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The Dead Man (Jack Davis Thrillers Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Joel Goldman
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Book Description

If you like John Grisham's twists and turns and James Patterson's page-turning thrills, you'll love Joel Goldman's The Dead Man, the second book in the Jack Davis Thriller series!

"A masterful blend of rock-solid detective work and escalating dread. The Dead Man is both a top-notch thriller and a heart-rendering story of loss, courage and second chances. I loved it."
Robert Crais, NYT Bestselling Author

"The Dead Man is one of those rare novels you will be tempted to read twice: the first time to enjoy and the second time to appreciate how Goldman put the pieces together. The hours spent on both will be more than worth it."
Joe Hartlaub,

When people in a study of the human brain start to die exactly as they have dreamed they would die, Jack Davis crosses paths with a serial killer, taking him onto both sides of the law and into the path of a murderer's terrifying rage.

Think John Grisham meets James Patterson and you've got Joel Goldman in The Dead Man!

"Goldman's realistic setting, fast-paced dialogue and chilling plotting will have you wanting to read more in this gritty suspense series."
Cindy Bauer,

"The Dead Man has all the plots and twists one may expect from a Grisham novel and the pace of a James Patterson crime story."
Carolyn LeComte,

It doesn't get any better than that, so grab The Dead Man and don't let go!

And use your other hand to grab Shakedown, the first book in the Jack Davis Thriller series. When FBI Agent Jack Davis investigates a mass murder, a leak of crucial information and his imploding personal life throw him into the ultimate danger zone - where truth lies at the heart of betrayal

Don't miss the Lou Mason Thriller series by Joel Goldman featuring trial lawyer Lou Mason.

When a troubled young woman turns herself in for murder, Lou Mason takes the case - yet something about her story doesn't add up. To catch a killer, Lou dives into a sordid world of money, drugs and a devastating black market where the price for the truth is paid in blood. A riveting, page-turning romp in the tradition of James Patterson!

Ryan Kowalczyk denied slaughtering a young couple even after his best friend turned against him, sending him to death row. In Deadlocked, Lou Mason is hired to prove Ryan's innocence and killer does whatever it takes to stop him. The deeper Mason probes, the greater the danger - until the past and present collide in an explosion of deceit, corruption and murder.

Editorial Reviews


"Locked and loaded and full of the blood of character and the gritty detail that make up the truth...I loved it." - Michael Connelly (on Shakedown)"

About the Author

Joel Goldman is the Edgar and Shamus author of the Lou Mason and Jack Davis thriller series. He lives in Leawood, KS with his wife and two dogs.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1066 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0786020407
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Joel Goldman (November 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006EB76Z6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FAST PACED AND CHOCK-A-BLOCK WITH DANGER April 9, 2009
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Someone recently wrote an article indicating that the sale of romance novels has gone up during this economic slump. People, it seems, want to escape through their reading. Since I'm not a great fan of bodice-rippers I'd like to suggest that reading a good thriller is a fine way to escape for a while, and to this end try Joel Goldman's The Dead Man.

Second in the Jack Davis series this story will capture with the opening pages - a sheriff goes to a brutal murder scene at a farmhouse. A couple is dead, brutally murdered, slaughtered really, rather reminiscent of the Clutter killings. But in that case the murderers were caught - in this case they are not.

As many will remember Jack is a former FBI agent. He suffers from a movement disorder that causes him to shake, thus the FB no longer believes he is capable of service. Milo Harper runs an institute aimed at helping people control their dreams. However, her institute may now be named in a law suit due to recent deaths of patients.

A friend of Jack's recommends him to Milo to run security for her. Said friend presents this opportunity to Jack as the perfect job for him - set your own hours, take breaks whenever you wish, etc. Jack's response is, "I haven't had a perfect job since Sue Ellen Erickson asked me to carry her books home in the fifth grade." Nonetheless, he takes the job.

It's not long before he has reason to wish he was back in the fifth grade as his investigation soon reveals that there is a psychotic serial killer on the loose.

Chock-a-block with danger and fast-paced The Dead Man will take anyone's mind off a dwindling bank account, at least for a while.

- Gail Cooke
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too predictable! January 12, 2012
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This book really shouldn't be compared to Grisham or Patterson. It had a great storyline, but it was soooo predictable! I knew who the killer was within 15 minutes. After that, I felt like I was just waiting for the characters to catch up. This could have been easily avoided by omitting just a couple of scenes.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 star mystery thriller June 9, 2009
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Entertaining thriller featuring a very interesting protagonist!
Former FBI agent, disgraced Jack Davis, suffers from a neurological ailment that causes tics (involuntary spasms and muscle movements) and brain fog. Nevertheless, he is hired by billionaire Milo Harper to investigate why participants in a dream study he has funded have started to turn up dead - and have died in just the very way that they had nightmares about! The body count rises and Jack teams up with his landlady, a former cop named Lucy who was jailed for stealing diamonds from a crime scene, and the search for the killer is on.

