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The Second Savior (An LAPD Mystery) Hardcover – July 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (ME); 1 edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594147663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594147661
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,857,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was an FBI agent for 30 years, working in New York, Chicago, Puerto Rico, Texas, and Kansas. I nabbed killers, kidnappers, and bank robbers, and I played a key role in solving the Oklahoma City bombing. Now I write suspense novels, with five published. I like showing readers what cops and FBI agents do. And I wrote a non-fiction book titled How to Spot Lies Like the FBI. In it, you'll learn how to read faces, bodies, and verbal indicators to identify fibs.

My novels have explored organized crime, government hit men, racist plots, cybercrime, movie lore, religious mysticism, satanic cults, and cosmology. I enjoy telling readers what I've learned about life and the way individuals act in stressful and comic situations. As Oscar Wilde said, "Life is too important to be taken seriously." But we can examine it, laugh and learn, and then just shake our heads.

I also like to read, lift weights, go for walks, play my electric guitar, contemplate the universe and talk to groups about my writing projects and ways to spot lies. I live in Kansas on a horse ranch. My website is www.mmbouton.com.

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By George Cramer on August 18, 2014
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Bouton has an interesting and fast-paced style that kept me on edge as I waited for the next explosive event. The story and interaction of the characters seems realistic and worth reading. It’s obvious that Bouton knows L.A. and the seamy side of life, as well as having a good understanding of his protagonist. A good read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
LAPD Homicide Detectives Crash Unit Rick Dover and Falcon are working a bust at an Inglewood liquor store when the Bloods drive by trying to kill Kinks, a Crip. A passerby jumps in between the shooters and Dover taking two bullets in the back and one in the shoulder; he saves the cop's life. Later the Bloods boldly walk into Centinela Hospital and kill Kinks; while the Good Samaritan Jake shockingly walks out of the ICU after only a one night stay.

Soon others involved in the shooting begin dying as Stagger becomes a one man crime spree including a shooting attempt in a nearby church in which Dover took a bullet. As the police continue to search for evidence, they fear their two main witnesses, Father O'Garity will not testify due to the confession Stagger made to him and Jake Carroll will run away due to his past.

This fast-paced police procedural hooks the audience with the opening sequence and never slows down as the cops battle the gangs on the streets of L.A with a touch of religious mysticism brought to the plot by Jake. The story line is filled with action while feeling like a chess game is occurring. Although a key scene when Stagger shoots at the priest and Dover should be enough to arrest him especially with other witnesses, but does not detracts from an otherwise exciting thriller of the police working a gang war slaying.

Harriet Klausner
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edie VINE VOICE on July 29, 2009
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LAPD homicide detectives Dover and Falcon are hot on the trail of a Crip drug dealer by the name of Kinks. As they attempt to approach him outside a local convenience store a drive-by staged by a rival gang leaves one dead and several wounded.

One of the wounded is a carpenter who took three bullets in the back while saving Dover's life. Although he appears close to death, amazingly he walks out of the hospital unnoticed before Dover and Falcon can interview him.

As the turf war continues to rage in South-Central LA and the body count continues to rise, the detectives work diligently to bring in those responsible for the shootings. When their key witness, Kinks, is assassinated in his hospital room before they can interview him, the detectives are stunned.

They eventually find the carpenter who agrees to help them out. The pieces start to fall into place, but before they can put the case to rest everything goes awry during a climatic shoot-out. The witness mysteriously disappears once again leaving two surprised detectives.

Author Mark Bouton is a former FBI agent whose years of experience bring much to this story. The rapport between Dover and Falcon brings their personalities to light and adds to the story.

Bouton allows the reader to undertand the motives of those on both sides of the law no matter how vile the characters may be. It is obvious Bouton took the time to get to know his characters and understand their motives. Even the bad guys have a depth not usually seen in this type of novel.

Because the story is set in LA, Bouton takes every opportunity to insert a touch of humor by allowing the detectives to name drop the rich and famous with great abandon.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara S. Cionitti on September 9, 2009
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I love Second Savior. The dialogue was true, and the pace was perfect. I love how Bouton kept the "savior" behind the curtain. He managed to avoid being didactic, while creating an incredible spiritual experience. I am not a person of faith, but by the final chapter, I believed, and was inspired with hope! Bravo! I can't wait for the next one.
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