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Brenham Puts The Thrill in Crime Thriller - 5 Stars

 . . . an enjoyable, unpredictable and a surprisingly heart wrenching crime thriller . . . the added back stories which lent to the mystery and danger as they sifted through the many clues and police policy red tape to let justice prevail in conjunction with a bit of revenge. A truly talented writer can tell a story so realistically that you could believe the plot was derived from an actual occurrence. Brenham has done this . . .

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Beyond simply creating a believable, 'flesh and blood' protagonist Brenham crafts a multi-faceted story . . . Brenham does a masterful job of bringing all the subplots together in the closing chapters of the novel . . . From the shocking opening scene to the startling conclusion, Price of Justice provides the suspense and psychological depth one expects to find in a first rate thriller. I highly recommend this novel.

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I've done a lot of writing in my life both as an attorney and as a police officer.  Now I wanted to try writing crime fiction. It turned out to be a very rewarding experience, teaching me a lot about about writing mysteries and thrillers in general.The finished product was Price of Justice.

It's a good solid mystery /police procedural novel that tells two stories: one, written in 3rd person POV, follows a grieving Austin police detective working within the framework of the law to stop pedophiles, and the other, written in 1st person POV,  about a police crime analyst/mother out for vengeance against the same pedophiles. The book deals with their mutual attraction and how each changes the other. It also asks the question whether taking justice into your own hands is ever justified.
I tried to keep the book an interesting and easy read by including some memorable and likeable characters, and some not so likeable. This detective thriller was great fun to write. Lots of suspense. When I let the characters tell the story, instead of forcing it, I was pleasantly surprised at how it ended.
It's a good suspenseful mystery filled with some interesting themes. I hope you will give Price of Justice a look.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479156345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479156344
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,815,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Alan Brenham is the pen name of Alan Behr, a Texas criminal law attorney and former law enforcement officer.

His first crime novel, Price of Justice, won several awards including best in police/crime fiction. A second novel, Cornered, was released by Black Opal Books on Amazon on July 13, 2014 in print format. A third novel, titled Rampage, is expected to be released on July 4, 2015. He's writing his fourth and fifth novels, with more to come.

He was born in upstate New York, in the small Catskill Mountains town of Delhi. He worked as a Texas law enforcement officer for over seventeen years and as a criminal prosecutor and later criminal defense attorney for over twenty-five years. Today he lives in the Austin, Texas, area with his wife, Lillian.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thalia on January 21, 2013
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Price of Justice follows the form of most crime/suspense novels of its genre...but for double the intensity. For in this thriller, two of the main characters, both invariably investigating the crimes at hand, have a personal vengeance to claim.
Meet Detective Jason Scarsdale who, in investigating the murder of 9-year-old Amy Crowell, is still coming to terms with the loss of his own wife a mere five weeks ago. Now, he must find Amy's real murderer and the leader of a cruel paedophile ring, whilst becoming his own young daughters' sole support. A challenging task, given Scarsdale was ready to blow his own brains out in the opening scenes of the book.

Next, we meet Demi Mueller, a.k.a. Karla Engel, defense attorney and crime analyst who lost her own 10-year-old daughter to the hands of rape and murder. She has yet to overcome the death of her daughter, whose death she avenged by murdering her killer when he failed to be convicted by the jury system (hence, her change in name and subsequent move upstate). She now finds herself working towards the same goals as Scarsdale, only she plans out her own outcomes...butchering murderers in the same way they butchered their victims.

Not surprisingly, a bond forms between Scarsdale and Mueller, with Mueller forming a particularly close relationship with the Detective's own young daughter. What follow, in true crime style, are the abduction of his daughter and the kidnap of Mueller, leaving a wounded Scarsdale to pick up the pieces of his shattered life.

Author Alan Brenham is a talented writer and does a fine job of building the tension throughout the story. Though I felt some of the subplots were predictable, there were enough surprises to keep me page-turning and enjoying the drama. I appreciated the ending, and Brenham's careful restraint in playing out the relationship between Scarsdale and Mueller. Highly recommended read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Lanham on March 8, 2013
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`Price of Justice' begins with a dramatic entry of our main character, Detective Jason Scarsdale, about to commit suicide in his car.
Scardsdale is still grieving and struggling day to day with the untimely loss of his wife. Her death is one which he feels personally responsible for, having sent his wife on the errand that ended her life, their life, forever.
He turns his grief into a fuel, immersing himself in his work to bring down a horrific murderer, someone who truly did not deserve to be alive.

Author Alan Brenham did an amazing job on this novel. He really pulled this story together with his ability to really bring his characters to life. Reading the book you feel really connected with Jason Scarsdale, as though you had known him your entire life. Alan also has a very in depth understanding of law enforcement that gave him the ability to really open the eyes of the reader. What an excellent read! I am definitely hooked. I would really like to see this book turn into a series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By michael a. draper VINE VOICE on June 11, 2014
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Dani Mueller legally changed her name and relocated to Austin after her daughter was murdered and the accused was acquitted. Later, the body of this man was found in a public area. The man's family believed that Dani killed him and begins harassing and stalking her.

Her current job is as a crime scene investigator with the Austin Police Department. She attends the trial of another man accused of murdering a child about the same age as Dani's daughter. This man is acquitted and Dani decides to provide her own brand of justice but someone beats her to it.

Det. Jason Scarsdale is dealing with his own tragedy. He lost his wife recently and his desire to live. Then, he's reminded of what a special person his five-year-old daughter, Shannon is.

He becomes involved in investigating two murders and comes into contact with Dani at work. She provides good assistance but someone is stalking her and she's worried that the brother of the man who killed her daughter will come after her when that man is released from prison.

Dani meets Shannon at the bring your child to work day. They bond together and fill and empty spot in each other's hearts. Then, just as Jason thinks things couldn't get worse, Shannon's grandmother comes into the picture and creates a major headache for Jason.

Jason and Dani are good characters. The author does a good job in telling the story from their own points of view. The evil characters in the story are truly evil, with a group of men involved in child pornography and pedophelia. With the good characters so sympathetic and the evil ones so bad, we have the ingredients of a very good mystery.

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Clark on December 16, 2013
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This book looked like a good read but I was pleasantly surprised as it ranked even higher than I expected.
I had a hard time putting it down. I stayed up late reading because every time I started to end for the evening something occurred to keep me reading.

I finally decided to keep reading until I finished as I knew I would lie awake wondering what would happen next if I didn’t finish reading.

The story centers around two characters- both who have suffered from terrible occurrences in their personal lives.

The crime the story centers around is regarding a pedophile.

Detective Scarsdale is the main character. The tragic death of his wife throws his life into a tailspin. Police Analyst Dani Mueller is the other top character. She has a past history kept closely secreted that now due to circumstances she can’t keep hidden much longer- or can she?

I appreciated the consistent attention to detail throughout this book. The author took care to craft characters who were very real.

The situations, including certain smells, also were fine -tuned by the author in a way that made me feel that I was in the room.

The story unfolds at a good pace and keeps you thinking all the way through. The pace really picks up steam at about 70% of the way through and makes your brain go at double speed to keep up with the twists and turns.

Around the 80% mark, fasten your seat belt and settle into your seat because if you’re like me, you won’t be moving until you reach the end of the book.

And if you’re like me- you’ll hate to reach the end of the book but the ending will not disappoint you.

As an added note- the author added various quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I found each quote to be very thought provoking and looked forward to reading each one as I started the next chapter.
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