- File Size: 2195 KB
- Print Length: 207 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1987987527
- Publication Date: August 10, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074QQ2X81
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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An Ace and A Pair: A Dead Cold Mystery (Dead Cold Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Case in point.... How did he know to go to Texas.... And, since I live in Texas,. I know there is no way to find a car or truck hidden out in the barren waste of nowhere.
Then there's the brilliant deduction that Maria went to Berkley college in San Fran, of all the colleges in the country. Wow what a stroke of genius.!
This was just way to far fetched to be slightly believable.
I also had an issue with the editing. Too many flips from just who is telling the story. First person or third person.???? Other editing errors were apparent also.
It took me quite a while to decide to finish this book. I did because I wanted to know who did it. I know that's what the author wanted, but it was not fun getting to the end of it.
Soon, the list of suspects from that gangland-style execution looks like a who’s who of the criminal world with the New Jersey Mob, a Chinese gang (the Triads), a Latino gang (the Angeles de Satanas), and one or more bent NYPD cops all making appearances. As Stone and Dehan track down leads, it becomes apparent that someone believes the score still needs to be settled – their ‘persons of interest’ start to die. It all ends with a finale that caught me by surprise…and I was sure I knew.
The downside to An Ace and A Pair is that Stone’s detective work involved some quite improbable deductive leaps. For example, at one point the New York detective comes to the barren plains of Texas and finds an abandoned car that no one seems to have noticed in ten years. Really? A lot of his discoveries are passed off as old-fashioned detective work, but details aren’t given, making them seem much too convenient. But I liked the concept of the old-school detective. And as characters, Stone and Dehan worked, showing a mix of humor and begrudging admiration for each other.
Overall, you’ll need to accept some deductive leaps that might clear the Grand Canyon, but otherwise, it’s a fast and enjoyable read.
The dialogue was good with some nice touches of humor. I was not really happy with how some of the deaths went down. Justice was served for the most part, but could have been done differently for some to keep the people responsible from appearing to have no remorse. But I will definitely read Mr. Banner again as he shows a lot of promise.
Stone and Dehan decide to work on a ten year-old case in which Nelson Hernandez and his four cousins were murdered while playing poker. There were plenty of suspects, but no one was ever charged with the murders. On the night of the murders, an NYPD crooked cop and Hernandez's wife disappear, never to be seen again....
The story moved along at a decent pace and was believable. I think Stone and Dehan make good partners and they both were committed to solving the case. I enjoyed this book, it kept me guessing. Just when you think everything has been figured out, there is another layer to the story. You really have to pay attention to the players and the clues: who is hiding something and what piece of information is missing or does not fit. It was fun to follow the clues and watch the detectives work together. This book was a real page-turner and kept me entertained from beginning until the satisfying conclusion! I will definitely read more of this series.
The story line itself was a little hard to follow - lots of characters, and some leaps made by the detectives that seemed more ESP than smart detective work. I had to go back several times to review earlier parts, thankfully the Kindle version makes this easy. It wasn't helped by two characters having the same first name. Was sure it was going to turn into a clever plot twist but it never did - just poor editing. But otherwise the book was miraculously free of the kind of spelling and grammar errors that make me crazy.
It was a good first start to a new series and I will look forward to subsequent books.