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Motherless Children [Kindle Edition]

Dennis Fisher
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Danny Tobin is a killer. He knows death in the way others know life. He knows its smells, he knows its touch, he knows the lovely promises it will always fail to keep and he knows the euphoria it can bring.

Danny Tobin is also a cop.

When a vicious late-summer storm on the coast of Massachusetts leads to the discovery of eight dead prostitutes in an abandoned cranberry bog in the wealthy town of Duxbury, Danny, a driven and conflicted state police detective, is pulled into a complex investigation that will reach all the way to the top of the department and force him to deal with events, emotions–and people–from his past that he thought he’d buried for good.

Danny quickly focuses on a reclusive Brazilian named DeSilva and his nephew Alves whom he discovers have been running the low-end sex trade for years in the Boston suburbs, discreetly supplying their customers with barely teenage girls plucked off the streets of villages all over South America. Haunted by his failure to protect his younger sister from a predator years earlier, Danny and his partner Frank “Tex” Teixeira go after DeSilva and his men with a vengeance.

As the investigation deepens, so does Danny’s budding relationship with Caroline, a beautiful young doctoral student who also has drawn the attention of DeSilva. Soon, Danny and Tex find themselves in the middle of a brutal internecine war that forces Danny to confront some ugly truths about himself and those around him that threaten to destroy his friendship with Tex, their careers and even their own families.

Motherless Children is a story about the small decisions that can define our lives, the true nature of good and evil and finding the strength to do what needs to be done–regardless of the consequences.

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About the Author

Dennis Fisher is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer. He got his start as a newspaper reporter covering murder trials and major crime. For the last twelve years he has specialized in writing about information security and privacy. He is currently the editor-in-chief of Threatpost, a leading security news site and is a frequent speaker on security and privacy topics at industry conferences. His work has appeared in a number of national publications, including Boston magazine, The Improper Bostonian, Newsmax magazine, Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge and The Boston Globe. Motherless Children is his first novel. Contact: www.motherlesschildrenbook.com

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  • File Size: 462 KB
  • Print Length: 446 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475194161
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TX62P8
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motherless Children September 6, 2012
By Bogey
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I have never read Dennis Fisher before but I liked everything about this book. Compelling story, good characters, lots of action and a sobering finish. I couldn't find any other books by him but I'll be looking because this was a great read and I want more.
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Wow, I have had this book sitting in my Kindle for a few months before I started reading it because I have a problem... if I like a book and it pulls me in, I can't stop reading it. (Which is sometimes a problem since I have kids, a job, other responsibilities, etc...) So, I finally opened this book up two days ago, and had to finish it last night because it was too exciting to put down.

The book is great. You get the feeling in the first 25 pages of the book what's going on, and how the mystery might be solved. And yet, you are confused, there aren't enough pieces in the puzzle yet, so you're not sure. This goes on right up until the last 50 pages or so when things finally come to a head.

The character development is great. I am really looking forward to the next book starring Danny Tobin, as he is presented as a compelling, yet troubled figure. And it was nice to hear about some areas in Virginia I know, some areas in Massachusetts I've visited, and of course a little bit of security and hacking here and there which is always appealing to me.

Bottom line is, get this book and read it. It's entertaining, exciting, and will be hard to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book....you should read it! Today! July 31, 2012
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Read this between two different flights earlier this week. Totally absorbing book of the old fashioned murder mystery genre. Solidly written, great plot, some good twists, and doesn't get hung up on any technology that Dennis Fisher is known for writing about at his "day job".

