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- Book 1 of 5 in Southern Fraud Thriller (5 Book Series)
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Julia Jackson's story grabbed me from the opening paragraph. Julia is an insurance fraud investigator who ran out for a cup of coffee. On the way back to the office, she learns she's been abducted. The mystery then focuses on who wanted to abduct Julia, with a suspect list pulled from her current cases. Her employer, the Georgia Department of Insurance, assigns her a partner to finish those pending investigations.
I have to agree with a previous reviewer. Mark Vincent is hot. He's a reserve Naval enlisted man whose specialty is personal defense. Since it doesn't take a genius to see that Julia was obviously the intended target of the abduction, Mark's presence makes sense. The two of them work well together, and there's also a fair amount of chemistry.
Or maybe it was just hot in there--after all, Absolute Liability is set in the South during summer. Becton's setting details were as exquisite as they were subtle. I could feel the heat without being told it was hot. I actually wanted my own glass of sweet tea to cool myself down.
So how did Absolute Liability stack up against my list of typical complaints?
1) Julia was a fantastic heroine.Read more ›
The story is fast paced and the reader is plunged into the lead character's life quickly, but naturally. Julia is someone from a dysfunctional family caused by her sister's rape in high school, and Julia is determined to find her sister's attacker, a determination which led her to the police academy and into a brief job as a policewoman. Lay-offs changed her course, but she now works as a fraud investigator for an insurance company, a job which still uses some of her police skills, but does not risk her life or require her to carry a gun...or at least that is what she thought.
Becton's characters are finely drawn and reasonable (there is nothing that irritates me more than a woman who decides to go investigate a biker bar...alone...when a person of reasonable intellect would take someone with them, or, better yet, call the police with her idea or clue. I detest having to tell stupid characters to "Don't go in the abandoned house! DON'T GO INTO THE ABANDONED HOUSE!!!!") Becton manages a brisk and believable read that is well paced and if her characters are not totally fleshed out it is because this is the first book of a six book series and I am sure we will get to know the characters at a leisurely pace as the series progresses.
Read this book on the front porch with a tall glass of sweet iced tea and enjoy, then try to curb your impatience for the next one! Oh, but you may not want to read this at bedtime, as I did. I was up until 1 am finishing it!
Absolute Liability: A Southern Fraud Thriller is the first in what will be a six part series from author Jennifer Becton. I loved every minute of this book. It is a great weekend or beach read and I didn't have a clue who the killer was until practically the end. I found this book to be in the vein of Gemma Halliday another mystery writer who I adore.
The heroine, if you will, of Absolute Liability is Julia Jackson and she investigates insurance fraud. Julia is extremely likable. She can handle herself and yet she still has her vulnerabilities. In the course of her investigations she is abducted---or rather someone abducted what they thought was Julia----which brings out a sense of responsibility and justice in her. So the hunt to unfold the mystery begins. Who really wants Julia Jackson gone?
Throw in Tripp, an ex-high school sweetheart who is just a friend and a cop and a hunky and extremely mysterious Special Agent, named Mark Vincent, sent down especially from Atlanta to partner with Julia and the south just got a bit hotter. I really just want to talk about Mark Vincent. I think I drooled just a little when he was introduced. Mark Vincent was intriguing because he's so mysterious and we don't know much about him. I do hope he turns up again. Yum!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book. A few plot twists and good character development.Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth A. Dion
Good book. Good story. Likeable characters. Easy read. Looking forward to the rest of the books in the series.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this book with all it's twists and trying to figure out "whodunit." I sure didn't figure it out. The book was well written and fast paced. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ron Morris
I enjoyed this book. It had a good story with lots of suspense and an appropriate romance. I would recommend it to others.Published 7 months ago by Tanya Canfield
Congratulations to Ms. Becton for writing a truly unusual book. I appreciate the change from the typical formulaic boy-girl hostility and the subsequent falling into bed together. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Pauline K.
A mystery from a different viewpoint, that of an insurance fraud investigator. Julia Jackson had trained as a police officer, but was a casualty of reduced budget. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kassy
This was a so so procedural novel. Defiantly for an older woman. The story line had a number of holes in it.Published 11 months ago by buffalo bill
In my opinion, not well written and not enjoyable to read.Published 14 months ago by D. Max Pruette
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