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County Line Paperback – June 1, 2011
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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
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His work has been nominated for multiple awards, including the Spotted Owl Award, the Left Coast Crime Rocky Award, and the 2011 CWA Short Story Dagger Award for "The Princess of Felony Flats." In 2012, COUNTY LINE was awarded the Spotted Owl for Best Northwest Mystery.
He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
County Line is the first book I have read by this author. I could tell that these were reoccurring characters when I first starting reading this book. It started out with Skin staying at a quiet, retreat where he was recovering from a near fatal gunshot wound. Though, I have not read any of the previous books, I was able to reading this book with no problems. Skin really made this book for me. He is like a modern day outlaw. He takes no bull and does not hold back. Ruby could hold her own with Pete and Skin. I liked this because if Ruby was a weak female than I would not have felt the connection between Skin and her and wanted Skin to find her. This book is split into several different parts. The first part is about Skin and him trying to find Ruby. The next section flashes back in time to Ruby and her past to help clue the reader into what Ruby is hiding and running from. The last section brings the reader back to the present and tries all the loose ends up nicely. Fans of a good suspense/mystery novel will enjoy this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book, I found it slow in some spots and it jumps around from past to present quite a bit which can be annoying. Easy and light enjoyable read.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Despite the time jumps, Cameron kept me turning pages. His characters are real, have real pasts and the mystery behind Ruby Jane’s past is compelling. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nichole Severn
I am a lover of mysteries. I love them even more when I'm within fifty pages of THE END and I'm still trying to figure them out.
COUNTY LINE is one such treasure. Read more
This is the first book by Bill Cameron I have had the pleasure to read, but my no means my last! Talk about a page-turning, heart-pumping mystery thriller! County Line has it all! Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Wendy L. Hines
Great read. Characters you can relate to and situations that make you think about your own decisions should you be in the same situation.Published on September 3, 2013 by DGailJones
I got this book while it was offered as a free download. I had no idea its has been a part of series and maybe that is why most of the characters seemed underdeveloped. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Evelina
I like this book. It was interesting, and it kept me coming back.
I still need to type 7 words before I can submit. DUMB!
County Line won the 2012 Spotted Owl from the Portland organization Friends of Mystery and there's a good reason for that. Read morePublished on November 23, 2012 by Purchaser
After spending a month at a retreat while recovering from a near-fatal gunshot wound, Skin Kadash tries to reconnect with his friend Ruby Jane Whittaker who talked him into going... Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by Edie