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American Crow (The Missing Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jack Lacey
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Book Description

American Crow is a quest novel, a hardboiled mystery that follows the exploits of maverick London tracer, Sibelius Blake, as he heads to the U.S to find a missing British teenager, a wayward young girl who may just have wandered into some serious trouble.

An international crime & mystery best-seller and e-thriller book of the month, the novel pays homage to the archetypal characters encountered in old-fashioned story-telling, and similarly is written with a pinch of caricature, a sprinkling of irony and black humour, whilst highlighting the importance of social and environmental concerns within the fast-paced narrative.

Driven by his own loss in the story, the anti-hero Blake, soon finds himself on a road-trip of redemption as he carries out his desperate search for the girl, while discovering some deeply disturbing secrets along the way that were probably best left uncovered in the dark, and sometimes brutal Appalachian wilds...

Fans of Lee Child, Elmore Leonard & James Patterson may enjoy this read.

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  • File Size: 777 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: jacklaceybooks (January 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F4F1N48
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,565 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Move over Rebus, here comes Blake... October 10, 2013
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Detective fiction is a little like drinking wine: there is a lot around and everyone has their favorite. When something new comes on the market, the drinker or the reader, looks longingly to their favorite brand or book and says, "I hope the new one is like the old one..." It's not an exact science of course: there is a chemistry to it. The reader can like a new detective story, and then the reader can love a new detective story.

I am a fan of detective stories. I began with Agatha Christie back when I was eleven. I read Sherlock Holmes and moved onto the feminist detectives in the early eighties. It's a little hard to define what I like: sometimes I think that reading anything is really a love story and so is undefinable, but....

I picked up American Crow by Jack Lacey and was hooked. I love American Crow. The character of Sibelius Blake is strongly written and interesting. Blake's back story comes out through the novel. The plot ending ties beautifully with the beginning: it is very well structured.

When we first meet Blake, he has just quit his job as a tracer after having suffered a tragedy. He is alone. Sibelius Blake comes from a long line of detectives who have issues: Dalziel of Dalziel and Pascoe, and Inspector Morse from Colin Dexter, are recent versions. We like these wounded detectives for their peculiarities (their cryptic crosswords, their drinking, and their morose moods) because they fight for the truth. They are right, despite the odds, and they are good at heart. Blake is cast in this mold: despite telling "everyone he'd quit for good", Lenny, his boss, can still track him down and know that Blake will find Olivia Deacon, or if he can't, do his darnedest.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars American Crow, high-octane plot December 19, 2013
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To paraphrase the late great Elmore Leonard: a novelist should cut out the parts that readers skip over. This is excellent advice, advice which Jack Lacey, author of American Crow, seems to have taken to heart. The pacing of this novel is frenetic, the scenes chock full of action.

American Crow begins with our hero Sibelius Blake vacationing on a beach in France with his seventeen year old daughter. A freak accident occurs, and the daughter dies, rendering Blake unfit to continue his line of work: finding people who no other bounty hunter or private investigator can (or will) find. But after a brief fallow period, Blake, a tattooed, rough-around-the-edges Londoner, takes a case in America. His mission: locate an eighteen year old girl named Olivia. Sounds easy enough, but there are, of course, a multitude of complications. For starters, Blake is wanted by the authorities in the U.S., so he has to sneak into the border via Canada to get to Minnesota, where Olivia was last seen. Once Blake makes it to Minnesota, he follows up some leads and soon discovers that Olivia has joined a local activist group. This group has gone down to the Cumberland Mountains in Kentucky to protest a very large and very powerful mining company, the head of which is a dangerous man named Corrigan. That, as they say, is when the fun starts. No spoilers, but Blake runs into trouble at practically every turn, and his troubles keep the reader entertained (and suspended) until the last page.

