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A Time To Lie (Detective John Drake Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

D.W. Hardin
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In a life or death situation, a police officer has milliseconds to make a decision that will affect the rest of his life. The flash of a gun forces Officer John Drake to make such a decision. Not only is the suspect killed, but a fellow officer is mortally wounded. Before the internal investigation can ramp up into high gear, the "Monday morning quarterbacking" starts from the press. Was the officer accidentally killed by Drake? Should he be charged with killing another officer? Politics skew the investigation and damn Drake, forcing him to take unorthodox action. The realistic fast-paced scenario follows what an officer experiences when lethal force is used.

Product Details

  • File Size: 612 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984917918
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WRFO2O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,634 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiction emulating reality August 29, 2011
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Imagine being a cop and from one second to the next, the system suddenly turns against you? This is what Officer John Drake finds himself dealing with in "A Time to Lie". While helping out fellow Officer Frank Glass on an off duty security job, a shooting takes place, resulting in two dead and big trouble, legal and otherwise, for Drake.

"A Time to Lie", Hardin's second novel, recounts the story of a cop at the wrong place at the wrong time who suddenly finds himself not only fired from the force but quite possibly heading to prison for murder. Written completely in the first person, Drake, rather than Hardin, tells his story as it occurs and Hardin successfully wrote in Drake's voice. Present in all scenes, Drake expresses his feelings to the reader as his tale unfolds in real time, through the adrenalin rush of a shooting, the brotherhood as well as the hypocrisy and dishonesty in the system he risked his life for daily and the importance of family as the nightmare he is faced with brings him back to his estranged wife and closer to his father.

Though the book does have a few action scenes, I don't consider it an action novel. Rather, it is the baring of a cop's heart and soul as he shares his fears, anger, frustration, love and joy with us, his audience.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read October 28, 2011
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A Time to Lie was a great book. You could really feel the emotions of the various characters. Detective John Drake is trying to reconnect with his distant Dad and repair a broken marriage, all while trying to deal with the emotional trauma of being involved in a shooting. Not everyone is his friend and trust becomes a rare commodity. The department and the media turn against him in the interests of politics. You can tell the writer has drawn on his experience as a cop, while crafting a well-written crime fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic Emotional Trauma September 5, 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A police shooting that goes awry. Officer John Drake's life is suddenly thrust into turmoil. Doug Hardin provides an insight into the politics and bureaucracy of the cop world like few others can. Full of conflict, I was sucked in from the beginning to the end. John Drake struggles to gain his innocence and freedom, while trying to win his family back, and reestablish a frayed bond with his dad. This book is an accurate portrayal of every cop's nightmare, as Drake is sucked into an emotional vortex. I highly recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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In "A Time to Lie", Doug Hardin creates a true to life police procedural thriller best read from the comfort of home and not a holding cell. I suggest one not enjoin this narrative expecting anything less than a unique almost grandiloquent format that waste no space with poetically descriptive words. If you are looking for raw, real life good guys vs. bad guys spoken in a similar way to Sgt. Joe Friday (aka Jack Web of Dragnet fame) then you are going to feel right at home with Police Officer John Drake and the rest of the rustic styled writing and characters.

As the reviews of this work demonstrate, there is no mid ground for likes and dislikes of the book and story. English professors would grade it a failure because Hardin doesn't play well with others when it comes to coat and tie style writing. In my view, there's no room for such style in a book of this nature so I've ignored the negative remarks listed by others and followed my own curiosity into a rough and tumble world of cops with their humanness showing.

Bottom line? This book you will love or hate because there is no other option in the menu. As the grown son of a retired Police officer, I give the book a high 5 rating for plot, putting the reader in the same world as the characters, and keeping the action crisp and fresh from page one to the end. "A Time to Lie".. handle Code 3.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good "cop book" June 27, 2012
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As a retired 40+ year law enforcement officer, I appreciated the mostly accurate police procedures described in "A Time to Lie."

There are a few typos in this Kindle book, but they are not really distracting.

I enjoyed the various twists and turns as the story unfolded.

The characters were well developed, the story stayed interesting from beginning to end.

A few surprises at the end, but they made the book more enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No lie, A TIME TO LIE is excellent April 2, 2012
By K.Nejdl
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This was the first book I had read by Mr. Hardin and I can honestly say that I have already recommended this to several people I know who are also voracious readers. I do not write reviews for every work I read. This is a notable exception. I have read this book three times, most recently on Sunday. Yes, it is that good.

This book was one of those books that grabs you in a head lock and doesn't release you even after the book itself is finished. I for one would love to find out what happens next with Officer Drake, Sarah, Dad, Mom, Amy, Mumford, and Drake's coworkers who stood by him through his trials and tribulations.

Sadly, I can see this happening in "real life" and I'm sure it does a great deal.

Mr. Hardin definitely drew from personal experience but didn't get so technical that I as a reader ever felt lost and needed to look up what he was writing about, which is great. I learned about some different terms and that's always a good thing.

The characters were varied and fleshed out with believable dialogue. No spoilers I promise, loved how it ended. I was rooting for him and yes, I was talking out loud at some points with regard to what was going on in the book. Definite plot twists I didn't see coming at all.

Now to find and read more by Mr. Hardin...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good read
Published 1 month ago by Jane Damitz
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Held my interest from the very beginning. I love books like this that make you feel like you know all the characters. I didn't want it to end!
Published 1 month ago by Laura Messina
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware, it could happen to anyone
I bought this book as a $.99 filler book because I read so much and it gets expensive. Little did I know how much I would enjoy it, Others have mentioned the plot so I will not. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Puppie
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope to read more of d.w.Hardin
fast moving ,, not too many characters, and down to earth.
didn't want to put it down ,learned. a little about law enforcement..
Published 8 months ago by Sandra Arruda
5.0 out of 5 stars Feels very reallistic, yet a real nice read and hard to put down.
The story is very plausible and the characters, their strengths and their weaknesses are so skillfully depicted that the empathy kicks in very fast. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bert Paris
3.0 out of 5 stars A Time to Lie
This is an interesting book that is almost very good. With more novels DW Hardin might mature. I gave it a 3. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bruce A Becker
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me up late!
A Time to Lie is a short novel but well worth the time. Actually, it's good thing it's short; I would have stayed up all night, because I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 14 months ago by lurker
4.0 out of 5 stars I betcha it's based on many actual cases.
I read this book by D. W. Hardin because I met him on Twitter and he's a real cop. Like me, who is a real hairdresser, and a writer, I get a lot of skepticism from "pre-readers"... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jon-David
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick read
Looking for a book for my kindle, downloaded this one and really enjoyed it~ Quick read for the beach! Thank you
Published 16 months ago by Pow
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Read!
If you are into mystery and suspense drama, ''Time to Lie'' won't disappoint. The life of a cop turns upside down within minutes and he has to decide fast what path to take before... Read more
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More About the Author

D. W. Hardin has served as a deputy sheriff and worked in the ER as a nurse at a class I trauma hospital. Doug integrates his own life experiences and deliberations in his novels. It has always been his lifelong dream to write. He decided it was time for him to follow his dream. His debut novel was HIDDEN AND IMMINENT DANGERS followed by A TIME TO LIE, WOOING THE FATES and REFUGE. He enjoys making furniture as a hobby although the projects sometimes don't end like he planned. When he's not hitting his thumb with a hammer, he's busy creating his next novel. He and his wife live in Louisville, Kentucky. They have two grown sons.

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