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This Honest Man (Sam Dane Thriller Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Robert J. Sullivan
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Book Description

Another planet, another problem.

When a banker is shot dead on the street and the police can't find his killer, his widow calls in Sam Dane. The dead man's friends say he didn't lie, cheat or steal; Dane isn't so sure. He follows a trail that leads to interplanetary politics, kidnapping, murder, torture, and money - lots and lots of money. Enough money to tempt even an honest man.

“The elevator door closed, the car rose and stopped at 3, the door opened, the man stepped forward, his hand going under his coat and Dane lunged backward, his elbow swinging in a strike for the man's chest.
The silenced pistol crashed in the confined space. Dane spun and grabbed for it and hit the man in the neck with his other hand. The gun went off again, Dane jammed his thumb in the ejector port, taking the gun out of the play. He punched again and again, his attacker hit back and tried a head butt. Dane threw an arm around the man's neck, the pistol flew away and Dane threw body shots. They tangled, the man went for the detective's leg, the doors bounced off them and opened. Dane lost his balance and they slammed to the floor, the gunman on top, both of them half out of the elevator. The attacker pushed off of Dane and lunged for the pistol, got a hand on it and Dane slammed a heel onto it. The man's thumb broke and he cursed and got to his feet while Dane was still on one knee. The man kicked at Dane, Dane blocked, the man threw a second kick and Dane fell over. The man jumped over the detective and ran for the stairs. “

A science fiction detective thriller, this sequel to “In the Blood” delivers the same high tension thrills as the first book.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps if someone was murdering Tribbles... August 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
(Note: This review is of a paperback copy kindly provided by the author.)

About fourteen months ago, I read the first book (In the Blood) by Robert Sullivan in the series featuring Sam Dane, space detective. I'm neither an avid fan of crime procedurals featuring hard-boiled private eyes nor of interplanetary sci-fi. But, the marriage of the two beckoned my attention with its originality, for which I awarded four stars.

THIS HONEST MAN continues the theme of Dane on an otherworldly case - in this case on the planet Talos inhabited by the native intelligent species called Perkyats, with cameo appearances by the indigenous beings from the next world over - or maybe far away, who knows? - the Bluejays and Gollveig respectively.

Here, Dane is retained by the wife of Paul Beauchesne, the "honest man", to investigate his murder, a crime which the local (human) police have (predictably) been unable to solve. And Paul does seem to have been squeaky clean, except for possessing a memory stick loaded with porn. But, hey, who of us doesn't have one of those in-pocket to spice up the day?

There are two problems with THIS HONEST MAN. Well, three if you think ahead.

First, Sullivan introduces a female character into the plot that is enormously appealing and complimentary to Dane's role, but then the author abruptly removes her from the storyline without a trace. I was devastated. And it's not as if she was killed off. What, she's being saved for a reappearance further on in the series?

Second, the conclusion seemed to me to be unnecessarily complicated verging on murky, especially for a plot that was otherwise, and should have stayed, straight forward.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good! September 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The author sent me a Kindle copy to read with or without a review. I am so glad I decided to accept the book! I haven't read the first in the series and the only thing I missed was maybe a little more information about Sam. At first, I didn't think I would like it but I wasn't 1/4 of the way through when I found I couldn't put it down.

The story jumps from place to place and characters come, go, and sometimes return. Sam is the constant. Oddly, I didn't have any trouble keeping up, enjoying the location and character changes as almost part of Sam's personality.

An oversimplification is that Sam is hired by a widow of a totally honest man who she feels was murdered but the police have closed the case. Sam teams up with the policeman in charge of the case and the husband's assistant joins the investigation but leaves never to return. That was bothersome and I'm not sure what the point was in even having that character. The character development of the main characters is adequate. There are chances to learn more about the aliens that helps even though it is at the end of the book.

I wasn't too sure about the Sci-Fi part of the story but it worked fairly well. This story would have worked without the alien influences, in all honesty. However, the Bluejays and the Perkyats, their lands and their lives added a dimension that certainly didn't hurt and added to the entertainment value.

I recommend this book to almost anyone who enjoys a political adventure mystery. This one comes with a Sci-Fi twist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Futuristic Twist on the Noir Mystery September 3, 2012
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What at first seemed like an unlikely combination of genres (interplanetary sci-fi and hard-boiled mystery) turned out to be a winning one in the hands of Robert Sullivan. Although I did not read the first of the Same Dane thrillers, I agree with other reviewers who commented that this one stands alone quite well. (I do wonder, however, whether there was more explanation of the futuristic setting and technology in the first installment, as I found it a bit incomplete and difficult to decipher in this one.)

