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THE BRIMSTONE MURDERS (A Jimmy O'Brien Mystery Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Sherratt
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Book Description

Robbie Farris stabbed his junior college professor twenty-seven times.

At his arraignment, Robbie pulls a gun and escapes. After his mother is found murdered in her shabby house trailer, Robbie's lawyer, Jimmy O'Brien, is led into the seemingly unrelated worlds of high-profile, religious evangelism and old-fashioned Mojave Desert borax mining.

Jimmy fights the clock, the cops, and the DA in his effort to find and return Robbie before he himself is charged with Section 187-murder in the first degree.


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This entertaining legal thriller hooks the audience from the beginning and never slows down until the final confrontation. The story line in many ways is more of an investigative thriller filled with twists and red herrings... Fans will appreciate THE BRIMSTONE MURDERS...
--The Mystery Gazette

About the Author

Jeff Sherratt is the bestselling author of the acclaimed Jimmy O'Brien mystery series. His novel, DETOUR TO MURDER, published by Innova Press, is the latest in the Jimmy O'Brien mystery series. Other novels in the series include GUILTY OR ELSE and THE BRIMSTONE MURDERS. Jeff has written nonfiction articles for corporate newsletters and his short stories have been published in H2O Magazine and the anthology, The Heat of the Moment. He is a past board member of Sisters in Crime/LA, and a member of Mystery Writers of America. Jeff has been a speaker and guest panelist at many book events, including Literary Orange, Murder on the Menu, and the prestigious Southern California Writers Conference. He is currently working on his fourth Jimmy O'Brien novel, CYANIDE PERFUME. Jeff lives in Newport Beach, CA with his wife, Judy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 362 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615454682
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: INNOVA Press (August 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005K2J6RQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,242 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chandler's Back June 16, 2008
Format:Paperback
If you love Raymond Chandler and the old black and white mystery movies you grew up with on TV, pay close attention to author Jeff Sherratt and his Jimmy O'Brien Series that starts with a rip-roaring tale set in California in the Seventies.
The Brimstone Murders is chock full of atmosphere and snappy dialogue that carries you through an exciting tale that begins with former cop turned lawyer, Jimmy O'Brien, trying to get his client who is accused of killing a college professor off by using the insanity plea. The client, Robbie Ferris, sounds like a raving religious fanatic, but when he escapes from the courthouse and a "blind" guy says it looks like the guy had help, Jimmy has a dilemma. It's further complicated when Robbie's mother is killed with the same caliber gun as Jimmy has misplaced.
The trail of his missing client leads Jimmy to a derelict dinner out in Barstow and a mysterious borax mine. The action never stops as Jimmy and his good-looking assistant, Rita, try to save his neck, her neck, and a dead girl.
Trust me, you'll love this book.
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining legal thriller May 25, 2008
Format:Paperback
In Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Jimmy O'Brien understands the overwhelming evidence against his current client Robbie Farris, who confessed in the name of Jesus to stabbing Golden Valley College Professor Carmichael twenty-seven times. Still the consummate professional Jimmy plans to insure Robbie gets the best defense he can provide him even as the seemingly deranged lad mentions his friend the Lord told him to kill the Catholic professor.

However, at Robbie's arraignment, the accused pulls out a gun that he somehow obtained; he escapes. Soon after Jimmy visits Robbie's mother Hazel Farris, she is found murdered in her dumpy house trailer. The cops suspect Jimmy killed her as he admits he was at the crime scene just before she died. Jimmy uses his associate twenty-six year old Rita to defend him from a murder in the first degree charge of killing Hazel. Following clues mostly by tracking his runaway client, Jimmy lands in the middle of brimstone evangelists; one of whom wants to send Jimmy to hell before his time.

This entertaining legal thriller hooks the audience the moment Jimmy's client mentions the Lord told him to kill the professor and never slows down until the final confrontation. The story line in many ways is more of an investigative thriller filled with twists and red herrings as makes inquires into the evangelistic world, but also has strong legal subplots. Fans will appreciate THE BRIMSTONE MURDERS as the odds are SIX TO FIVE AGAINST the hero (see ONE, TWO, & EVEN for a previous O'Brien case).

Harriet Klausner
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A legal thriller without legal research July 22, 2012
By Dan
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I like the characters. Jimmy is engaging, Sol is a character who can build into something as the series progresses. (Though if Jimmy is doing so poorly as a lawyer, how come he drives a Corvette?)

But if you're going to write about a lawyer, please talk to one. I passed the bar and spent 16 years in a courthouse. The central problem of this novel is ridiculous.

