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  • File Size: 596 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: February 21, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OYTU0O
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Bestselling author, attorney, award winning newspaper columnist--J.D. Rhoades is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but with a soft creamy center. He attended the University of North Carolina, where he majored in Spelling. A stint in UNC's creative writing program resulted in his not writing another word of fiction for 13 years, unless you count legal briefs.

In 1993, Rhoades' local newspaper, the Southern Pines, North Carolina, Pilot, apparently got tired of his snarky and sarcastic letters to the editor and asked him to write a weekly column. "Hey, smart guy," they said, "you think this is so easy, you try it!" "Hey," he said, "how hard could it be?" These proved to be the very words that have gotten him in more trouble than any others in his life, except maybe "hey, gorgeous, can I buy you a drink?"

After a few years and an award for the column from the North Carolina Press Association, the same editor grudgingly allowed as how Rhoades wasn't a complete hack after all, and suggested he write a novel. "Hey," he said, "how hard can it be?" The answer, as it turns out, was "very hard indeed."

He wrote a novel. It sank like a stone. For some inexplicable reason, he wrote another. That one, THE DEVIL'S RIGHT HAND, was picked up by St. Martin's Minotaur and was nominated for the Shamus Award for Best First P.I. novel. Two more Jack Keller novels followed, as well as a stand-alone, BREAKING COVER.

In 2010, Rhoades looked at the world of e-publishing after seeing the success several friends were having with it. "Hey, he said, "how hard..." --well, you get the idea. After a couple of missteps, his backlist is now available for Kindle, as well as his e-published novels STORM SURGE, LAWYERS GUNS AND MONEY, and GALLOWS POLE. His latest novel, MONSTER: NIGHTRIDER'S VENGEANCE, was written under the pen name J.D. Nixx, and his available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Monster-Nightriders-Vengeance-ebook/dp/B007Z8M6PM

Rhoades lives, writes, and practices law in Carthage, North Carolina, where he does not usually refer to himself in the third person.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jenni Gate on January 25, 2012
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This was the first book by this author that I read, and I loved it. It was action-packed, and kept me turning the pages. Having worked in law, it rang pretty true. The mystery kept me guessing. I absolutely love the title. This book spurred me on to download the other books by JD Rhoades, and I have yet to be disappointed. Every bit as good at writing legal thrillers as Michael Connelly, you will not be disappointed by reading any of JD Rhoades' novels.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Randy Johnson VINE VOICE on February 28, 2011
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Fellow North Carolinian J. D. Rhoades paints a picture of a small town entirely familiar to me. We have them all over the state and I feel at home reading his books. Of course, we don't get the action in his stories(good) though. But one gets a nice diversion that keeps you interested as he moves the story along at a nice pace to the slam bang conclusion.

Andy Cole is a criminal lawyer who's carved a nice career representing clients in court. He knows who to smooze, who the power brokers are, and believes himself to be among those who do.

he gets a rude awakening when he's hired to defend Danny Fairgreen, the white sheep of the criminal clan. Andy believes him innocent, but suddenly starts getting pressure to let this one skate. He suddenly realizes he's not what he thought he was and has to make a decision that could affect him personally. And those who work for and with him.

If you like a good thriller, get this one for your Kindle.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Malley on February 26, 2011
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Here's what I love about the Kindle revolution: Ebook self-publishing has made it possible for great authors to bring us their work direct. For writers like JD Rhoades, and for readers who want top-notch suspense, this is fantastic.

Rhoades writes a fast paced thriller, a novel that keeps you turning pages well past your bedtime. His characters are full and deep and real. In a genre where so many characters feel like cardboard cut-outs, Rhoades writes believable people. Their choices are intelligent, their faults human, the ways they interact as believable as they are unpredictable. Lawyers, Guns and Money isn't just exciting, it's *smart*.

I'm writing this review from the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake. Long days of shoveling silt and shifting rubble are tiring as hell, but Lawyers Guns and Money still kept me up late, reading first by electric headlamp until the power was restored. I was so engrossed, I barely noticed the aftershocks!

I absolutely LOVED this book. My only wish is that Rhoades writes more, faster!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. White on March 6, 2012
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Andy Cole is a defense attorney in the small Southern town of Blainesville. With the exception of going off to school, Andy's been in the same town his whole life, joining his father's law practice upon graduation. When his father died Andy became the keeper of the firm's secrets, and has made a nice living using his deep-rooted knowledge of the local people and courts to his clients' advantage.

It being a small town, a lot of Andy's business comes from repeat clients. So it's no surprise when biggest repeat client Voit Fairgreen, the closest thing Blainesville has to a crime boss, shows up in Andy's office with a bag of cash and the need for Andy's skills. What is a surprise is that it's Voit's brother, Danny, who's in trouble. Generally the `white sheep' of an otherwise criminally inclined family, Danny's been arrested for murder. Being charged with murder is serious enough as it is, but it certainly doesn't help when the victim was a well-known, attractive, young blonde who was brutally butchered in the kitchen of her own home. It's decidedly not good, actually, but still potentially able to be overcome. Oh, except there's the little matter of Danny having been seen with the victim earlier in the evening on which she was killed, not to mention he was found passed out in a chair mere feet from the victim's nearly disemboweled body. Yeah... that's gonna be a problem.

Or is it? Right from the beginning of Andy's investigation weird things start to happen. First, he's not allowed to examine the crime scene despite it having been `cleared' by the forensics team, something that's normally routine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kelli Athas on May 1, 2012
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J.D. Rhoades has created characters that I feel I like I've known for years. In small town USA everybody's connected to everybody and this town is no different. But the way this tale intertwines every one's past with the current situation at hand is flawless! Andy is so likeable you want to have a beer with him. He walks the fine-line between being a good....no GREAT lawyer and not being pulled over to "the dark-side" even after he finds out it might be in his genes! The relationship between Andy and Elizabeth, the new owner of the town's newspaper is as endearing as it is entertaining. From start to finish this book keeps EVERYONE asking the question, "Who can I trust?" And "Who REALLY committed the murder?" The writing is truly entertaining and the plot actually does thicken throughout the book. Thankfully, all my questions were answered and I placed another book and author on my "Must-Have" list!

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