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Kiss Her Goodbye [Kindle Edition]

Harvey Burgess
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Book Description

%Houston Cash is an ex-cop turned private investigator who doesn’t expect his life to be
extraordinary, and that’s just how he likes it. But that’s rarely how it seems to work out for him. His cases tend to take him places where he has to
employ his skills, his sense of humor, and his sense of right and wrong to maximum effect to solve the problems of the interesting people who walk through his door. Though his network of friends and contacts help him navigate the labyrinths he encounters, it almost always boils down to Houston’s own abilities to see a case
through to the end.

When Houston makes the acquaintance of a bank executive’s wife, he finds himself thrust in a world of money, sex, murder, and double-crosses; it’s just another day for a detective (or so it seems). But this woman is about to lead him on a path of twists and
turns with an unexpected finale, and not everyone survives. Can Houston’s instincts help him stay out of too much of the trouble she represents?

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About the Author

Harvey Burgess is a career journalist who specializes in crime reporting. He has covered everything from the US Supreme Court to national and international stories. He served as a police officer before beginning his second career as an author. An avid sportsman and movie buff, he now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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  • File Size: 408 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: iUniverse (September 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005XMA04G
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,005,218 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and addictive August 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Houston Cash is an ex-cop who has opened up his own private eye firm. When a gorgeous woman comes into his office and says she believes she has a stalker, Cash is ready to take on the job. With things becoming more interesting and going off in unexpected directions, Cash quickly wonders what he got himself involved with.

Burgess painted his characters with a realistic brush, making them relatable and thereby humanizing them. One thing that I wish there was less of was comparisons to movies/TV or actors, because some of them didn't mean anything to me. An author has to be careful when using these types of comparisons that they don't lose their reader. The narrative also had included a lot of clichéd phrases, but I appreciate the character (Cash) is an older man so he would think this way. I just think maybe the author could have used a little less of them.

But overall I would certainly recommend KISS HER GOODBYE. The twists and turns in the book provided wonderful pacing and made the reading time enjoyable and addictive.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and Entertaining August 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Two thumbs up for Harvey Burgess and "Kiss Her Goodbye".

After reading the first available pages on Amazon, I couldn't put it down so I purchased it. This plot is well written, with likeable characters that I hope Harvey brings into the next book as well. I'm anxious to see what Houston Cash's next assignment will be.

I won't mention much about the story line since there are other reviews as well, but if you want something fun, entertaining, well written and with very likeable characters I recommend this book. Seriously, I mean it. You don't want to miss this. :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I read the last third of this book in a 2 hours. The pacing is tremendous. Harvey left me desperate to know what happened at the end of each chapter or section. Had to keep going.

Houston Cash is incredibly likable--a great protagonist. He is smart and savvy and wise. I agree with all the other reviews in this regard. The use of the first person and the fact that the reader stays inside Houston's head really adds to the ease with which the book is read. Houston's persona is entirely comfortable to inhabit. Kudos to Harvey on that!

Here's why it only gets a 4.5. Cissy's character and the various twists that her decisions added to the plot made her seem not entirely together. Of course, she was troubled and unhappy, but all characters act rationally in the context of her motivations. I honestly needed more about what was going on in Cissy's head. To Harvey's credit, few writers could have revealed as much about a character who was not the first person protagonist as Harvey did. From my reading, it became clear that Cissy bore a well of unhappiness and desperation inside her rivaling that of Flaubert's Emma Bovary. I wanted to see more of that.

Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this read and will be looking forward to the future adventures of Houston Cash.

@WixSimon
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Kiss Her Goodbye: A Houston Cash Novel

This book has so many twists and turns in it, that you keep solving the mystery (wrongly) throughout the entire book. This is a blend of James Patterson, Agatha Christie and John Grisham all in one.

The twists began almost immediately, the main character, Houston Cash, was hired by a beautiful woman. She said she was being followed, but as Houston starts out on his investigation, following his new client, he starts questioning how truthful his client has really been.

Love the book! If you are in NC you should check the author's website for book signing opportunities. You can write the author from his blog: [...]

