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Product Details

  • Series: Cyril Landry Thriller
  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer; Reissue edition (February 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612182690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612182698
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Q&A with J. Carson Black

Question: What was your inspiration for the shadowy conspiratorial organization that your book The Shop is named for?

J. Carson Black: There has always been speculation--especially in thrillers--that secretive organizations have existed within the federal government--that there are black bag operations, often carried out in other countries.

Human nature being what it is, it’s easy for me to picture people in power at the highest level planning all sorts of operations. Power corrupts, and if the resources are available, I have no doubt that something like The Shop could exist. All it would take would be people who are powerful enough to put it in place, and the operations could go as far as their imaginations would let them go. Throughout history, powerful people have made enormous mistakes, and have corrupted power to their own needs. I can picture the rich and powerful--the people who can command just about anything--coming up with the most hair-brained of schemes--and getting away with it. It’s more about human nature than anything else.

Q: Do you think it's possible an organization like The Shop could really exist?

JCB: I think it can. Recently, it has come to light that the secretive clandestine operations team "JSOC", Joint Special Operations Command, has an assassination squad operating with impunity in other countries.

Q: Jolie Burke and Cyril Landry couldn’t be more different and make for a very unlikely duo. Can you tell us more about how you developed these characters? Do you have a favorite?

JCB: I like them both. I didn’t expect to like Landry, since he’s a killer, but he sort of evolved for me. For one thing, he and I both have a passion for horse racing. As I wrote my way along, he kept showing new facets of himself. He has a wife and daughter. He has a code, although it’s a bit relaxed compared to those of normal people. He was trained to be a warrior and a killer, as people in the armed services are, and these are the skills he depends on to make a living. Having been a Navy SEAL, he has extraordinary talents and abilities. And he thinks he is killing in the name of his country.

Jolie is my idea of what a homicide cop should be. She’s strong and reasonable, capable and calm. And Jolie has to deal with plenty of red tape and departmental b.s. She’s thorough and cares about what she is doing. She cares about the young man whose death is at the center of her investigation. The young man is gay, and she doesn’t want his death to go unremarked. She wants justice for him.

Review

The Shop is a hair-raising thriller from start to finish. With a complex plot and finely drawn characters, J. Carson Black draws the reader into a world where nothing is as it seems. This book is both spooky and convincing, just what a thriller should be.” ---T. Jefferson Parker, New York Times bestselling author of The Jaguar

“I’m a big fan of J. Carson Black and The Shop is a truly original non-stop locomotive ride of a thriller. You won’t even think of putting this book down.” ---John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of The Hunter

"Fresh and imaginative, J. Carson Black’s THE SHOP is a riveting read and a compelling tale of character. From FBI agents to local cops, from heroes to villains, The Shop is an exciting, sweeping thriller that will linger in your mind for a long time.” ---Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies

"Infused with an original voice and packed with compelling characters, J. Carson Black’s The Shop is a thriller to pay attention to." ---David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of The Brotherhood of the Rose

More About the Author

Hailed by bestselling author T. Jefferson Parker as "a strong new voice in American crime fiction," J. Carson Black has written fifteen novels. Her thriller, THE SHOP, reached #1 on the Kindle Bestseller list, and her crime thriller series featuring homicide detective Laura Cardinal became a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. Although Black earned a master's degree in operatic voice, she was inspired to write a horror novel after reading The Shining. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Customer Reviews

A good plot with well developed characters.
Bernard W. Craig, Jr.
Too many stories within stories, no flow, and you lose any connection you had to the main characters half way through the book, if you made one at all.
Sliver
Kept me reading until the very end, unable to put it down for hours.
Dradz623

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249 of 255 people found the following review helpful By Maynard F. Allington on March 26, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Today's thriller market has a number of franchise authors who consistently grind out "best sellers." Their plots are, for the most part, skillfully constructed, and they know how to tell a story. But their writing skills are often ordinary, even mundane, and rarely soar into that rarefied atmosphere of "style" that is the mark of a great writer. There was a time when stylists such as Eric Ambler and Graham Greene owned the thriller genre and lifted it to the level of literature. J. Carson Black is a throwback to that generation. She not only has the technical skills to shape a novel, but a gift for words that crosses into that exclusive literary terrain of art.

