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Protector (Jane Perry Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Laurel Dewey
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Here is the gut-wrenching, heartrending story of hard-bitten Denver homicide detective Jane Perry and nine-year-old Emily Lawrence. Emily has witnessed the murder of her parents — murders authorities believe have ties to a larger wave of crime. But Emily can’t recall a thing about the killings. When the murderers come after Emily, Jane’s boss sends the two of them to a remote town in Colorado. There, Jane, who doesn’t have a maternal bone in her body, must pose as Emily’s mother and serve as her protector. At the same time, she needs to help Emily slowly remember the devastating event without traumatizing her further.

And while she does so, the killer is closing in . . . .

Protector marks the debut of Jane Perry, an immensely flawed, utterly sympathetic character. She will shock you, confound you, astonish you, and ultimately grip your soul.

Editorial Reviews


"A great novel and a fabulous mystery." --Mysterious Reviews


"A unique, entertaining, emotionally powerful, deftly crafted, highly recommended work that will leave the reader looking eagerly toward Laurel's next foray into the mystery/suspense genre."

Product Details

  • File Size: 1016 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The; 1 edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,096 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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258 of 267 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding FIRST novel February 25, 2007
Laurel Dewey has crafted a memorable tale full of mystery and emotion in this debut novel.

Denver Homicide Detective Jane Perry is a hard-nosed, no-nonsense cop who is on the verge of a breakdown. She was physically abused by her father years ago, and the emotional turmoil from that abuse keeps rearing its ugly head. It has driven Jane to the bottle, and she has separated herself from everyone who tries to get close to her. When her latest case ends in the death of an innocent child, Jane doesn't know how much more she can take.

Suddenly Jane finds herself in the middle of another case where a young girl's life is in danger. Emily Lawrence's parents have been brutally murdered, and Emily is the only witness to the crime. As Jane and Emily draw closer together, they discover that they share an uncanny psychic connection that neither can explain.

As Jane takes on the role of Emily's personal protector, she begins to discover the ugly truth behind the murder of Emily's parents. Jane must now put her life on the line as Emily's protector while she finds a way to bring justice to the killer who wants Emily dead.

Laurel Dewey spins a fantastic suspense yarn, but this story is driven by the relationship of Jane and Emily. Jane finds hope and redemption through her connection to Emily, and Emily's character is captivating as she slowly chips away the wall that Jane has built around her emotions.

This is a story that will tug at your heartstrings, and Dewey reminds us of the importance of family and relationships.

Armchair Interviews says: This is an outstanding beginning to what is sure to be a successful writing career for Laurel Dewey.
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99 of 109 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read despite the language February 23, 2011
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It takes a chapter for the book to take hold, then it does become a good read. Jane is an alcoholic, stressed out detective and the only person that a young witness will speak to. The story has a good plot, and some twists and turns if you can get beyond all the language. While I'm sure that overworked detectives do use this language, there are so many 'f' words in the book, that it becomes tedious. A few strewn throughout the book in tense situations could have been a bit of 'shock' value, but an excess simply becomes overkill. Despite that, there's a decent story buried in here and a point where Jane's rough edges turn to points of compassion.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Protector March 7, 2007
I do not want to give away the plot to this amazing book so all I will say is Laurel Dewey is a brand new author that will give Grisham, Stuart Woods and James Patterson a run for their money. I am a mystery fan and this is the best mystery I have read in years and years, perhaps ever!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars good plot, little sophistication February 26, 2011
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Most of the less positive reviews for this novel have complained of the language, the constantly recurring "F+++ you" that is used in place of actual dialogue throughout the book. My main complaint lies in the inaccurate or imprecise use of the rest of the English language, interfering with the imagery that would support the creative plot and draw the reader further in. "Hairpin anger," rather than "hairtrigger", for example. "He touched her hand lovingly" intends to indicate compassion and support from Dan- but it's a first date. Gently, maybe? The sheriff and others are seen as "plodding across the meadow" although it's a life and death chase. And finally, the editor should have caught the repeated use of "Alright" rather than the correct "all right." The characters and their experiences have good substance, but need more definition; the difference between drunk and sober Jane is key, but is not clearly fleshed out. The plot moves quickly and the interactions between Jane and Emily are believable for the most part, but Emily is a bit too sweet- not consistent with a 10 year old just coming off a major trauma. The hardest part to swallow, for me, was the scene in the crime scene house- that would NEVER be allowed. I also wondered at the apparent ease with which Jane stops drinking, and how quickly her withdrawal symptoms seem to subside. Overall, I think this writer has potential, and tells a fairly good story. In my opinion, she would benefit from more careful choice of verbs/adverbs, and less use of expletives.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Main Character not believable or empathetic February 28, 2011
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The only positive thing I can say about this book is that I'm glad I didn't have to pay for it.

Although the character is supposed to be a veteran cop and an alcoholic, she somehow misses someone setting out a bomb in the first pages of the novel and then quits drinking at a drop of hat. If you have known anyone with a drinking problem, you know this just doesn't happen. At the very least going cold turkey like that would have meant serious medical consequences--she would have been sick as a dog. But there are so many parts that don't ring true here--I can hardly go into all of them. For those readers who live in small towns--don't even pick up this book since you will probably find her characterization of life there insulting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Am Glad I Gave This Book A Chance... March 13, 2011
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...Because as I first started reading this book, I did not think I would like it. I did not, at first, like Jane (the main character) at all. I do not want to get into the "whys" that I at first didn't like her, because I dislike any type of spoiler in a review. I think, now having read the book, the author may have made her "dislike-able" at first on purpose? I don't know. I did start warming to Jane, as the author started embroidering the plot and story around her. I am glad I did finish the book, and look forward to the next "Jane Perry" book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost makes it
The basic story of this is good and i would give it more stars but most of the characters are continually dropping the "f-bomb" which to me is a lack of creative writing. Read more
Published 26 days ago by K. Olsen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
enjoyed every minute, kept me glued to the book.
Published 1 month ago by Troy McDaniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This was an excellent book. I could hardly put it down or wait to get back back to it. It is spell binding and poignant. A definite must if you like excitement and mystery.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
enjoyed it
Published 2 months ago by Robert Tyminski
3.0 out of 5 stars This is an OK book with a fair story line ...
This is an OK book with a fair story line. Not very suspenseful though and the books seems to really drag on and on.
Published 3 months ago by Diane Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Edge of your seat
Could not put it down
Published 3 months ago by Kerry Samluk
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down
I couldn't put this book down. I loved it! I fell in love with the characters and also the way the text kept me interested
Published 8 months ago by Rachel A Arnott
5.0 out of 5 stars great
this is a well written book and has a great plot. it kept my interest the whole while i was reading this book.
Published 10 months ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Enjoyable. I'll look for more in this series. I accidentally read this twice, and didn't mind. Once in paper, once electronically.
Published 13 months ago by flowergarden
1.0 out of 5 stars a waste of time
This book is one of the worst "mysteries" I have ever read. Jane Perry, an alcoholic detective with child abuse issues is totally unlikeable and unsympathetic. Read more
Published 15 months ago by J. M. Matusak
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