- File Size: 977 KB
- Print Length: 317 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: jacklaceybooks (January 13, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 13, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F4F1N48
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,351 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
American Crow (The Missing Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author possesses terrific story telling skills, but his choice of editors leaves his efforts in a sad state. This book could easily have been a best seller. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lynda Hester
I enjoyed the plot, and liked the characters well enough, but, I felt like the writer was trying a bit too hard to make the protagonist's language adhere to British slang. Read morePublished 6 months ago by HoosierHerm
The story had a good balance of suspense, background, character development and action. There were some parts that were pretty far-fetched, but that is pretty typical in the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Karl Hampton
This book could have gotten a 4 star and maybe even a 5 star review if the editing hadn't been so bad. Read morePublished 9 months ago by D. Dalaney
The story takes you over right from the first page. Just couldn't stop reading, even while standing in traffic I was happy to have an extra minute to follow the plot. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Yulia
Although I never figured out what the word "clocked" meant, this book kept my attention and I truly enjoyed it.Published 10 months ago by Marybeth Cook
Giving this book five stars because I cannot think of any way the story could be improved. The characters were likable and easy to keep track of. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bond
This book turned into an all nighter. Couldn't put it down till I finished reading the whole thing. Saddened about Blake's losses, but it only makes his character more interesting. Read morePublished 16 months ago by janice
I enjoyed reading the first half of this action-packed book till Blacke got mixed up with the environmentalists. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Pauline K.
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