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Atlanta Bones (Jim Dallas Thrillers Book 1) by [McKea, Ken]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in Jim Dallas Thrillers (4 Book Series)
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  • File Size: 666 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Brad Strickland (July 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PX345M
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By Gary Hayes on August 5, 2012
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A good mystery novel needs to do several things: first it must engage the reader with an interesting situation, and for me, that means it must first have an interesting main character. It doesn't matter whether that character is the protagonist (hero) or antagonist (villain), or if that character is a cop or private detective or just some poor schmoe who gets caught up in a bad situation.

In Atlanta Bones, by Ken McKea, we get a very interesting character, Jim Dallas, an ex-cop who is recovering from a physically and mentally traumatic event that left him with scars both on the inside and outside. We get his back-story in bits and pieces along the way instead of a huge info-dump at the beginning.

This is good. This is how we learn about our friends in the real world. This is the way it should be in all novels. When Dallas gets into trouble - and he does get into some very serious trouble - we worry about him. And by the time we get to the end of the book, we feel that we really know Jim Dallas. We want him to solve the case because we really like him, as a friend.

That is good writing.

Atlanta Bones has many other examples of good writing. If you've ever spent any time in Florida, especially along the Gulf Coast, you will be able to smell the salt air, feel the sand between your toes, the sweat on your skin, the sometimes oppressive heat as you walk from your car across the parking lot to your favorite restaurant, and the ever-present mosquitoes buzzing and biting each exposed patch of skin.

Dallas has a friend who is part Seminole Indian that helps him along the way, the kind of guy you would really like to know and have on your side.
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Carl Haissien? Kem Nunn? I think not. However, it's in the ball park and the author manages to take a convoluted plot and make it suspenseful. There are two main characters that play off one another which gives it a "Holmes and Watson" feel that is not unlikable. I think the comparison to the aforementioned authors comes more from the locale of Mckea's stories than his writing style though his writing is witty and rife with dark humor. I would say that it is definitely worth a read and I personally look forward to reading more of Mr. Mckea's stories.
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This is a good book. It took a while to get going, but was pretty good. I am reading the second one and hope now that I am familiar with some of the characters, it will read a little more easily. If you are looking for that book that has suspense in each page turn, this is not the book for you.
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The character interaction makes you feel you are sitting in the room with them, and the dry wit of the exchanges between Dallas and Sam makes you smile. McKea's imagery even brings the scenery to life (" dark clouds sweeping in from the west, trailing long silvery skirts of rain. The darkest of the clouds walked toward me, coming across the water on white spider legs of lightning.") I had to stop and just be soaked in that storm with Dal! I look forward to reading more of his adventures.
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Dallas, a retired cop is asked to find the dead body for a woman who needs the I.D. to claim insurance and dissolve assets. He searches down in the Everglades with help from the mans mistress. Its lucky he himself survived. Surprise ending.
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I love Travis McGee and had high hopes for this book. It has a good plot and the narrative is well written. Unfortunately his rough characters have rougher language and I couldn't finish it. What a disappointment.
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Jim Dallas is asked to find a husband, missing on a boat trip in the Florida area. The 'widow' needs proof of his death before the insurance will pay out. The investigation digs up bad business deals, leading to suspects for his murder, then blackmail from the last person who saw him and the wife does not disclose all the facts.
Without revealing too much of the story this is a super read and has me hunting for more from the author.
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A mystery that I only had half figured out. Some of this story was hard to swallow at some points. Maybe if I was familiar with Florida and the lay of the land things might have been more understandable, An enjoyable but not a thrilling story.
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