Once you adjust to the setting's tendency to seem fittingly high-tech in some respects but surprising retro in others, it's easy to get drawn into the mystery. Dane is retained by the plain-Jane widow of murdered investment banker, Paul Beauchesne. In a neat twist on the trope that every murdered husband has a dark side that led to his demise, Dane's sluething reveals nothing dishonest about the diseased. It does, however, uncover clues that place his investment bank at the center of a power struggle between the despotic ruler of another planet and that planet's native species, a birdlike race of humanoids known as Blue Jays. Mix in a Bogie-and-Bacall-type romance between Dane and Paul's colleague Silk and you have a solid formula for an entertaining mystery-thriller.

Overall, I commend the author for the orginality of his material and for employing a spare writing style that's several notches above most indie fiction and that pays tribute to the hard-boiled detective legacy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sci-fi detective book September 3, 2012
I usually don't read books in the detective genre, but I picked read this because it seemed to be a fun, quick read. I ended up really liking this book, and it was a very entertaining book all the way through.

This is the second book in the series. I thought it was a good place to jump into the series, since it's the first Sam Dane book that I've read. Sam Dane is a detective on the planet Talos, and he's kind of old school because he always smokes, he's an honest detective, and he's surrounded by a few beautiful women.

He was hired by a grieving widow who wants Sam to investigate the death of her "perfect" husband. Sam is suspicious that this guy could really be the nice guy that everyone thinks that he is, so he tries to find his fatal flaw. Can the murdered man really be this honest man that his widow has made him out to be?

The plot is intertwined with a really mean dictator on the relatively close planet called Gollveig, but due to the costs of interplanetary travel, Sam is stuck on Talos for the entire book. I thought that actually allowed for a much better developed plot than if he'd spent a lot of time planet hopping.

I kept wondering while reading this book if the sci-fi would be out of date in a few years. Like I said, Same Dane is old school, and most of this story could have taken place on Earth at any time over the last hundred years. But the book does a great job of keeping the technology ambiguous enough so that no matter what tech develops on Earth, or what planets we end up settling, that this story will still be relevant.

I'm a fan. I'm looking forward to the third book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars interestingly coalesced
a fascinating interplay between old world who dunnit detective novel and sci fi thriller...
The characters are engaging and the story-line moves along at a nice pace. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair)
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun read
Mix some hard boiled gumshoe, bird like aliens, a classy broad and an unsolved murder and off you go. Some decent tech, good characters and a fast pace. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Robert Adam Follis
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-written hybrid with a few surprises
First, full disclosure:

I read this book because the writer contacted me through and asked for a review. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Brian K. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Concept
I was intrigued by the blend of science fiction and mystery/suspense with this story. That's a combination I rarely see, and it was a pleasant surprise. Read more
Published on December 23, 2012 by Darcia Helle
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Second Book
This Honest Man by Robert J. Sullivan
This is the second of the Sam Dane interplanetary private detective books. Read more
Published on December 15, 2012 by wbentrim
4.0 out of 5 stars Off-World Detective Story from a Maturing Author
Disclosure: Mr. Sullivan contacted me and offered me this, his second novel, in exchange for a review. I accepted, just as I did for his debut, In the Blood. Read more
Published on December 4, 2012 by Sir Charles Panther
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it
Having read In the Blood, I can say that the author has improved since his first book. This book is more solid and tighter, though I would have liked it to be a bit longer so we... Read more
Published on November 16, 2012 by M
4.0 out of 5 stars An honest review
I received an email offering this book for free, asking if I would review it on amazon. Usually I refuse such offers, due to the low quality of spontaneously offered novels. Read more
Published on November 5, 2012 by BrianB
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Noir Detective Novel
When Sam Dane is hired to look into a man's murder, his first thought is that the man must have been cheating on his wife, or was at least up to something at work. Read more
Published on October 23, 2012 by Kara J. Jorges
4.0 out of 5 stars Blade Runner meets Lee Child's Jack Reacher
This Honest Man: Blade Runner meets Lee Child's Jack Reacher

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I'm a semi-lifetime resident of Connecticut, residing by the banks of the mighty Hockanum River. I have two adult children, who sigh and roll their eyes when I talk to them. I spent a number of years in the insurance industry, then turned to computer programming, using a language and utility so obscure even other professionals never heard of it. Since then, I've scrambled around doing whatever made a little money.

I'm now exploring the joys of writing for a living and its attendant poverty.

INTERESTS: It's easier to say what I'm NOT interested in that what I am: leave out professional sports (except for the Red Sox, which I consider an inherited problem), the internal combustion engine, country-western music and opera and I'm probably interested. Major interests are reading, movies, prehistory, cooking, physics and other sciences, and contract bridge. I write when I can find something in the empty spaces in my head. I have no sense of humor but I have built a computer program that simulates one. It still has a flaw in that it enjoys puns, but I'm hoping to fix that.

I enjoy the freedom of writing speculative fiction and am releasing more onto an unsuspecting world.

You can find more of my work at my website,

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