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DETOUR TO MURDER ( A Jimmy O'Brien Mystery Novel) Kindle Edition

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HOT READ An Engaging Noir By Steven M. Thomas OC Metro Published: November 01, 2010: Newport Beach author Jeff Sherratt brings his cop-turned-lawyer hero Jimmy O Brien back for a third adventure in this noir set in Southern California in the 1970s. Assisted by his P.I. fixer, Sol, and his partner, Rita, O Brien delves into a pair of 1940s murders in order to free a man wrongly imprisoned for 29 years. Jimmy gets involved in the case when he is appointed by the court to represent the imprisoned man at a parole hearing. The proceedings seem at first to be a mere formality, with no chance of a positive outcome for the prisoner. Even though he believes he is guilty of the brutal murders, Jimmy still prepares diligently for the hearing and uncovers a discrepancy in the record that sets him off on a quest to discover the truth. Sherratt does a great job with snappy comedic dialogue and evocative descriptions of the Southland from the gritty streets of Downey, where his office is, to Chino, Los Feliz, Hollywood and the coast north of Santa Barbara. The story involves stolen identity, political corruption and tragic romance, as well as murder. What more can a reader ask? --OC Metro

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.

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  • File Size: 561 KB
  • Print Length: 359 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0975272144
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Innova Press (July 17, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 17, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005D7K9T2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 9, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I found it difficult to get into this book. It was slow at the start and though the pace picked up I wasn't dying to find out how it would end. I've read the many positive reviews for this book, so perhaps it's just not the genre for me. I did not find myself rooting for the protagonist, Jimmy, in his search to find the truth about who really murdered the woman back in 1945. One positive is that he story does have some interesting twists to keep the reader guessing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mirna on July 11, 2011
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I received a complimentary copy of this book.
I was very excited to start reading after reading a short review. Much to my delight the book was what I expected.

The writer managed to create the 70's feel by his writing style. I relived events from that time and could picture
the caracters perfectly.
I however did not enjoy the use of God's name in some dialogue's.

The story is about an attorney who is asked to tend to an upcoming parole hearing of an inmate who was charged with murder almost 30 years ago. As he flips through the file before the hearing, he notices alot of inaccuracy regarding the investigation at the time.
Seeing as he is not as busy as he would like to be, he decides to do more digging and comes across shocking revelations. Cash is tight and his firm is barely holding it together.
Although he is treatened and bullied, something stirs him to get to the bottom of the events 29 years ago.

The story is intriguing and never runs out the way I would imagine which is refreshing. I can recommend anyone to pick up a copy. I would be interested in reading more of the writers work to see if the writing trend is the same.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deanna D. Yearsley on May 2, 2012
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While I have enjoyed the "Jimmy O'Brien series," I have some criticism of the editing. An English major NEVER accepts mixed tenses in a phrase(it either WAS or it IS, but not both), misplaced and/or extra words (the she asked...), name changes, etc.
Furthermore, IF Mr. Sherratt is going to continue to refer to the seveth caVALRY, he needs to get it right!!!
There was only ONE CaLVARY - and it is vastly different from his references to the imaginary "seventh" in both "Guilty Or Else" and "Detour to Murder"!!!
If one is able to overlook glaring errors, one could enjoy his books...the characters are strong and he combines excitement, humor, hurt and pathos to weave a good story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Geo on July 1, 2011
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I almost gave up after the first few chapters because I felt like I was reading an old Sam Spade story but I am so glad I didn't quit. The story got so much better that I not only wanted to know who done it but also why. The writing started to draw you in and I started to like the characters, There were enough twists and turns to make it interesting but also a conclusion that wrapped up all the questions and gave a good ending. If you like a who done it that is a who done it you will enjoy this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Waid on July 3, 2011
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I received this book to reveiw. It was a great story. Very suspensful, read like watching a 1970 movie with flashbacks to the 40's. I could have done without the very vivid rat scene, as I was reading at bedtime. LOL But it was like I was there and wished I could help the hero out of that jam...you won't beleive all the twists and turns the book has! It will keep you guessing up to the end! A must read for Mystery buffs and classic film lovers too. Get your hands on this story and you won't be able to put it down!
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First, let me say that I was given a complimentary book from bookroster.com in exchange for this review.

I will admit that this is the first "film noir" style book that I've read. I wasn't sure I would enjoy it, but I just kept reading and by the time I was nearing 50% read, I couldn't stop. Jimmy O'Brien is an attorney in LA and he takes a case to help a man already in prison for 2 murders, attempt to get parole. Jimmy believes from the beginning that there isn't a chance that this man will get parole, but when thugs follow him after the parole hearing and tell him to back off or else, Jimmy wonders what he is missing.

He continues to dig deeper (despite this being a 30-year old case) and things seem more and more fishy! The further I read, the more confused I was until about 50% through and things began to fall into place.

I will admit that at first, I had a difficult time getting into this book. But I continued reading (mainly because I hate to start a book and not finish it) and I'm glad that I did. I enjoyed this book and now I see that there are others, I won't be so worried about trying this style of book. There are a very few minor grammatical errors, but again, there are very few. I was able to figure out the meaning and continue on.
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By EmJayKay on July 8, 2011
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Al Roberts was coerced into signing a confession to a murder, and sent to prison for life. Now 30 yrs later Jimmy O'Brien is assigned to represent Mr Roberts at his parole hearing.The parole board assigned Mr O'Brien because "he is a lawyer of hopeless causes and he works cheap"
After the parole is turned down, Jimmy investigates a little more. Soon finding out things about a corupt L A District Attorney Byron, and how Al Roberts was tricked into confessing. There is a sudden turn about and Mr Roberts is out of prison. Why??
Will Mr Roberts go back to New York City to play piano in nights clubs after put on a bus to get out of town, and stay out of town.
More unethical practices, and a false identity is revealed for a good story.
I was given a complimentary copy for review purposes.
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