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Sacrificial Offerings (Five Star Mystery Series) Hardcover – October 10, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star Mystery Series
  • Hardcover: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (October 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432826182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432826185
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,997,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This high-speed suspense reminds one of those nonfiction books that detail the inner workings of police departments. The findings are about the same: cops are capable of bravery and silliness, heroism and childishness. Black mixes reporting with a lively plot. A murder investigation involving an old-time TV star—think Bob Crane—is interrupted by a lengthy account of the training SWAT-team hopefuls endure. The writing is so good the reader is pleased to go along. So it is with the secondary characters our no-nonsense lead detective is stuck with: a dweebish Twitter addict who thinks he’s in a CSI episode and an aging K-9 cop who never got over losing his dog. He consoles himself by conversing with a hand puppet. The effect isn’t outlandish. Rather, it gives a sense that one is getting a rare honest glimpse into a secretive world. The explosive SWAT raids that end the novel are portrayed in the best action style. In the end, we realize that those seeming distractions weren’t, really. Be particularly wary of the hand puppet (probably good advice in any situation). --Don Crinklaw

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Michael A. Black is the author of 19 books and over 100 short stories and articles. He has a BA in English from Northern Illinois University and a MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. He was a police officer in the south suburbs of Chicago for over thirty years and worked in various capacities in police work including patrol supervisor, SWAT team leader, investigations, and tactical operations.
His Ron Shade series, featuring the Chicago-based kickboxing private eye, has won several awards, as has his police procedural series featuring Frank Leal and Olivia Hart. He has also written two novels with television star Richard Belzer of Law & Order SUV. His hobbies include the martial arts, running, and weight lifting.
In addtion to his own novels, Black is currently writing novels in a highly popular adventure series under another name.

Mike's newest novel is SACRIFICIAL OFFERINGS, the third in the Leal and Hart series. Other recent books include, THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF DOC ATALS (with Ray Lovato), THE HEIST and FREEZE ME, TENDER (think: Frozen Elvis)which are now availble as e-books and trade paperbacks on available in bookstores and on Amazon.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Doherty on May 20, 2013
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SACRIFICIAL OFFERING, the third entry in a first-rate police procedrual trilogy that began with RANDOM VICTIM and continued with HOSTILE TAKEOVER, is the best so far in the series.

Sgt. Frank Leal's character, Investigator Olivia Hart, develops, in this book, into less of a "sidekick" and more of an equal partner, as she is transferred (against her will) out of Cook County Sheriff's Homicide and into S.W.A.T. Actually, she's on an undercover assignment for Internal Affairs, trying to ferret out corruption in the S.W.A.T. team.

Meanwhile, Leal, saddled with a new partner who's a damned good, enthusiastic, but highly wierd cop, is investigating a homicide that seems low-profile, but suddenly becomes a headline case when it turns out the victim is an old-time TV star who once played the lead in a once-popular WW2-set sitcom that did for CASABLANCA what HOGAN'S HEROES did for STALAG 17, while simultaneously hunting down a serial rapist, and trying to romance a pretty law enforcement ranger in the local park district's criminal investigative section.

With both a sense of place and a sense of police work that clearly comes from first-hand experience, SACRICIAL VICTIMS marks the first time the Leal/Hart team have appeared between hard covers. Hopefully, it won't be the last, and the trilogy will soon become a tetralogy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave Case on May 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and particularly enjoyed the insight from the author relative to the inner workings of police investigations. Black has a way of bringing his characters to life, fully developed and interesting. I have particularly enjoyed the books in this series, some of Black's best work. It's unfortunate he hasn't found a wider audience, he's a talented writer with something to say. I'm also impressed with the quality of this product. The book is substantial and well made. I've twenty-six years in law enforcement and recognize what's in these pages as accurate, yet really entertaining. He's captured the texture of the job, not easy to do.
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