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A Dream of Death (Detective Lincoln Munroe, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Harrison Drake
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Book Description

Ontario Provincial Police Detective Lincoln Munroe is coming up empty. As a serial killer terrorizes the area surrounding London, Ontario, Canada, Lincoln finds himself at a standstill waiting for the perfect killer to make his first mistake.

While the body count rises without any leads, Lincoln finds himself haunted by dreams of discovering skeletal remains in the forest beneath a bloody knife. The dreams seem to come true when Lincoln is called to Algonquin Park to assist an old colleague. There he is tasked with overseeing the excavation of human remains buried more than twenty-five years earlier; remains that will bring to the surface cold cases, a painful past and memories Lincoln had long since forgotten.

'A Dream of Death' is the first in a series of character-driven police procedurals written by a Canadian police officer.


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About the Author

Harrison Drake is the pseudonym of a Canadian writer and career police officer who has chosen anonymity in order to protect a safe, secure and quiet lifestyle for his family. The author is hard at work on numerous writing projects in a number of genres.

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  • File Size: 420 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079DG258
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Left me breathless July 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Detective Sergeant Lincoln Munroe of the London, Ontario police department has been working very long hours trying to catch the serial killer who targets women while their husbands are at work at night. When he can get home to his family for a few hours sleep, his dreams are haunted by a skull and knife dripping blood in a forest. Then he is called off his urgent case to use his archeological skills in the excavation of a long-buried body in a remote area. He recognizes the woods from his nightmares, and wonders if he may be cracking under the strain of his high-profile case.

I finished this gripping first novel, part police procedural and part thriller, in a day and immediately downloaded the sequel. While I would have enjoyed a little more description of the procedural work, the woven stories of old and new murders kept me turning pages. The formatting of the ebook is a little odd - unusual and very tiny typeface, and there are a very few typos, but they didn't interfere with my enjoyment of the story.

An excellent first effort, and I look forward to more from this author.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling! August 1, 2012
By SRMyers
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"A Dream of Death" is such an exciting and thrilling story that I stayed up late because I didn't want to stop reading. Harrison Drake does a great job of creating a plot which follows the trail of clues that lead to the solving of two crimes - one in the present and one from the past. All of the characters are well-developed. This includes a look at the life of the main character, Detective Lincoln Monroe. In my opinion, the incorporation of the Monroe's life outside of work pushes this story above other crime novels in which you read only about the work done by the police and detectives. The details, along with the emotional reactions to events in both areas of his life, give the character much more depth and makes him seem more real. If you read crime novels, this one should definitely be on your reading list. - Sheila Rae Myers, Author
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars authorpholloway November 6, 2012
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This is one of the best fresh new authors I've found. His main character, Lincoln Monroe is so human that I felt I was right there with him. The main plot of this book turns out to be a secondary plot. The stress from the case he is working has made him start having dreams so real that he is not sure sometimes whether he is dreaming or hallucinating. Something horrible happened to him as a child and that's where his nightmares are coming from. He has apparently been dealing with Post Traumatic Stress, with delayed onset, since the new case has started but doesn't understand what's happening to him.

I really like the book. It was fast paced and kept me turning pages and I was sorry to say goodbye to the characters at the end. When I realized there were more books with these characters, I was delighted and can't wait to read more by this author.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing December 2, 2012
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Another Amazon freebie. The writing is professional, but it was almost a complete failure in structure. It read much like a movie plot, fairly predictable police procedural fare. The angst-ridden detective is getting a little old, isn't it? I could not bring myself to like the main character - Detective Lincoln Munroe - very much, even if his personal history is interesting (great-great-grandson of a slave, all the firstborn sons named Lincoln, after the President). He just seemed to be a very weak person overall, and I suppose that's a reflection of the author's intent to make him 'real' and 'flawed'. Well, he was a little too flawed for my taste, from his bursting into tears every couple of pages to predictably cheating on his wife with the young female partner. Another little peeve of mine is the way characters who are parents will go on and on about their kids, just like the annoying parents who do this in real life. Every parent is in love with his/her own kids, and I'm simply not interested in how smart and beautiful and precocious and wonderul everybody's kid is. I always want to say, "Well, yours and everyone else's." Bottom line, I have to deal with that in everyday real life and would rather get away from it in fiction. I try to read books where the characters do not have children so there won't be so much focus on that, but obviously that's not always possible.

The author tried to weave two very separate plots into one narrative, and it didn't work. The primary plot, about a serial killer targeting women whose husbands or boyfriends work a night shift so that the woman will be found when the spouse comes home, could have been really good, but the author completely dropped the ball, almost as if he'd changed his mind about what was really driving this story.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Wordy May 18, 2013
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I liked the characters in this novel, but it was far too wordy and had too many scenes that didn't move the story forward. Lincoln Munroe's family life and history, for example, were boring and simply dragged the story. By the time I got to 50%, I started skimming.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I want to read the series June 6, 2013
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Ugh. I suppose I shouldn't be such a reverse chauvinist, but I got very disgusted with this detective who couldn't seem to get through a day, or even a chapter without crying. It was a good story, but I became irritated with this guy. I didn't cry that much going through menopause. I plan to read the rest of the series, and I'm hoping Detective Munroe has greater emotional stability and can handle his problems without blubbering through the next two books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Crying Detective
For me, the pace was slow at first and a little confusing. Once the pace picked up, I truly enjoyed the book. There were two mysteries to figure out which I liked. Read more
Published 6 days ago by "Jo"
4.0 out of 5 stars A more human protagonist
wow! a man who cries and is confused about his dreams. exciting who dun it...kept me guessing until the end. satisfying and realistic conclusion.
Published 9 days ago by CA Vino
4.0 out of 5 stars A.DREAM OF DEATH
Good story. I liked the way it played out. There was good characterization. Always enjoy a surprise ending and having it lead into the next book.
Published 9 days ago by Carol A Mead
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZE BALLS!!
This book is AMAZING!!! I couldn't take my eyes off of it!!! I'm not a big fan of reading, but I absolutely would recommend it to someone who appreciates a good mysterious/thriller... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars DionnaSays
Pretty good, I love mysteries, read a few a week and didn't see this ending! Was interesting throughout and I enjoyed the characters!
Published 12 days ago by Dionna white
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
The book was okay but not for me.
Published 13 days ago by oddobjective
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dream of Death
Investigating the first murder is normal, but when the story develops and the second murder from years ago comes into play, the emotions start. Great read
Published 13 days ago by Barbara
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read.
Published 16 days ago by prakash bhatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book.
I couldn't put this down. I didn't like Link cheating on his wife. But that's just one of the things that makes this book so good.
Published 17 days ago by Ashley Welch
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful
Didn't want to put it down. Good story base, can't wait to read the next one. I recommended it to my wife.
Published 17 days ago by Angela Dudley
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Harrison Drake is the pseudonym of a Canadian police officer and writer whose work knows no genre boundaries. Crime, sci-fi, romance... they're all fair game.

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