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Product Details

  • Series: Lieutenant George Hastings (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (March 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312361564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312361563
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,981,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Stock characters undermine an intriguing plot in Hunt's flat fifth novel, which features St. Louis police detective George Hastings, introduced in 2007's The Betrayers. When two men shoot a young lawyer, Tom Myers, and abduct Myers's fiancée soon after the couple left a Christmas party in a posh suburb, the authorities have few leads into the murder and kidnapping. The appealing Hastings, a dedicated cop and divorced father with custody of his stepdaughter, must dig deep into the relationships of the victims to unearth clues that might lead him to the perpetrators. While the plot moves at a good clip and Hunt manages some effective scenes, including a brilliant ransom drop, most of the supporting characters—the charismatic con man, the manipulative trophy wife, the rich and oblivious nerd—come off as one-dimensional. Hopefully, Hunt will return to form in his next book. (Mar.)
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Praise for Goodbye Sister Disco

“The superbly drawn characters in this mix of thriller and police procedural would do Joseph Wambaugh or Michael Connelly proud… This is still another fine piece of work from the author of the Maitland series and two other top-notch stand-alones.”
--Booklist (starred review)

“Hunt’s roller coaster of a crime thriller has it all—great characters, plenty of action, and a nail-biting ending. For fans of police procedurals.”
--Library Journal (starred review)

“Hunt sets his plot in motion with such quick, sure strokes and sketches even minor characters with such authority… Pure pleasure.”
--Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Betrayers

“Compares favorably to Elmore Leonard’s early urban crime novels. His protagonists are intelligent, self-aware, and capable of swift, harsh action. And no one is better at capturing the flirty-but-keep-your-distance banter between the sexes. Tracy and Hepburn got nothin’ on this guy. Plan ahead and clear a shelf for James Patrick Hunt. He’s the real deal.”
Booklist (starred review)

“Densely woven, economical and utterly assured. Relative newcomer Hunt plots like a veteran of urban warfare.”
--Kirkus Reviews

“Intriguing… His landscape abounds with quirky characters of all stripes; some are great company and others can crack wise and kill at the same time.”
Publishers Weekly

“Fast, gritty, and convincing. Crime fiction at its best.”
—Lee Child, author of Bad Luck and Trouble

“Intricate, completely convincing, and scorching hot, The Betrayers is reminiscent of the best of Elmore Leonard.… Yes, it’s that good.”
—George Pelecanos, author of The Night Gardener

“A classic big-city police procedural that flickers like a black-and-white movie across the imagination.”
—Denise Hamilton, author of Prisoner of Memory


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carol Lackey on November 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Suspicions arise and interest grows page-by-page from the first few minutes in this well-written detective story. The author provides a very engaging plot, while bestowing upon the reader an interest to see this to the end; providing insider's understanding of the work of murder detective. You will stay up till you are finished reading this book, and yearn for more of James Patrick Hunt's work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on April 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This well-crafted mystery, with richly described characters, will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Set in the Midwest, St. Louis and surrounding cities provide the backdrop for Lieutenant Hastings as he experiences the ultimate chase of his law enforcement career. Ordered to investigate a homicide and abduction of a highly visible heiress, Hastings calls upon his intuition and investigative skills to track down ruthless kidnappers.

As you can imagine, local law enforcement is trumped by the FBI in running the big show, and politics and posturing are clearly going to run their course when solving the question of where the heiress is hidden. Will the kidnappers return her even after the ransom is paid by her father at the end of a terrifying and life-threatening "drop?" Is she dead or alive?

Enter into the life of the serious, dedicated and focused homicide Lieutenant Hastings, and you'll definitely be caught up in a riveting, suspenseful, compelling and deadly chase against time.

Armchair Interviews says: If you like police procedurals like this, check out Hunt's other books.
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Format: Hardcover
In an affluent part of St. Louis, attorney Tom Myers and wealthy Cordelia Penmark attend a Christmas Party thrown by his firm's senior partner Sam Fisher. They leave the gala and go to his BMW5. While she waits in the passenger seat, he puts the key into the driver's side door when she notices two men seemingly come out of nowhere on each side of the car. The one on Tom's side pulls the trigger of his gun twice killing him. They abduct Cordelia.

St. Louis police detective George Hastings is selected to work with the FBI because of his recent work exposing a bad Fed (see THE BETRAYERS) on the homicide-kidnapping case that has very few clues as money is not the prime motivator though Cordelia's dad is wealthy; apparently political posturing is. Hastings investigates family members of both victims hoping to find a clue that will lead him to the culprits and save the life of the young woman, but most are not forthcoming with the truth. Still he prods each of them motivated by knowing how he as a divorced father with custody of his stepdaughter would die if this happened to her.

GOODBYE SISTER DISCO is a fascinating police procedural starring a likable lead character who diligently works the case with a law enforcement team distrusting of one another and two seemingly disinterested families. The story line is fast-paced with plenty of action that grips the audience as the hero begins to slowly out together the true motive. Although the support cast is stereotypically weak, sub-genre fans will enjoy James Patrick Hunt's entertaining tour of St. Louis.

Harriet Klausner
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By EinLA on October 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
A terrific homicide/kidnapping police procedural with some interesting twists and very believable characters. Excellent dialogue, believable story line, not overly violent. This is first rate! I don't know why the author isn't as famous as the elite in this field as his writing, characters and plots are as good as anyone else writing in this genre - and better than quite a few! Don't miss it!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James J. McGilvray on March 26, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Kept me turning to the next page, and the next. A gripping story with lots of twists and turns. Recommended.
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