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Sex Brood [Kindle Edition]

Marie S. Crosswell
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Book Description

Gabriel Kidd, a young private investigator and bounty hunter working the streets of Los Angeles, takes a case revolving around the mysterious disappearance of a porn star. Two time zones away in Chicago, a young police psychologist named John Hughes starts shadowing a pair of homicide detectives as they try to solve the brutal murder of a convenience store clerk who was stabbed to death on the job. While Gabriel recruits a Hollywood Vice detective named Blythe to help her find answers about the actress nicknamed Jill K, John befriends a sex worker in desperate need of his help. As Gabriel and John slide deeper and deeper into the dark world of sex crimes, they head for a dangerous confrontation that may cost multiple lives--including their own.

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  • File Size: 280 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
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  • Language: English
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Setting aside the content, the prose is just unreadable. February 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoy hardboiled detective stories (mostly the classics), but this book reads like the author doesn't. The sentences are choppy, like the author hadn't read many mysteries but HAD seen some parodies of what detective fiction is "supposed" to sound like. The style is nonexistent. It's just a bunch of sentences and sentence fragments that blur together, because every sentence in a paragraph ends up being about the same length. For example:

"Gabriel waits in her black ‘69 Caprice, parked across the street from the house where Robbie Driessen’s mother lives. Smoking a cigarette without inhaling, because she’s bored and likes the feel of it in her hand. The sky above the tree tops and along the dark wood of the roofs is a thin line of orange, then rose pink, then a shade between lavender and cornflower blue. The air still feels slightly warm, but after nightfall, she’ll need the denim jacket. Her window is rolled down a crack, and occasionally, she blows the smoke outside. She glances at the house, watching until the front door opens and the thick figure of a man emerges. After a moment, she rolls her window down farther with the manual lever and tosses the unfinished cigarette into the street. She starts the engine as the man reaches the sidewalk, the 450-block roaring like a tiger loose in suburbia. "

After that first paragraph, I knew reading much more of Sex Brood was going to be tough for me.

I think Crosswell had good intentions when writing this book, and I hope she isn't discouraged by the response it's received on the internet. She's very young, and perhaps she was a little too eager to release her first book into the world. But I do hope she learns from the experience.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Setting aside prose, the content is unreadable. February 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Detectives don't work like that. Psychologists don't work like that. Cocaine doesn't work like that.

Detectives are not forensics specialists, and they shouldn't be the ones going over evidence in the field with rubber gloves, looking for blood and prints. That's basic procedure.

Psychologists and psychiatrists are not the same thing. Psychiatrists are the ones capable of prescribing drugs, not psychologists.

But my biggest problem, personally: This author knows nothing about cocaine, but decided to write one of her protagonists as an addict. That includes calling cocaine angel dust (outdated slang for PCP) and having the protagonist inject cocaine mixed with a third of a glass of tap water, which she proceeds to inject in one go from a single syringe. Syringes, short of horse syringes, can't hold that kind of water, and it's a ridiculous amount to consider injecting. Just googling "injecting cocaine" can provide much more accurate information, but the author didn't research.

The entire book is full of small, constant mistakes that Google could have corrected her on, which makes the mistakes beyond irritating. It's ridiculous, and nothing else in the book is good enough to make up for it.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No. February 20, 2013
By Chai
Format:Kindle Edition
No. No to present tense throughout this book and no to the eye searingly bad colour choices for your book cover.

This is the Ark of the Covenant of books. Do not read unless you'd like your face melted off.
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45 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOOK NO FUTHER February 15, 2013
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ive trield all the kncokoffs and wannabees and theres no two way's about it: the only place your gonna find get the rude tude and dangeriously cheese crucnh you love to crave is with the geneuine arctile. my kids go friggin bonkers for Cheetos cheese corn snack bites, my youngerst gets so excited she hurls all over the sofabed , when she's about to dig into a big bwol of Cheeto's Dangerous cheese bits. i save the dust in my ziplocks for later
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars cheap knockoff April 2, 2013
Reminds me of 50 Shades of Grey. It's a cheap Mystery/Crime genre knockoff. The author does not understand how crime novels work nor does she understand anything about police work. I feel like her research on this book was limited to tv shows. Here's a suggestion for the author NOT EVERYTHING YOU WATCH ON TV IS REAL. While the premise of the book is interesting, it would make for a great examination for the sex industry and human sexuality, the factual errors and awful syntax are completely distracting. Would not recommend.
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More About the Author

Marie S. Crosswell is a short story writer, novelist, poet, and essayist, and a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. She has studied the art of writing fiction under Stella Pope Duarte, Victoria Redel, April Reynolds Mosolino, Jamaica Kincaid, Eric Puchner, and Melvin Jules Bukiet. Her short fiction has appeared in THUGLIT and PLOTS WITH GUNS. She lives in Phoenix, AZ.


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