The story is set in Kansas City, my hometown, and that added another interesting layer to the novel as I had fun identifying with the landmarks, streets, and other familiar details. The story blends past events to current circumstances in a well crafted tale but there is one main unanswered question at the end!

The characters are the best part of this mystery and I think there might be a sequel using them - at least I hope so.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good - but OH so predictable! June 30, 2009
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I enjoyed reading this book mostly because of the characters. I loved the interaction between Jack and Lucy most of all. HOWEVER - the killer's identity was so obvious - almost from the beginning. Most of the time when this happens I generally give the book only one or two stars - but because the characters were so interesting and the "read" pleasurable I gave it the three stars.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok August 10, 2009
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Someone is killing off people exactly how they saw it in their dreams.

Billionaire, Milo Harper opened an facility called The Harper Institute of the Mind. An old acquaintance's of Milo's recommends Jack Davis to Milo. Jack used to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Jack is looking for something new to pass the time. Milo contacts Jack for a favor. He needs Jack's help to find the killer and fast. Milo is under pressure to put a stop to the killings. All of the victims were study subjects at the institute. The institute's goal was to help all of the people control their dreams. If you thought your dreams could only kill you in the movies, than think again. As there is a Dead Man walking and he is coming for you.

The Dead Man is the second book to feature former FBI agent Jack Davis. This book can be read as a stand alone novel. While I did enjoy this thriller, I had a slight issue with the fact that I was able to figure out the killer right off the bat and there was a secondary situation involving Jack that I couldn't really tell you about as I wasn't as interested in it as I was the main plot. Overall though I was slightly disappointed in this book, I would still give another Joel Goldman novel a try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new take on FBI Profilers September 16, 2012
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I was a bit surprised by the ending and was longing for more. Excellent writer as I often wonder how the characters are doing even today. I'd definitely recommend this book. I'm certainly looking forward to more books by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! September 6, 2012
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This book is one of the best I have read. I highly recommend it for pure entertainment. Buy it today!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Jack Davis series winner September 23, 2011
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Jack Davis is everywhere in this book. He is the good guy but no longer a cop. And the cops think he is a bad guy. But he is chasing an elusive bad guy. Davis enlists the help of a wide variety of characters to try and keep the body count down. He is human, easy to root for, and you just want him to win. I really liked this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Plot
This series is my first experience with Joel Goldman. I like his writing style and plot development. Read more
Published 21 hours ago by Babs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Great book. Kept me guessing all the way till the very end
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will definately read more of the Jack Davis character.
Read it while on vacation. Fast read - hard to put down. A good plot with interesting characters. Will be reading more of Joel Goldman's books. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Beth Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
I really enjoyed all of the twist and turns in the plot that kept me guessing who the actual killer was and how Davis would capture the killer.
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Published 6 days ago by Mark Bourret
4.0 out of 5 stars The story goes on
Quick read. answers from the first book
Published 13 days ago by James A. Segletes
4.0 out of 5 stars worth reading
very good plot with interesting characters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read and the killer is never exposed in till ...
A good read and the killer is never exposed in till you finish the book unless your better at reading the clues along the was hard to pick which character I liked the best. Read more
Published 29 days ago by rick jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Really fun read.
If you live or know Kansas City, you'll love this book. All the places and landmarks and history are spot on. And the yarn ain't bad either.
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More About the Author

Joel Goldman writes crime thrillers to die for. He's the Edgar and Shamus nominated author of three riveting thriller series.

Trial lawyer Lou Mason is a powerful, sexy man, more than six feet of hard muscle and once a keen rugby player. He's loyal and principled, both to a fault. His wry, sarcastic sense of humor and knack for top class banter are disarming, sometimes obscuring a recklessly brave spirit. Passionate about justice, he dives into the dark water, taking on cases others lawyers would run away from.

In Jack Davis' world only liars, drunks and guilty people shake uncontrollably. Then he joins their ranks. After 25 years as an FBI Special Agent, Jack is forced to retire because a mysterious movement disorder that makes him shake, sometimes bending him in half, sometimes strangling his speech. The cause and cure are unknown and Jack's condition colors his entire life. So much so that it ends his FBI career. In his new guise of part time private detective, he can't predict when the shakes will start... he just knows they will. Most of the time he just hopes he isn't holding a gun when it happens because crooks and killers don't give anyone a break.

Alex Stone is a Public Defender, devoted to representing people charged with a crime who can't afford a lawyer. More often than not, her clients and cases are lost causes. But the dismal odds only encourage her. Long, lean, and ropy from years of early-morning workouts, she knows only one way to live and one way to try a case: bear down and go all out.
She's determined to give her indigent clients the same measure of justice the rich and well bred receive. That's what everyone, guilty or innocent, highborn or low, deserves, and that's why she became a public defender. That higher calling matters more than whether her clients are guilty or innocent. But when the system fails to deliver justice, she makes certain justice is done.

If you like heroes you can care about, believe in and root for, you'll love Lou Mason, Jack Davis and Alex Stone. If you like crime thrillers with riveting suspense, jaw dropping twists and page-turning action, you'll love Joel Goldman's novels.

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