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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: TouchWood Editions (October 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926741218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926741215
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,236,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Debra Purdy Kong has a diploma in criminology and has worked as a security guard. These experiences have assisted her in creating dynamic, realistic works of crime fiction. She is the author of two other novels: Taxed to Death (1995) and Fatal Encryption (2008). Debra is a member of Crime Writers of Canada, and she has published work in several anthologies, including Crossings: An Anthology of Cross Genre Fiction and Internationally Yours: Prize-winning Stories, and in periodicals such as The Vancouver Sun, Moxie Magazine, and BC Parent Magazine. The Opposite of Dark is the first in a series.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julie H. Ferguson on March 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"The Opposite of Dark" is the first in Purdy Kong's Casey Holland mystery series published by Touchwood Editions. And I am SO glad because I'm going to have more excellent reads to look forward to on winter evenings.

This book is a page-turner that will keep you up late. It tells the story of a transit security officer, Casey, who is confronted by news that her long-dead father has died -- again. If I say more, I will reveal a tense and exciting plot that you must experience for yourself. Purdy Kong creates rounded, believable characters and sets the majority of the book in metro Vancouver, with some scenes in European capitals. Her pacing is thrilling and the story complex enough to satisfy but not defeat you. She holds you in suspense till the end. The slim clues Purdy Kong dropped in the meat of the book only became apparent to me as the story unfolded at the end. I was never quite sure "who dun it." Just what I love in a good mystery novel.

Purdy Kong's writing is compelling, realistic, and tight. Can't wait for number two!

Highly recommended if you love contemporary mysteries.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Betty Gelean on October 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
What is a daughter to do when 3 years after she has buried her father she is presented with another body identified as her father? The first thing to come to mind of course, is that he is already dead and can't be dead again. Or can he? If it wasn't such a horrifying thought, it would be almost comical. There are so many things one doesn't think of in a case such as this. In particular, the funeral home where her father was buried the first time is adamant that he is still in plot 352, so how do they handle this second burial? Who passed for her father to all who viewed the body in the casket, including his daughter Casey, to allow them to believe they were looking at one Marcus Adam Holland Which is the corpse of the real Marcus? If that weren't enough, how could her father possibly have a home in West Vancouver, if he was dead, and why, if he was in hiding, would he choose to be so near and yet not contact his daughter or his fiancé Rhonda? They were just finally getting on with their lives from his first death and now he's died again, or so it would seem. What a great plot, and I don't mean burial plot. Debra Purdy Kong has outdone herself.

The lives of the human race consist of so many secrets, I sometimes feel we could be living in two dimensions and not even know it. Casey works security for the Transit Service in Vancouver, BC, and is no stranger to awareness of her surroundings and netting several suspects for various crimes. She decides if she is ever to sort this dilemma out, she will have to go to Europe, where her Dad "died" the first time, and try to learn what he was doing there. She knows she is being followed most of the time, and that someone is looking for something, but she doesn't know who or what. She only knows she must try to find out the truth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A.E. Bruce, Amazon Customer on May 20, 2012
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Even better than "can't put down" book, The Opposite of Dark is a book I kept picking up despite being too busy to read novels at the moment.

The protagonist, Casey Holland would sympathize with my plight. She has a full plate investigating her father's deaths (yes, there were two of them) while finding a purse snatcher on the buses and looking out for her almost stepmother and stepsister.

Casey's day job with transit security is one of many perks of the read. Bounty hunters, private investigators and police detectives abound, but how many books have transit cops? Only one that I know of, and I'll be picking up the next book in the series to read more.
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