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Product Details

  • Series: Emily Locke Series
  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590586557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590586556
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,667,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Some smart dialogue and the novelty of a skydiving protagonist lift Brady's less than assured debut. PI Richard Cole gets in touch with Emily Locke, who was inadvertently involved in a missing-child case four years earlier, because he believes her jumping skills would be useful in another missing-child case. At Richard's urging, Emily travels from Ohio to Houston, where she immerses herself in the cozy environment of Gulf Coast Skydiving, an establishment that's somehow linked to the disappearance of an 11-month-old boy whose divorced parents share custody. Emily's willingness to drop her daily life and rush off to Houston is one of several slightly flimsy plot points. At Gulf Coast, Emily meets a handsome guitar-playing cowboy, Vince, who's so clearly meant to be Emily's love interest that the reader may be hoping that he turns out bad. On the other hand, Emily's best friend, Jeannie, is a charming smart-aleck who brightens the pages. (Oct.)
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“Some smart dialogue and the novelty of a skydiving protagonist lift Brady's…debut.” –Publishers Weekly on Final Approach

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

A graduate of Wright State University and The Ohio State University, Rachel works as a biomedical engineer when she's not writing mystery and suspense fiction. Her interests include health and fitness, acoustic guitar, and books of all kinds. She lives outside of Houston, Texas, with her family. Visit Rachel on-line at www.rachelbrady.net.

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I'm looking forward to Emily Locke's next adventure!
A. E. Beyer
From the opening scene to the final page, Final Approach was filled with plot twists, intriguing characters, and a surprising amount of action.
Bill T8
If you enjoy a tight, well-plotted mystery with terrific characters, an unusual setting, and clean, crisp writing, you'll love FINAL APPROACH.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. E. Beyer on August 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Final Approach is a fun, witty, and easy read that will keep you turning the pages. The first test of any book for me is that first 20 pages -- this book immediately hooked me in with just enough suspense to make me wonder ... hey, what's this all about. I was rewarded with an interesting slew of characters - from the heroine, Emily, who has fun banter in her head to her smart-alec BFF, Jeannie who is a riot! The most surprising element that I found enjoyable was the skydiving setting. I was a little hesitant to this as I am not a skydiver nor have I ever had any interest in the sport. However, Brady's descriptions & sport "characters" constantly entertained and educated. I'm still not ready to jump out of a plane, but enjoyed reading the mystery that surrounded this setting. I'm looking forward to Emily Locke's next adventure!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. McClellan on September 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I won my pre-release copy of this book after a blog-comment exchange with its author, Rachel Brady. Brady hooked me with the first chapter, with a writing style that engages you quickly and keeps you turning pages just to find out what happens next in this suspenseful story of a woman struggling to overcome a devastating loss and move forward with her life. Brady's characters are believable; the dialog is realistic (but better than "real"), sharp, and often funny; the skydiving world provided an interesting backdrop to the mystery; and Brady parcels out clues at a perfect pace to keep you reading to the end.

This is Brady's debut novel, but I predict a successful career for her as a novelist. I look forward to her next book, and I recommend this one highly for mystery lovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carl brookins VINE VOICE on August 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A fine debut novel with an unusual plot line. Emily Locke is recovering from the loss of her husband and infant daughter. It is clear from the get-go there is something askew in that whole incident. Now four years later, the detective who was disgraced and dismissed from the local police department as fall-out from that calamity, is back in Emily's life. He wants her help on a case he's working on. A leap of faith is required of readers here. Is she the only person in the country the detective can count on to infiltrate a questionable sky-diving club located over a thousand miles away?
And why is Emily so available? After all she has a full-time job and is still pretty fragile from the loss of her daughter and husband. Still, the detective, not her favorite person, presses the right buttons and off she goes to Texas.
What follows is a tension-filled emotional novel of exquisite detail about sky-diving in all the right places, introduction of necessary and useful characters and enough action to satisfy the most ardent thriller aficionado. Emily is strong and distressed at all the right places, there are no real down sections of the novel.
This is a fast read and although some of the danger Emily faces doesn't reach my punch level, Emily is an interesting woman and the sky-diving is an unusual platform on which to build a crime novel. One of the more interesting aspects of Final Approach is that readers will, from the beginning, feel as though they have been brought into an ongoing story. There is occasionally a feeling of the need to catch up with background as a way to evaluate current happenings. It's a style that adds to the tension and pace. A satisfying novel with a fine twist at the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Four years ago Emily Locke unintentionally got enmeshed in a missing-child case; that of her child. Thus former cop turned private investigator Richard Cole thinks she can help him with a similar case he is working on because she has some limited experience to enhance her skydiving skills that he needs on his investigation. He pleads and coaxes Emily to leave Cleveland for Houston.

Emily joins Gulf Coast Skydiving to obtain insider information for Richard, who has found clues linking the group to the disappearance of an 11-month-old boy, Casey Lyons; the baby's divorced parents are beyond despondent with worry. Richard warns Emily not to do anything foolish like being attracted to a guitar-player or connecting the dots to her still missing child.

This is an intriguing crime drama that looks deeply at the baby abduction-adoption black market. The story line is fun to follow though Emily running off to Houston seems off kilter for the nightmare she has lived with for four years and major coincidences detract also. Still the cast is solid and fans will root for Vince hitting the chord with Emily and want a sequel starring sassy smack the butt BFF Jeannie.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vincent H. Oneil on December 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Rachel Brady's FINAL APPROACH is a marvelous debut mystery novel and the start of a great series. Filled with action, humor, and some very touching moments, it follows reluctant investigator Emily Locke as she infiltrates a sky-diving school linked to the disappearance of several children. The sequel novel, DEAD LIFT, has already been released so those of you who won't read a series until there's more than one book available -- go ahead and pick these up.
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By caryn on November 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful debut for Brady!
The protagonist, Emily Locke, skydives as a hobby so the book is
filled with all sorts of interesting tidbits about that sport. As for
the mystery part of the book, the tragedy in Emily's past is slowly
brought to light as the story progresses. A few years ago, Emily,
quite by accident, becomes involved in the return of a kidnapped
child. Although she lives in Cleveland, and the event took place in
Texas, the residue from her involvement has led to nothing but sadness
for her since. As the book opens, one of the investigators involved in
that case has appeared at her work and asked her to return to Texas to
help out in another kidnapping case. The book is a fast paced, keep
the pages flyin' type book from that point on. The author uses short
and to the point sentences in many of the most suspenseful scenes to
help create a sense of urgency and keep the reader's heart pounding.

In addition to the kidnapping story line, is a secondary thought
provoking story. When we see kidnapping or adoption gone wrong stories
in the news, we hear what happens at the end of the case-iwhether the
child is recovered safely or not. What we don't hear about is what
happens next. If the child is recovered, what happens to that family
when the child comes home? This book also touches on this issue.

I think this book would be a perfect match for readers of the Harlan
Coben stand alones, also for people who enjoy Twist Phelan's
adventure mysteries and would also appeal to readers of the Abby Rose
adoption mysteries by Leann Sweeney.
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