew have their work cut out for them searching Paget's past, both professional and personal, for clues to the attacker's motive.
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From Booklist

In the opening scene of the latest Detective Paget novel, the unthinkable happens--Detective Chief Inspector Paget's throat is slashed in the parking lot immediately behind the police station. Two investigations ensue. The first, as Paget hangs on to life in the hospital, is conducted by members of the Broadminster, Shropshire, police force, centering on the mentally unstable ex-husband of a woman constable. The second investigation starts with Paget's own tortured flashbacks to the accidental death of his wife and his growing sense that her death in an explosion and his own attack are somehow related. More throat slashings follow and the now-recovered Paget seeks the thread that holds all the murders together. What makes this far more than a traditional stalker mystery is the way Smith weaves Paget's tortured memories and his fear of being thought insane into the investigation, making the inspector's battle with his own psyche a source of suspense. Cunningly plotted. Connie Fletcher
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (February 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031230739X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312307394
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,532,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In Broadminster, the night is nasty and stormy as it has been in much of November. Newly assigned for training purposes as much as filling a vacancy, Constable Kathleen Regan asks her superior Detective Chief Inspector Neil Paget to help her traverse the muddy parking lot to her car. After seeing her off, Neil turns to his own vehicle only to have an unknown assailant slice his throat. The fortunate arrival of other police officers forces the culprit to flee before the job is completed and enables the rushing of Neil to the hospital where his life is saved.
Everyone is shocked by the assault in the lot adjacent to the police station. Superintendent Alcott leads the investigation that includes Detective Sergeant John Tregalles as the key on the ground participant. Unable to stay home to recuperate, Neil accompanies his loyal sergeant on interviews and vaguely recalls his attacker mumbling "That's for Jill", the name of Neil's dead wife.
The key to this latest pleasurable Paget police procedural is Neil's struggle to cope with his near death, his inability to let John take charge and his helplessness when his new love is endangered. The story line is exciting as John and Neil make inquiries seeking a link when other individuals have their throats slashed. Frank Smith makes this case personal as the audience gets deep inside the mind of the hero.
Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith Nichols on May 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This well-written novel features a likeable and very real hero in Neil Paget, plus some of the usual go-by-the-book English police detectives who prove to be not all that bound by the rules when the situation dictates otherwise. Paget rises from his sickbed to track down his attackers and finds that they still have him in their sights and that a large part of his job involves protecting his friends and himself from becoming their victims. The yarn keeps the reader engrossed to the end, as the plot is not resolved until the last several pages.
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DCI Neil Paget is attacked in the darkened muddy parking lot of his police station one stormy night. As sheets of rain fall, he is hit hard on the head and then his throat is slashed. He is saved from certain death on the spot by the arrival of two constables, but the attacker gets away. Or were there two culprits?

The police are more than usually short-handed, and Paget's Sgt. Tregalles shoulders much of the investigation as Paget lies in a hospital bed in critical condition. Two female cops are quite concerned for Paget's welfare. The circumstances surrounding one of them are so suspicious that she is suspended from duty pending the outcome of the case. She says she's being stalked by her estranged husband, but her actions on the night of the attack raise questions.

Paget begins to recover and goes home to recuperate as the investigation struggles ahead, apparently going nowhere.

A staple of "woman in jeopardy" plots is the inevitable scene when the plucky protagonist heads - stubbornly or impulsively or both - into a situation which has "Danger" written all over it.

The equivalent in the usually male-centered police procedural genre is the sick or injured protagonist who keeps vital information to himself, lies to all the cops above and below him in the chain of command, and runs around doing his own investigation in complete disregard of the rules of his job, his doctor's orders and common sense. That's what Paget does here.

However, the ends justify the means. The case is solved. We are led to believe the solution came because of Paget's antics and not in spite of them.

Subplots, including Paget's personal life (will he get lucky at last?), provide interest and some suspense as the main mystery unfolds.
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I don't understand why these aren't gaining more readers & great reviews. Anyone who enjoys British police mysteries should have Frank Smith on automatic buy status. The intriguing plots, fascinating cast of characters , great writing--- everything about theses stories is 5 stars, so I'm really befuddled as to why FS isn't more well known. Reader: do yourselves a favor & indulge in a Neil Paget mystery.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dandysmom on May 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Just found this author; he's geat; I am on waiting list at the library for his others/ Read it!!
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