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County Line Hardcover – May 30, 2011

4.1 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
Book 4 of 4 in the Skin Kadash Series

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"Contemporary sharp-edged noir doesn't get much better than Cameron's mournful novel featuring ex-cop Skin Kadash." --Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Bill Cameron lives with his wife and a menagerie of critters in Portland, Oregon. His stories have appeared in Spinetingler, Portland Noir, and the forthcoming First Thrills. He is a member of Friends of Mystery, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tyrus Books; First Edition edition (May 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935562355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935562351
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,312,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
COUNTY LINE is a masterpiece of storytelling. Some critics have described it as "crime noir" -- I'm not entirely certain what that means, but it seems to fit: the book has an undeniably dark tone and crimes are committed. It's a genre in which I'm not well read. But I know good writing when I see it, regardless of genre, and in reading this book it became patently obvious very early on that Cameron is a fiercely talented writer.

The protagonist, Skin Kadash, a homicide cop for 25 years, is now retired and living in Portland, OR. Ruby Jane, the woman he cares about -- even he seems reluctant to define her as something more serious, given that he's not quite sure his feelings are reciprocated -- has gone missing. And there's a dead guy in her bathtub. So Kadash sets out on a mission to find her. This book is about his relentless journey halfway across the country and back, and deep into Ruby Jane's painful past, to find a woman who seems determined not to let anyone discover where, or who, she really is.

Kadash is smart and also a bit of a smart-ass. He's wryly self-deprecating while at the same time projecting a tough quiet confidence in his knowledge and experience as a cop. He's not afraid of physical pain, in fact seems to expect it, but is vulnerable to emotional anguish -- his own, but especially that of others. It's a delicate balance and Cameron draws that line with finesse.

Ruby Jane is a pure mess. We see her primarily though the hellish yet oddly matter-of-fact first hand account of events from her distant past. She's a character featured in earlier books, but I haven't read those so my first impressions are not of her as a grown woman but as a teen, a girl with experiences and responsibilities beyond her years.
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Format: Hardcover
Bill Cameron is a writer who knows when to slow down, speed up, and carry you along at just the right pace that you can't help but yearn to finish his books, and County Line is no different. With an intriguing opening, killer chapter endings, no mercy for his characters, twists that will spin you like a wheel, and shocks that come like punches this is a book that delivers.

The characters are nailed to the wall. Cameron portrays, to a painfully real degree, a young girl trapped in the weaknesses and mistake of those meant to protect and love her. You will feel as though you have walked through hell holding Ruby Jane's hand. You'll want to kill for her, hold her, cheer her on and in return she will entertain and amuse you with plenty of wit. Ruby Jane is impossible not to love. The heroes of the story, Pete and Skin, make for quite the grumpy team providing great tension, awkwardness, and light laghter throughout the entire story. You will love, hate, hurt. What more can you ask for in a story?

Having read most of Bill Cameron's books, I can say that he meets all my expectation as a reader. His books have become an automatic buy for me. The icing on the cake is that with every book his edge gets just a little sharper. You will want more.
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Format: Paperback
If you are a crime fiction fan then you will love COUNTY LINE. Cameron is one of the masters of the genre as far as I'm concerned. You can't go wrong reading any of his novels, they are all extremely well written and engaging. There are no cardboard characters here. Cameron is great at creating characters that you wouldn't be surprised to find in the real world. COUNTY LINE is an example of a talented writer at the top of his game. I highly recommend this novel!
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What a great book. I found the writing to be excellent, the characters vivid and interesting, and the story quite unexpected and original. I want to go back and read any earlier works featuring Skin Kadash however, as there were a number of references to his past that piqued my interest. Why is his neck badly scarred? What was his past relationship with Pete like? The flash-back style of story telling worked for me here, although I sometimes wished I knew more about the principle characters' lives in the present, especially Ruby Jane.
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I picked this book up when it was free, and I did enjoy some aspects of it. But I doubt it would appeal to everyone. When I picked it up, I was unaware that this was one in a series. But the only things I felt I missed by not reading the other books is a clear understanding of the main charater's appearance (which was mentioned by other reviewers) and whether or not he and his girlfriend were lovers in addition to being in love.

Skin Kadash returns to Portland after having been gone for a month, only to find that the woman he loves, Ruby Jane Whittaker, has left town without letting anyone know her intentions or plans. When Skin uses his keys to enter Ruby's home, he finds what appears to be a homeless person dead in her bathtub. Additionally, she left her cellphone behind which is totally uncharacteristic for her. Skin, fearing something bad has happened to her, goes in search of Ruby Jane. His search leads him to discover aspects of her painful past that he had no idea about.

This story was written as a frame story. The linear story of what's happening now wraps around the story of Ruby Jane's seminal teenage years which plants the seeds for the events that are happening now. Ruby Jane's story is non-linear, see-sawing through the past to emphasize the tension of traumatic events. The story is rather dark and filled with pain, but very well written. Ruby Jane's character as a teen is very compelling, and keeps you reading even though I felt that the pace of the story dragged at times. Some events were telegraphed, yet others surprised me greatly. There was profanity, some of which was gratuitous.

If you like complex and convoluted mystery/crime stories written with lots of details and no clear winners and losers, then you will enjoy this book. 3.5 stars.
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