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  • Series: Joe Burgess Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (March 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594153795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594153792
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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They feel real and imperfect and very engaging.
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I stayed up way too late reading, and was almost glad I came down ill the next day so I could spend the morning on the couch finishing the book.
Edith M. Maxwell
I have read all three of Kate Flora's Joe Burgess mysteries.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lea Wait on March 3, 2012
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Kate Flora's Redemption takes us to Portland, Maine, but not to the postcard Maine, or to the action-packed world of police procedurals where handsome big city detectives eat, sleep (with sexy broads,) drink, get beat up (occasionally, and with little bruising), and solve complicated high powered crimes that save the world from catastrophe. No, Kate Flora's detective, Joe Burgess, is a regular guy. He wishes he could take more showers and get more sleep. He argues with his girlfriend and she moves out. He's not always happy with his fellow police. And the murder he's trying to solve in REDEMPION is that of an alcoholic Vietnam vet who has PTSD and supports himself by collecting bottles in the streets of Portland. Flora takes us inside Joe's world and shows us the underside of Vacationland. It's not pretty. But it's real, and Joe is real. Justice ain't easy. Reading REDEMPTION, I wanted to believe that Joe Burgess wasn't fictional. Because if I'm ever in trouble, he's the guy I'd want on my side. In the meantime, I'll take more books about him from Kate Flora.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nina M. Osier on August 10, 2012
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Portland, Maine police detective Joe Burgess is on his way to a picnic, with the two foster children his girlfriend wants to adopt sitting in his vehicle's back seat. It's a lovely weekend morning. That's when two boys flag him down to report a body floating in the harbor. A few minutes more, and someone else would have had to listen to their tale and call 911. But they happened to get Detective Burgess, and not only must he investigate the death; he recognizes the deceased. "Reggie the Can Man" was Joe's friend back in high school, and his comrade in the rice paddies of Vietnam. Joe has made a successful life, although usually a solitary one, in the decades since their return. Reggie married, fathered a son, and wound up divorced. Now his son is an adult, a man without a conscience thanks to the mother who raised him, and Reggie lives in a run-down rooming house and works when he's able. Mostly he lives on his VA disability check, and uses the money from collecting cans and bottles to help others he thinks even less fortunate. Every Friday he meets Maura, his mentally ill love of many years, for a date. Reggie didn't show up for that date on the Friday before Columbus Day weekend, though; and Joe Burgess has to tell Maura why.

That's the opening of a novel that combines mystery and character study in a complex portrait of two lives: that of Detective Burgess, who in his involvement with Chris stands on the verge of a possibly rich and wonderful new personal life; and that of Reggie, who didn't fear his toxic family and should have. Reggie the most vulnerable of men, partly because of the way Vietnam damaged him beyond repair and partly because of his naturally generous and trusting nature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jony on November 5, 2012
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Kate Flora has developed an engaging character in Joe Burgess. ,,,though the reader will want him to enjoy his happy moments a bit more than the author allows. I have read the 3 books in the Burgess series and much prefer them over the Thea books.
Thea's personality wore on me .......she had so much "attitude" it distracted from the criminal investigation.
I really like the Portland Maine backdroop to the Burgess stories.
jony
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By Rosie Place on February 5, 2014
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Kate Flora is an excellent mystery writer, who I knew of from her Thea Kozak mysteries. I found the Joe Burgess mysteries next and found them to be just as excellent. The crimes are a little darker, and the character of Joe is a bit dark as well, but I still found him endearing. The Joe Burgess mysteries are more Police oriented, and about the difficulty of solving the crime and bringing the criminal to justice. They are plotted well and keep your attention right to the end.
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I read Redemption when it first came out and thought I'd written my praise of it then, but must have let actually doing so slip. Now, on learning that Redemption won the 2013 Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction--very well deserved!--I realize that I'd previously written a review for Angel of Knowlton Park. Actually, ALL of Kate Flora's writing merits high praise--her two mystery series and her true crime--but it's her portrayal of Det. Joe Burgess that I find exceptional. Here's a cop who is empathetic and caring about the victims of the crime he encounters, yet who also knows under what circumstances he's to put on the expected macho persona necessary to getting witnesses to open up. This decent human being is a crime story hero I can relate to, and whose emotions I can genuinely feel. After all, it's the emotional connection to a character that most of us read for, whether we acknowledge that or not. I enjoy both this feeling of connection and the thrill of a well-constructed mystery investigation that keeps me a devoted reader of the Joe Burgess series.
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By Carol A. Perry on June 4, 2013
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Loved the story; fast paced, believable characters, metaphors were spot on and great dry wit. True to the genre--I want the next one!
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There's a lot more to a Kate Flora mystery than `who done it.'

In Flora's newest police procedural -- a Joe Burgess mystery titled "Redemption" -- the Portland, Maine, detective exhausts himself seeking clues in the death of his old friend Reggie. Acting on love, loyalty and a cop's sense of duty and fair play, Burgess puts his job and family at risk to find out what happened to Reggie. Kids found Reggie floating in the harbor in Portland, Maine -- a suspicious death from the start. For Burgess, the investigation veers dangerously before it loops back, a full-circle slog that drops him face to face with his own demons.

Burgess and Reggie served together in the Vietnam jungle. Reggie was injured physically and psychologically. But both men swore to watch each other's backs -- in Vietnam and later, back home. Though Reggie went through hard times, including a battle with alcoholism, the two remained close. Reggie was a good man who gave almost everything he had to those even less fortunate than he. When he died, many grieved.

The nice thing about "Redemption" is that every clue is suspect. Flora is the master of the red herring and she's also a master of the flawed detective. There is no such thing as cut and dried. Clues are tied to people are tied to pathos are tied to past grievances. Every time Burgess learns something that might advance the investigation, that clue reveals 10 more loose ends. In every process, it seems, there is chaos before closure. Flora understands this and gives us a very good read. No wonder that filmmakers eye her stories. Another of her books, the true crime story "Finding Amy," was filmed for TV and is being considered for a movie.
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