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

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  • File Size: 756 KB
  • Print Length: 173 pages
  • Publication Date: January 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WRFO2O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,941 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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, REFUGE, and THE BLACK WIDOW DOES NOT CRY. 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Claude Bouchard, The Vigilante Series on 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Resort Reader on 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 By Mike Roche on September 5, 2011
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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 By Chas Wells on October 17, 2012
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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 By HeloCaptain on 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 By K.Nejdl on April 2, 2012
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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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