If a courtroom bailiff carried a gun (ours didn't) and was shot, he wouldn't be blaming the attorney or telling him to chase the prisoner. He'd be pushing a button to bring all sorts of support down fast. Cops don't trash a television set serving a search warrant.

Eventually, as the errors mounted, I wondered if the author was trying to do a "Saturday Night Live" version of a film noir novel, a parody.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Brimestone Murders February 21, 2008
Format:Paperback
The Brimstone Murders is a thrilling read with a vintage flare for who-done-it? L.A. Criminal Defense attorney Jimmy O'Brien teeters on the brink of professional failure or maybe it is suicide as his only client's escapes and he is suspected of murder. The high desert of So Cal makes a believable setting for this action driven murder mystery. Well Done!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nonstop action with entertaining characters December 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a non-stop action mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see how it all wraps up. I am impressed with the way that all of the pieces of this mystery (that sometimes seemed to be pointing off in a multitude of directions) slowly but surely came together to a coherent conclusion. The characters are fun, well-drawn and enough outside of the norm to keep them entertaining, and the suspense is maintained start to finish with one high-stakes crisis after another. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Noir November 28, 2011
By Pat1360
Format:Kindle Edition
I wasn't sure what to expect from the title "The Brimstone Murders". What I got was a fast-paced, gripping mystery set in Southern California over thirty years ago. Jimmy O'Brien is a sympathetic lawyer/detective and I very much enjoyed following his adventures. Jimmy's friends are equally fun to read about, and the villians were suitably nasty. The plot kept me guessing. I knew next to nothing about the setting, so Mr. Sherratt's descriptions were enlightening. I was very pleased to see this book is part of a series, so I can follow Jimmy on more cases. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Totally ridiculous and over-the-top June 18, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I got this book for .99 cents for my Kindle, and even that was a ripoff. First of all, this author throws everything but the kitchen sink into this mystery, to the point where I had no idea what was going on any longer. Even worse, the dialogue between the characters was ridiculously wooden and stilted. And the women were all described as "so gorgeous she could melt stone" (stupid), while the men weren't really described much at all. I couldn't make it past the first third of the book. Don't bother with this one. Try Elizabeth George for a REAL mystery.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery Story
I liked most of this story, but there were areas that I found boring. I liked Jimmy, Rita and Mable.
Published 1 month ago by Sharon Harrah
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read; a page turner
I really enjoyed this book on several levels. The story had many twists and turns up to the very end. I like the characters Jimmy O'Brien and Sol. Read more
Published 1 month ago by grandma
4.0 out of 5 stars Brimstone Murders
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was well written. It was the kind of book that kept you coming back
Published 2 months ago by Arlene Staffeldt
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
This book was above my expectations, funny and gritty. Enjoyed the character build of the key players. Would and will read other offerings from this author.
Published 2 months ago by TexasKat
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brimstone Murders
Really enjoy the main character, Jimmy O'Brien. I enjoyed the story line in this particular book. Had a few twist and turns that weren't expected.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoyed the read
Published 3 months ago by Sarah Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
So Jimmy O'Brien is a lawyer he was protecting Robbie who ended up killing his college teacher. Stabbed 27 times and he finally escapes and then his mom dies and so does he but... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great. love e books
Published 4 months ago by Jo Tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME
Fantastic Book!!! Exciting & Very Scary!! Kept me on the edge of my seat!! A book everyone needs to read!!!
Published 5 months ago by Lizzietish
2.0 out of 5 stars the plot of the book is thin!
I had a hard time believing in the main character. His solutions to problems that arose were less than logical. Attempts at humor came across flat and trite. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bill Graham
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Jeff Sherratt is the bestselling author of the acclaimed Jimmy O'Brien mystery series. His novel, DETOUR TO MURDER, published by Innova Press, is the latest in the Jimmy O'Brien mystery series. Other novels in the series include GUILTY OR ELSE and THE BRIMSTONE MURDERS. Jeff has written nonfiction articles for corporate newsletters and his short stories have been published in H2O Magazine and the anthology, The Heat of the Moment. He is a past board member of Sisters in Crime/LA, and a member of Mystery Writers of America. Jeff has been a speaker and guest panelist at many book events, including Literary Orange, Murder on the Menu, and the prestigious Southern California Writers Conference. He is currently working on his fourth Jimmy O'Brien novel, CYANIDE PERFUME. Jeff lives in Newport Beach, CA with his wife, Judy.

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