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A Case of Infatuation Paperback – June 5, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
I would have rated this fine effort five stars, except for one clinker of a typo. Towards the end of the story, when the FBI and ancillary forces are about to charge into the lair of the bad guys, one of the pursuers refers to "the Calvary" coming to the rescue. That of course was the hill in Jerusalem where the Crucifixion occurred. I believe that "Cavalry" was intended.
Mitch Malone is a crime reporter and he is very good at his job. The reason he is so good is that he has no emotions. He never allows himself to feel anything for the victims and he works alone. All he cares about is getting a good story.
Until he is forced to team up with rooky reporter, Petrenka - beautiful, laconic and incredibly desirable. She is also very good at her job, and for similar reasons.
Despite resenting her presence, Mitch finds himself becoming increasingly obsessed with her.
Their first case is a very nasty murder which has all the hallmarks of a contract killing. But the killer has overlooked something. Petrenka finds a small child hiding in the house where the murder took place. For reasons of security, the child is temporarily put in Patrenka's care and this is when Mitch breaks all his own rules.
He, who has never liked children, falls in love with the little stranger and all his priorities shift. The story has now taken second place to ensuring the safety of the child.
There ensues a frantic race against time to get to the child's mother before the killer finds her.
I really enjoyed this story. The author's use of language and imagery is masterful. I particularly liked the image of the dead woman's hand lying exposed on the porch. Haunting!
Ms Gager is able to create real, believable characters and I found myself caring about them. Even the secondary characters like Daisy from the Roadhouse are well-rounded and enduring.
The plot is intriguing. I thought there were a couple of weak points.Read more ›
The plot moves along at a good pace, revealing just enough details and facts to keep you from putting the book down. The writer has a unique writing style, reminiscent of the Hollywood film noir of the 40's and 50's in keeping with the plot and characters, and kept me entertained and reading along until the very end.
This is an excellent first novel by W.S. Grager, and I can't wait to see what crazy antics and trouble Mitch gets himself into in the next one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty good writing for a first book of a new author. As good story and a surprising ending. Can't wait to read her next book.Published on September 23, 2013 by Kindle Customer
I met the author of this book and decided to buy the book. I enjoyed meeting her. It was fun to talk with her about writting it. I realy liked it. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Flash
It's enjoyable but has a few grammatical errors. I am a pretty slow reader but have enjoyed the mystery. Read morePublished on October 3, 2012 by Sue