I did have one or two criticisms of the book, however. One, the author repeatedly uses. . . (dot, dot, dot) This becomes noticeable almost after the first chapter, and every time it takes the reader out of the story a little. Two, the dialogue of the Southern characters does not, in many places, ring true.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing tale that covers both sides of the pond! October 17, 2013
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I really identified with the street wise main character! The story-line held my attention and forced me to turn pages long after my regular bed-time! It was thoroughly enjoyable and I recommend it to everyone!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime and Adventure September 29, 2013
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Jack Lacey's missing persons investigator, Blake heads to America on a mission to find a missing girl and some personal redemption after witnessing the death of his own teenage daughter. Blake is simultaneously versatile, adaptable, tough and sensitive and even the reader can end up with a crush on him. He's a real hero. American Crow is a solid and satisfying crime/action novel, with a fast-paced plot and engaging characters and had me hooked all the way through.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately, deserves to be "Missing." June 4, 2014
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Sorry, but this is a disappointment. The plot is predictable, in that our hero is a tough guy who all women love, so he finds trouble, kicks butt, either seduces or evades wanton women, and emerges flawed but heroic. Dialog is formulaic. Characters are stereotypes. Writing is generally stilted. I tried, but only got about a third of the way through.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read May 8, 2014
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Different take from an English perspective, I found that both interesting and enlighting. Good read about a flawed character trying to operate in a foreign land.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read--Worth a Look September 24, 2013
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Sibelius Blake is a tracer of missing persons and his home is the British Isles, but in this story he's poking about in America's Appalachia where coal has been King but is now coming under greater fire since the operators began to obliterate the crowns off God's mountainous creations. He's searching for a young girl, also from the other side of the pond, and he tells his own story. As a man in his 30s, this is not his first assignment, and accordingly he shows that he is resolute, inventive, fast on his feet and quick with the mind. But he also displays that universal quality of occasional thoughtlessness that brings the proverbial slap of the hand to the forehead. In this case, early on, he forgets his wallet and a warm jacket in a vehicle he'll never see again and is left in some cold temperatures with only chump change in his pocket. He likes his women too, as might be expected of someone in his 30s, but he mostly succeeds in controlling the hormones to the benefit of his case. The read is quick, the characters interesting and varied, the action always there, and the story a good one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
It needed a better editor as it had some typos, but I did enjoy this book. It had some freaky characters but it kept me reading. Man saves girl from disaster!
Published 2 days ago by cb
3.0 out of 5 stars English author in an American setting. The plot was ...
English author in an American setting.
The plot was clear and engaging. Some of the parts did not add up. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customeraspiring writer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
waiting to read the others
Published 13 days ago by Julia Pace
3.0 out of 5 stars A little on the hard to believe side
Fast flowing and keeps you wanting to see what is going to happen next.the main character tended to be both brutal and compassionate.
Published 15 days ago by pinky
4.0 out of 5 stars well written and kept me on the edge of my ...
well written and kept me on the edge of my seat on plane ride back from vacation, so engrossed that I missed being afraid of landing!
Published 15 days ago by rose
1.0 out of 5 stars So sad, bad writing style
So sad, bad writing style, bad coal science, bad injury medical treatment, started nowhere and went nowhere. Please do a little research before sitting down to type.
Published 16 days ago by Jack Irvine
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable and entertaining read.
I picked up the book after hearing very good things and it did not disappoint. The vulnerability shown by Blake that turns in to revenge and finishing the job he started take the... Read more
Published 19 days ago by GregsWords
3.0 out of 5 stars It was an interesting book. Lots of action, ...
It was an interesting book. Lots of action, and at times a little slow. I don't know that I would read it again.
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Blech
Improbable plot (I'm willing to suspend disbelief up to a point but the line was crossed way too many times), dreadful dialog (the author hasn't a clue about the vernacular of the... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Carey K
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a really good read. Grabs you from the start and doesn't let go. I'll have to find some of his other books.
Published 2 months ago by desertstamper
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More About the Author

Jack Lacey was born in Southampton in 1971. He studied radio & journalism in the 90's & was a freelance journalist for many years, covering alternative health issues as well as the environment for mainstream newspapers and magazines.

His new thriller 'American Crow', the first of the new 'Missing Series', highlights the very serious global issue of missing persons as well as the impact of surface mining in the Appalachians. He has been writing fiction for over a decade.

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