This is the first of what I hope will be a very long series of books. Congratulations, Harvey on a great book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting read! February 29, 2012
By everett
Format:Hardcover
Kiss Her Goodbye is an exciting read. I had a hard time putting the book down. Burgess' writing style makes this book easy to read and easy to understand, while keeping you in suspense throughout. Although it starts out like so many other detective mysteries, it quickly gets you so engrossed you move from page to page wondering what is goind to happen next. Not to devulge the ending, but will say that you will not see it coming. As an avid reader I am anxiously waiting for more of Houston Cash's adventures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good"buy" March 2, 2012
By Reed
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. I am not normally a mystery/crime reader. I appreciated Harvey's wit and I laughed out loud quite a few times at the unexpected turns and the colorful characters. I will certainly read anything else he writes. If you are looking for a enjoyable book that will take you on several twists and turns, then by all means kiss this Good"buy" and keep it for your own!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathing life back into mystery's February 28, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I'll admit, when I first started reading this I was worried. The book begins in a very familiar way, PI in a shabby office - a loner of sorts, not much work and not much to go home to besides his cat. And in walks this beautiful young woman, a trophy wife to a multi-millionaire banker. She's mysterious, hiding something, and needs his help. Now the main character, Houston Cash, played up his somewhat clichéd life, but as I was reading I thought "Oh he didn't just go there, did he?" afraid this would be another detective novel like the thousands before it.

But Burgess has fine tuned his craft, and echoes the talent of the masters like John Sanford, Robert B. Parker, and Ed McBain. Just as apprehension started to churn, Burgess quickly pulled me into the story with the first of many twists. You're not very deep into the book before you feel like you're beside Houston on this journey, wondering what the hell happened and how to make sense of all these pieces that don't seem to fit together.

I've read mysteries/detective novels for probably over twenty years, its one of my favorite genres. And although I love it, most authors fall flat in one area; having characters that come to life on the page. Burgess however, has triumphed this, and gives a cast of characters with their own voices, standing alone on the page and alive in your mind. Burgess succeeds on that level so many have come just shy of achieving.

And having read this genre for so many years, I've acquired the ability to see plot twists and endings from miles away. Seldom am I surprised by something, and although I still enjoy these books, endings leave me with an "I told you so" feeling more often than anything else. This book though, tripped me up a few times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
Interesting book with many plot twists, I only gave it 4 because I'm not sure about the ending, you read & let me know... portateck@msn.com
Published 28 days ago by Michael Sweeney
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and a little old school-nicely done...
This story is well told. Burgess seems to channel Raymond Chandler and Robert Parker with his first person narrative that flows well. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jon Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars PI Fiction At Its Best
Harvey Burgess throws enough twists and turns into KISS HER GOODBYE to keep even the most fanatical PI fan guessing! Read more
Published 22 months ago by GAE-LYNN WOODS
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome mystery
This book introduces a new author to watch for. A great story with lots of story lines that keep you turning pages. Loved it.
Published on November 18, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read!
Love, love this book. I could hardly put it down. Intense read that keeps you guessing with twists and turns along the way until the end. Can't wait for the sequel!
Published on March 20, 2012 by spengland
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars All Over
This book actually has several five-star reviews under 2 other categories. Not sure why those reviews aren't also listed in the Kindle edition? Great book, by the way.
Published on March 2, 2012 by Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars kiss her goodbye
very easy and attention capturing read.author must had a few friends that really impressed him.looking forward to the next one. Read more
Published on March 2, 2012 by bubba2
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More About the Author

Harvey Burgess is an award-winning journalist and ex-cop who now writes fiction for a living. Based in Charlotte, NC, Burgess has drawn on his experience in law enforcement for his debut novel, "Kiss Her Goodbye," the first of what will be a series of hardboiled detective novels featuring private eye Houston Cash. Also, to honor his sister's battle with breast cancer, Burgess has pledged to donate 50% of royalties from the book to fight the disease. "Kiss Her Goodbye" is an award-winning finalist in the Indie Excellence Book Awards and was named the number one adult novel in the United Kingdom by writer, columnist and talk show host Melanie Winrow. A Charlotte native, Burgess has worked as a reporter, columnist and editor for several newspapers in the southeast U.S. He's also served as a cop, a paramedic, a firefighter and a broadcast journalist. He has covered numerous high-profile national and international news stories and interviewed everyone from presidents and royalty to movie stars and scores of newsmakers. He's a winner of numerous national and regional writing awards and is active in a number of civic organizations. In his own words, he leads a life guided by a single mantra: "Why not?"

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