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McCafferty's Nine (A Jake Hines Mystery Book 7) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Gunn
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In the seventh installment in the Jake Hines mystery series, Jake has his work cut out.

Somebody is stealing cash and charging merchandise to dozens of local credit card holders. At the same time, a purse-snatcher is assaulting women and getting rougher and more violent with each assault.

One of Jakes team catches the mugger, but Jake is confronted with the paradox of an identical crime happening elsewhere. There's great confusion about cars, signatures, and intentions. Identity, itself, begins to feel on a slippery slope.


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*Starred Review* Rutherford, Minnesota, cop Jake Hines should be happy as a clam. He is expecting his first child with his much-loved wife, Trudy; his job as a police captain is going well; and his team of detectives is shaping up nicely. But there are clouds on his happy horizon: the imminent arrival of his child has reopened old wounds from when Jake was abandoned at birth; he has started having a recurring nightmare about deadly wolves; and his current cases aren't moving toward solutions. Focusing on his work to stave off anxiety about his personal life, Jake tries to figure out how to catch a mugger whose attacks are escalating in violence; find the perpetrator of a major credit-card fraud; discover who attacked one of his best detectives; and solve the brutal murder of a college coed. What's most appealing about this book is neither the clues nor the cases but the interactions between the characters—from the humorous banter and chatter among the detectives to Jake's conversations with his very human-sounding boss to Trudy and Jake's loving, "safe within a happy marriage" teasing. Gunn is a master at mixing straight-ahead crime-solving with multitextured domestic drama. A fine book in a fine series that belongs in every good mystery collection. Melton, Emily

About the Author

A one-time innkeeper with a taste for adventure, Elizabeth Gunn has been a private pilot, a sky diver, a SCUBA diver, and a liveabord sailor. Extensive travel in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe led to a second career as a freelance travel writer, during which she also began writing a series of police procedural mysteries set in southeast Minnesota, where she grew up. Her books contrast the sometimes gritty routine of police work with the idyllic rural scenes around a mid-sized city in the midwest.

Product Details

  • File Size: 554 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Elizabeth Gunn (July 29, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0016KV368
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,172 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilly Minnesota Heats Up August 7, 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Police captain Jake Hines is back in action. This time coping with a series of muggings that are escalating in violence, credit card scam, and a very pregnant wife. The scariest part for him--the coming baby. A series of muggings with the same MO have been bothering the detectives of Rutherford, Minnesota. They are sure that murder is not far behind. When a woman is found murdered and the mugger is caught the same night. All seems to be wrapped up, then other crimes that seemed separate from this one begin to have strange similarities. In the meantime, Jake's wife, Trudy is ready to give birth and Jake is having some serious nightmares.

This seventh in the Jake Hines series is right on the mark. Characterizations are fully drawn and the mystery is tightly written. This is one police procedural that will not disappoint. And of course, I'm waiting for the next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please, please, write more of these January 18, 2008
Format:Paperback
I love this series. I accidently picked up one of them at the library. Now I have read them all. The author is EIGHTY years old. I hope she has time to write a few more. They are the greatest police procedurals imaginable. Partly they are so excellent because they top out at 200 or so pages. No padding. But I hated to finish this one. I wanted more, more, more. Thanks, Ms. Gunn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My View March 22, 2009
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It is very good. I would have liked more family time, especially with the baby, but it was well written.
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A one-time innkeeper with a taste for adventure, Elizabeth has been a private pilot, sky diver, SCUBA diver, and liveaboard sailor. Extensive travel in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe led to a second career as a free-lance travel writer, during which she began writing a series of police procedural mysteries set in southeast Minnesota, where she grew up. Her books contrast the sometimes gritty routine of police work with the idyllic rural scenes around a mid-size city in the upper midwest. Featured characters are a hard-working police detective named Jake Hines and his girlfriend, Trudy Hanson, a forensic scientist at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in St. Paul.

In her new southwest series, Elizabeth follows Sarah Burke, a homicide detective dealing with cutting-edge problems in an ancient setting. The valley that holds Tucson , Arizona , was occupied by native Americans for thousands of years before the Spanish came questing for gold and glory. Folded into the U.S. by the Gadsden Purchase in 1852, this desert city reflects its border heritage, with a polyglot population constantly growing more diverse. Sarah must deal with a colorful mix of twenty-first century adventurers: big-time builders and small-time gamblers, cotton growers and cattle herders, drug-runners and people smugglers, copper miners digging for old-style wealth and bioscientists in search of some new bonanza. Undocumented immigrants scramble up from the south as retiring boomers bring their wealth and optimism down from the north. Naturally, these people don't all mingle peacefully. Wherever their interests collide, that's an ideal spot for a crime novelist.

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