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Five Star First Edition Mystery - The Debt Hardcover – January 21, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star First Edition Mystery
  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star; 1 edition (January 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594142769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594142765
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,093,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...smooth prose, bumptious characters, entertaining plot and surrounds makes this a good choice where police procedurals are popular."
--Library Journal, January 2005 (Library Journal 20050101)

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I enjoy writing what I enjoy reading, everything from literary/mainstream to crime/mystery and a bit of fantasy thrown in. My favourite authors include Sciascia, Simenon, Sjowall & Wahloo and Mankell. My favourie non-fiction writer (and presenter) is Jonathan Meades. I love cats and am gluten-intolerant.

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Format: Hardcover
Horror author Carl Shaw joins New York Police Officers Steve Burnett and Sam Hollis on mobile patrol. When the cops stop for a sandwich at Lazzini's Deli, a robber shoots both cops. Carl takes out an illegal hidden gun and kills the criminal. Afterward, Carl tells Detective Mendez that he grabbed the gun from the ground where the shooter dropped it when Steve shot him. Mendez tells Steve that the gun was used in a murder of college student Sarah Westlake last year in Eastham, Vermont, Carl's hometown.

Before talking with Mendez, Steve needs to know the truth. On leave, Steve travels to Vermont, but as he investigates the case takes a strange turns. Files are missing at the periodical Eastham Courier; the link between Sarah and Carl surface; finally he accidentally meets Carl's wife in a bar. Though still sore from his injury Steve seeks the truth because if Carl is the killer he must tell Mendez what came down at the deli; if he is not a murderer, silence is golden.

More a private investigative tale than a police procedural, THE DEBT is an intriguing personnel drama as Steve believes he owes a great debt to Carl, but if the author is a killer does he turn him in or if he stays quite pay his tab. The action-packed story line moves forward rather quickly whether it takes place on the streets of New York or small town Vermont. The support cast (in both settings) consists of a fine secondary group, but this thriller belongs to the hero facing an increasingly difficult dilemma.

Harriet Klausner
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By Sissalou on June 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The reivew by Ms. Klausner covers the plot. My point is to say whether or not I liked the book well enough to buy it. Yes, I do. I was pleasantly surprised to find this author and hope he has a long and fruitful writing career. His main character, New York Police Officer Steve Burnett, is young enough that I hope Mr. Brennan writes a series with this character.
There was no sex in the book for which I was grateful. The languange was bearable, but I prefer no-sex/no-bad language. I have not commented on the paper a publisher used before--but the paper in The Debt felt really smooth and was a pleasure to feel between the fingers when holding and turning pages. I gave the book 5 stars because I liked the story, liked the character, and appreciated its relative cleanness in our day and age. But really, I would rate the story itself as 3.5 only because it was short and not really very in debth, but I do give it a 5 for the pleasure reading this book gave me. I hope there will be more books by Tom Brennan.
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