Strongly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome !! July 9, 2012
By Tpy
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Great story & a very fast read. Love story & a crime story in one. I couldnt put it down. Can't wait for his next book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a great summer mystery read? May 21, 2012
Format:Paperback
If you live in Massachusetts, specifically on Cape Cod or in the New Bedford area you will love this book. Set in and around the cranberry bogs of Plymouth, Dennis Fisher has crafted a fast paced mystery with a well crafted plot, interesting clearly defined characters and witty, but believable dialogue. I was into this book from the first page and finished it in two settings. Danny Tobin, the protagonist is a complex charatcter whose life experience has lead him to operate in and out of the boundries of his job as a Massachusetts State Police Homicide Dectective. Danny is not as likeable as Robert Parker's Spencer, but in many ways he is a more real character. I sometimes liked him and often did not, but by the end of the book, I was hoping that Dennis Fisher has a series planned for Danny. Near the conclusion of the book there is a suggestion that Danny might be moving out of Massachusetts. I hope not. There needs to be another mystery series set in Massachusetts. The beautiful and sometimes eerie environment of Cape Cod, I think, provides a rich setting for a series much like Florida does for James Hall's main character, Thorn. This book is an enteraining read at any time, but I would especially recommend it for your summer reading list especially if you are vacationing on Cape Cod.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Motherless' Meets the Mark May 7, 2012
By Dubs
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Fisher has penned a high-speed, riveting, and intriguing novel. First-person narratives are hard to pull off, but he nails it, giving us a protagonist just flawed enough to be real. Reminiscent of Elmore Leonard, Fisher's book pops with witty, local, fast-paced dialogue. As a former Federal Agent, I can attest to the authenticity of his 'cop talk', and respect the fact that he presents the main character in such human terms. A damn good first novel - I eagerly anticipate the next installment!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I read lots of fiction, but not much of it is fast-paced, hardboiled crime stuff. I am more of a literary fiction type, leaning toward T.C. Boyle, Milan Kundera, David Mitchell, and the like. Boy was it fun to read this book!

I venture to say if you are a fan of fast-paced thrillers, you'll totally dig this book. It is snappily written with a clear, consistent (if not quirky) voice. And it's a page turner for sure.

As a computer security guy, I particularly enjoyed all of the references to various inside jokes and knowledge. I'm sure that avid runners will feel the same about the running content.

Buy this book and read it at the beach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motherless Children delivers April 22, 2012
By Gonzo
Format:Kindle Edition
Dennis Fisher's debut novel is a ripping yarn that grabs you by the collar from page one and never lets go. Well paced and well plotted, Motherless Children reads like the best of Lehane or Leonard with a little Hiaasen-like humor for good measure. The dialogue is gritty, dirty, moving, and real and the characters are so well developed is hard to believe this is Fisher's first foray into fiction. Also, for a wash-ashore from the mid-Atlantic, the author knows the lay of the land in southern New England as well as any old swamp Yankee. And it's a good thing, too, because for all its dead women, international meanies,and conflicted cops, Motherless Children depends a great deal on place... the the dark, twisted, mysterious, and seemingly unfathomable character that is rural, coastal Massachusetts. Fisher understands the place and he knows people and he wove them together into a first-rate tale of crime, conflict, and redemption. A great summer read, though probably not if you're sitting alone on Long Beach in Plymouth, Mass. after sundown.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plot and character development
I really enjoyed this book, despite the fact that it is quite violent in places. The plot was fast moving, intricate, and made sense in the end and the character development was... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Woody
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, exciting read
This debut novel is engaging, entertaining, and difficult to put down. I read the majority of it on a single flight, then finished it later that evening (at the expense of being... Read more
Published on May 24, 2012 by chriseng
5.0 out of 5 stars I read this book in two sitting I could not put it down.
Dennis Fisher has created a masterpiece. His imagery and descriptions are marvelous and his settings are second to none. I hope this is his first novel in a long series to come.
Published on May 22, 2012 by P Woodward
5.0 out of 5 stars Start of a great ride
This was a fantastic first novel and I'm already anticipating the next adventures. On top of a great plot, Fisher does an excellent job weaving in back stories and creating... Read more
Published on May 22, 2012 by civey
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Yarn with Can't put down vibes
I must recuse myself as we know Dennis Fisher as the former college roommate of our son. That caveat is necessary as I was a little hesitant to read it at my sons request - Wow,... Read more
Published on May 22, 2012 by Margot Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, good characters, and accelerates to the end
Motherless Children is a great read with strong characters, great environments, and a well constructed, taunt, plot. Read more
Published on May 15, 2012 by rm
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not all rainbows and butterflies, but what thriller novel is?
I didn't just rate this as 5 stars because the author is my friend. I rated it 5 stars because it deserved it. Read more
Published on May 8, 2012 by KTEB
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Dennis Fisher is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer. He got his start as a newspaper reporter covering murder trials and major crime. For the last twelve years he has specialized in writing about information security and privacy. He is currently the editor-in-chief of Threatpost, a leading security news site and is a frequent speaker on security and privacy topics at industry conferences. His work has appeared in a number of national publications, including Boston magazine, The Improper Bostonian, Newsmax magazine, Harvard Business School's Working Knowledge and The Boston Globe. Motherless Children is his first novel.

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