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Five Minutes of Blackness [Kindle Edition]

Doug Smith
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A gritty case of resentment, revenge, and recovery.

A businessman was found savagely murdered in his Jaguar. Robbery is not a motive, and forensics seems to indicate that the victim was given a goodbye kiss. When Detective Jesse Collins appears on the scene, his hangover is horrendous. Once a great cop, he is now on a downward spiral. His boss has put him on notice, his partner is done covering for him, and his wife has moved out. “This time it’s for good,” she said.
Jesse tries to find a link that connects the killer to the victim, but a barroom fight slows him down. When a similar murder takes place in a different state, clues point to a stiletto-wearing curly-haired blonde named Kiki. News of the case sweeps the nation. A third victim is found three thousand miles away, and an email message leads Jesse to believe that he might be the next target.
As Jesse crosses the country in search of leads, nagging questions keep him awake at night. He wonders if he will ever get sober. He wonders if he will ever get his wife back. Most of all, he wonders if he can catch Kiki before she kills again.

About the author:
Doug was born in New Jersey, and has lived in six states before landing in New Hampshire. He is proud of his ongoing recovery from alcohol and drugs, and finds peace when he is on his Harley. Doug and his wife, Sharon, have four children and five grandkids that keep them amused and confused.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 455 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Bigwig Books (May 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,995 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Doug, Now I'm Depressed .... October 21, 2013
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This could be the strangest book review you've ever read.

First, I dislike book reviews that tell you all about the book you're going to read. If you want that style, stop reading now.

I'm also going to give you full disclosure and tell you I met the author three weeks ago at an author's meet up here in New Hampshire.

Are Doug and I friends? No. At this point we're acquaintances.

But I have a feeling we'll become friends, possibly good friends.

At the meet up Doug told us about this book and I decided to buy it as soon as I got home. Don't you just love Kindle? You get the book in seconds.

Here's what I loved about Five Minutes of Blackness:

I loved Doug's pithy sentences.
I loved the characters.
I loved the journey Jesse took.
I loved how the book switched from first to second person.
I loved the very plausible story line.

Perhaps the most profound part of the book was its powerful portrayal of an alcoholic and the underbelly of what an alcoholic faces each day. I was NOT prepared for that.

In fact, in the early parts of the book I often took a deep breath from the descriptive aspects of what the disease looks like the morning after.

Just as alcohol must rule the life of a person, alcohol fueled a good part of Five Minutes of Blackness. That's a good thing - I can tell you I'll never pooh pooh someone who says he's an alcoholic or has recovered from this debilitating disease.

Now for my depression. I thoroughly enjoy reading mysteries and thrillers. I finished this book about five days ago and have tried reading three other similar books. I can't make it past page three of any of them. They SUCK.

Doug has really raised the bar.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Jesse Collins Please! May 10, 2013
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As I read the last paragraph of this book, I wanted to read MORE. Jesse, a former FBI profiler, has been working for the San Diego PD, and barely holding onto his job. The years of heavy drinking have taken their toll and Jesse is desperate to get sober, but his efforts fail over and over again until . . . Well you will have to read the book! The great part of this book is that in spite of everything, Jesse eventually conquers the disease but not without many mishaps along the way. Of course he also is still working as a detective and gets involved with a case that challenges his well honed skills. Will he find the killer? Or will the killer get away with the crimes of murdering numerous men in a most vicious way? I could not put this book down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story! May 7, 2013
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Great detective story and very good information and realistic details of the disease of alcoholism. Great book! Way to go Doug!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, lots of twists!!! April 13, 2014
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Read this book written by a good friend on the 12 hr flight to Hawaii. Two great stories, an alcoholic cop and a twisted young woman fixated on revenge. Well written and quick moving. I hope there is a sequel, good work Doug.

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Doug has done a marvelous job of weaving the daily struggles of alcoholism into a story that had me hooked after the first few pages. I read 100 books a year, and rate this book right at the top with other main line authors. The story line works well, and takes the characters and the reader on a wild ride. I hope to see more from Doug Smith. I also gained a better perspective of what an alcohol dependent person struggles with every day, described so well by the author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great storyline February 16, 2014
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I really enjoyed this read. Kept me interested and turning page after page. Learned a lot about how strong the grip of alcohol can be and how much it can ruin lives,
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Full disclosure--the author was my once father-in-law until 2008. Doug first asked me to read and give feedback on the beginnings of his book years ago, long before it had a title, or an ending (does it have an ending now??? I'm hoping it's a to be continued...). So I was thrilled when he told me over Christmas that it had been published. I ordered it right away and read it in less than 24 hours. It's a definite page-turner, but while I found the criminal story titillating, I was much more transfixed by the main character's struggle to obtain and maintain sobriety. Doug's descriptions of Jesse's battle with his inner demons, the way he cycles through various defense mechanisms is unsentimental, but non-judgmental, and seems very authentic. Doug also weaves in just the right amount of humor with some very crafty one-liners that complement Jesse's personality. As the main protagonist, Jesse can be infuriating at times, but in the end he capable of redemption and commendation. I hope there's a sequel, though I would like to see a male criminal next time....
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4.0 out of 5 stars An amateur reviews Five Minutes of Blackness December 24, 2013
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This is a story, well written, of two people, a disease and an organization. One of them, Jesse, is a cop with two main problems. The first is that he is an alcoholic and the second is that there is a deranged killer (Kiki) out there that he is responsible for catching and the alcoholism keeps getting in the way. It is a book that you don’t want to put down. The descriptions of what his mind and body experience when he has had too much to drink are intense and were written by one who has either experienced them first hand, done good research, or both. We sympathize with Jesse and want him to overcome his addiction and catch the killer. The organization that tries to help is Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Eventually, with encouragement and a challenge by his true love and AA he straightens out. As all good crime stories do it shifts from Jesse to Kiki and back again. We discover why Kiki does what she does and how she manages to avoid getting caught. Near the end Jesse finds out where Kiki is staying and goes it alone to prove to himself that he still has it and to make up for too many five minutes of blackness in his past. He bursts through the door, hits the floor, but she is waiting for him and two shots are fired!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Have to read it again
After the first five or eight pages I couldn't put it down. Great read. I did notice that the author sorta sneakely prepared us/himself for a sequal - so lets get with it, bribng... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Duke
5.0 out of 5 stars farmmom - terrific book
Mysteries have always been one of my favorite types of fiction. Trying to figure out "whodunit" is a challenge. Read more
Published 4 months ago by joyce sherman
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Story
My daughter told me about this book. She said it would grab you right from the beginning. There are so many twists to this story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Arlene Benbenek
5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel Please !!
A good friend of mine recommend this book to me. (I recommend it to my mom) As several people have stated in these reviews… it is a great “can’t put down book”. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!
From the second I opened this book I found it very hard to put down. Doug wrote this book so well it was if I was watching a movie in my head. This is definitely a must read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tonya L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, honest look at alcoholism
I am only about 1/2 through, and I can't stop reading it, want to know how it ends........ I think,It also gives an honest look at the disease of alcoholism and how it affects... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense
This was a very interesting story. I hope that you are going to have a part two. I would really like to see Jesse get this woman and have a happily ever after with his wife. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carezee
4.0 out of 5 stars Five Minutes of Blackness
An enjoyable read, not too complicated and with a plot that kept you hungry. Having met the author while he was eating a steak sandwich, and learning about the book at that time, I... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Doug Bennett
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