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A Blade Away Paperback – April 8, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
In the other corner, battling against evil and a narrow-minded boy's club is Detective Jamie Davenport. Along with her unofficial partner Skip, Jamie is plunged headfirst into Louisville transgendered community. Whle battling a downright frigid work environment, her neglected libido and potentially complicated relationship issues, Jamie must track down the killer before another person falls victim - or before the Chief busts her back down to desk work.
I've said before that the hallmark of a good book is two-fold: If you're tired the next morning from staying up late to read just one more chapter (and then another, and another) and if your mind revisits parts of the novel days, weeks, or even months later, like remembered reaility instead of a fictional account. A Blade Away had me on both counts. If Wallen can handle serial killers, the transgendered, cross-dressers and the suspense genre in such a creative, finely-tuned, and insightful way as he's done with A Blade Away, then I can't wait to read his other novels!
However, this book does have some flaws. First, Skip is over the top in his sexual orientation. I know there are gay men who act like that (I know some personally), but it becomes tiresome after a while. Second, the author uses the terms "cross-dresser," "drag queen," and "transgender" almost interchangeably. Not all drag queens or cross-dressers want to change gender. (Few actually do.) The author also uses the pronoun "he" and "his" for those characters who are actually transitioning; he should have used female pronouns. As an aside, contrary to the book's description, the victims are transsexual women (male-to-female), not transsexual men (female-to-male).
Read this book. You won't be sorry.
Can be very graphic in places, but needed for the story line and I thoroughly enjoyed this book, was not wanting it to end!
I wanted to reach out and "punch" the Captain/Sheriff for his "piggish" attitude towards woman, gays, and others who did not conform to his standards.
I enjoyed the work and "human" relationship between Jamie and Skip, especiallty their dedicated "team work" despite many obstacles.
As for the killer, very interesting story line and another prime example of how our pasts can rear their ugly heads in our current lives if not dealt with.
Two thumbs up for this read for sure! I highly recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had bought this time time ago and when I went back to read it, I wondered why on earth I had picked it. It really surprised me by being a really good read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mary A NUNI Hancy-Learman
First i want to say that i just picked this book up because i am a fan of Jack Wallen his I Zombie I series and other of his horror works like Hells Muse and Nails of Calvary. Read morePublished 18 months ago by alina harajuku zombie
Once again Jack Wallen has proven that he is not only The Zombie King, but THE King!
This book gripped me so powerfully and held on until the very last page. Read more
the book started out good and the rated is not high enough if I could all teachers in the world who like this type of bookPublished on August 7, 2013 by roxie jackson
it has been a long time where a book has made me feel that i am right there with the characters. being a fan of horror, shock and gore this was great. Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by Michelle L. Burt
A Blade Away is a fast-paced and well-plotted tale of a serial killer who victimizes the transgendered population of Louisville, Kentucky. Read morePublished on July 12, 2011 by Julie Ann Dawson