THE SHOP opens in a tense action sequence with the assassination in Aspen, Colorado of Brienne Cross, a well known actress/pop star. The hit is carried out with military precision by a lone assassin who vanishes from the scene, leaving no clue behind, least of all a motive.

The assassin is Cyril Landry, former SEAL and now a member of a black ops unit (known as "the shop") operating within a private security firm. The firm has been used on occasion by the government for missions requiring solutions outside the law. Landry is a man of contradictions - on the one hand devoted to his family, on the other capable of killing dispassionately. But the execution of Brienne Cross troubles him. For the first time, he finds himself drawn emotionally to a dead target. The years of mental programming that have conditioned him to kill, never questioning an order, are suddenly coming apart. In the course of this psychological dislocation, Landry will come to learn why Brienne's death was ordered, and will turn against the shop.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Ian Kharitonov on March 24, 2011
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Cyril Landry is a loving husband and father, a former SEAL, and now a killer working for The Shop. After his latest assignment -- a massacre in Aspen, Colorado -- Landry develops an emotional bond with one of his victims, a young and beautiful pop star. Feeling that something went wrong, Landry sets out to uncover the plot he's been part of. Meanwhile, homicide cop Jolie Burke is investigating a case that quickly goes out of control. As she untangles the mystery, the body count rises. When the subplots converge, Landry and Jolie find themselves facing a shocking conspiracy with an electrifying climax.
Anyone who enjoys a good thriller should check this one out. The Shop is full of intrigue, twists and turns. With such glowing blurb quotes from Gayle Lynds and David Morrell I knew I couldn't go wrong -- and I wasn't disappointed!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Carol Davis Luce on April 11, 2011
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So many thrillers nowadays seem to have the same premise, with nothing new to set it apart from the pack. Not so with J Carson Black's THE SHOP. Even the title hints at intrigue and something out of the ordinary. I've read all of this author's novels, and each one demonstrates her skill for the craft by way of extensive research, character development, prose that sings, and thought-provoking plots that stay with you long after you read The End. Black is truly a master at writing police procedurals and high-concept novels. They just get better and better. Once you've sampled one, you won't be able to stop there.
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45 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Cherry Duke on May 18, 2011
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This book is terrible! After reading the other reviews I thought this book showed a lot of promise, but found the writing and plot to be confusing, disorganized, and boring. The character development was subpar and several characters were developed that then had almost no bearing on the story. The only reason I finished this book was in the hopes of it all making sense in the end, only to find the book has no ending! Instead you are directed to a website which is just a marketing ploy! I found this to be an abuse of the audience and a cheap ploy to market the author's other (probably just as terrible) books. It is as though the author wrote this the weekend before the deadline and felt no need to submit quality work. This book should never have been published. Do yourself a favor and do not waste your time reading this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Allen s on May 16, 2011
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This was good!
I like these kind of action adventure books.
Every so often you have to suspend your dis-belief, but I liked both main characters.

I know it must be hard to get all the details right, but in a crime novel when the
gun is chosen it's a Sig 26. There is no Sig 26. Did you mean Sig 226?

A bit later, they get on the Hinckley Yacht and navigate by the Loran. I don't even think they sell Lorans any more, GPS is cheap and reliable. It's a yacht...I have a GPS!! That's like saying, "we went to the penthouse and listened to my collection of records"

Okay, I nitpicked. But that's why I didn't give it 5 stars.

So, overlook the little details, enjoy the read, and feel good that you got a great book cheap.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Robert Goldberg on February 17, 2012
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Read this via the Kindle Lending Library over the last couple of days. The initial premise is intriguing, but the author tried way too hard to tie everything together, and have everything come to the end in one standoff. A better author might have done a better job of hiding the big "twist", which wasn't much of a twist at all, but J. Carson Black simply couldn't. A better solution might have been to not include all the family drama during the end, or have characters who were allegedly integral to the story die off page. But, to me, the biggest issues are (1) the cop's water phobia (a cop in Florida never had to deal with water before the events of this book? Really?) (2) the lone bad guy who ran the whole operation (haven't we seen enough of this ridiculous easy solution in thrillers?) and (3) the superhuman soldier who wipes out dozens of people throughout this book and never gets caught. That's the most ridiculous one, and just lazy writing.
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