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About the Author

Pam Meister graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a degree in communications. An online political and social commentator since 2005, she has also been a lover of the true crime and crime novel genres for over a decade. She lives in Connecticut with her family. Shawn Goodwin has been a member of the Philadelphia Police Department since 1994. He is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University, and during his college career, he proudly served as a writer, features editor, and editor-in-chief of the university newspaper, The Hawk. He was the official satirist at Family Security Matters for nearly three years and has been blogging since 2005. Shawn lives in Philadelphia with his wife and four children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470094916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470094911
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,491,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shawn Goodwin has been a member of the Philadelphia Police Department since 1994. He is a graduate of Saint Joseph's University, and during his college career, he proudly served as a writer, features editor, and editor-in-chief of the university newspaper, The Hawk. He was the official satirist at Family Security Matters for nearly three years and has been blogging since 1995. Shawn lives in Philadelphia with his wife and four children.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dianna Deeley on March 22, 2012
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First, this book is quite worth your time. The crime is murder; the plot is solid; the investigation holds together; the characters are workmanlike; and the ending satisfies. A very sound entry in the world of police procedural.

That said, this is a first novel by two authors, and there are some issues.

A better job of proofreading would have helped, but I'm notoriously nit-picky on that point. The other issues are mostly hand-over of viewpoint (a common weakness, these days, even in best-selling authors); somewhat wooden characterization; and a few absolutely clanking writing choices. There is a reason for avoiding cliches - and unless one is making a joke, please, Pamela and Shawn, don't use "like the plague". Please?

All in all, a good first effort. Experience will improve the work, and I'd like to see more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katharine G. Myers on March 28, 2012
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For a first book, ONLY SON was a good read. I loved it. I loved the relationship between Bell and Nicole. I didn't solve it, but I rarely do. It was very believable, which is more than I can say for a lot of mysteries I read. The ending was a big surprise, which means Shawn Goodwin and Pam Meister will have to write a sequel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By macbrun on March 31, 2012
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This writing team does a great job of bringing out the reality of a detectives job while introducing us to some interesting main characters. A couple of easy to overlook errors do not spoil at all from the story and I am looking forward to follow-ons!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ben Blatt on April 15, 2012
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All I can say is: Read this book if you're in to police procedurals. Seriously. While there are enough rough edges to remind you that these are first time authors, the plot and characters are very reminiscent of early Ed McBain, holding the promise of many more excellent books to come from these two.
Roses are Red,
So is Bacon.
Reviews are Hard,
Bacon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth B. Nelson on April 20, 2012
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I purchased this book as a Kindle E-book at the request of the author, whose blog I follow regularly. (Support Your Local Gunslinger.com)
I found the story fairly easy to read, the characters are well developed (I liked the good guys, and disliked the bad guys), with some actual depth to them, rather than being one dimensional.
There were some editing issues, and a problem with the Kindle version having several blank pages between each chapter, others also commented on the blank pages, so it wasn't just my version.
The author has tried to give the story a gritty, Sam Spade type of flavor, but as the story progressed, this gritty aspect diminished. The gritty aspect came off as choppy, rather that gritty. I found the pace picked up partway through, and progressed to a satisfactory conclusion.

I would definitely recommend this book to readers who like a good murder mystery.
I've rated it 3 stars, mostly for editing, and the slightly choppy feel of the first half.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Wagner on April 14, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book, and was thinking "Ed McBain" after the first few chapters. If you don't know who he was, look him up. Great cop/crime novels. As usual, the Kindle edition had some flaws, which seems to be typical, but no major typos! :) I'm not going to give away the ending, but I want to know....when is the sequel coming out?? All in all, a very impressive first novel! Kudos to Shawn and Pam!
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