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Palm Beach Nasty (Charlie Crawford Palm Beach Mysteries) Paperback – July 11, 2016
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This book was a different experience. It’s darker and rougher than the 5th book. First, it features one mercifully brief graphic sex scene. Sex is great, but yuck to this particular scene. Second, there was also an extremely demeaning description of an older woman having a relationship with a younger man. Again, yuck to the author’s full-frontal display of ageism.
Third, there were two scenes of murder, gruesomely described. Yuck. Fourth, there was the scene in which the detective is ruminating on his relationship with a woman and states he could have gotten past her sketchy past if he loved her, but he didn’t. Strange, according to a 16 year old, that woman participated in the statutory rape of the 16 year old, but the detective doesn’t seem all that much bothered by it. Yuck.
Lastly, the story felt stale. I think I’ve read or seen a similar story previously, including the last chapter.
There were 51 eff words in the book, according to my Kindle. Okay, that’s part and parcel of one of the detective’s personality. However, by book 5, the barrage has ratcheted down to 28.
I can recommend book 5 more than this one.
Being in law enforcement for the last 24 years plus, I usually don't read these types of books. Most of the time crime stories are very flawed with all kinds of technical errors. This book, for the most part, is surprisingly accurate. Yes, there were some things that made my skin crawl but I overlooked them because it was a good story.
This book has great characters, fast-paced action and a plot that kept me interested.
I appreciated the humor in this book.
I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.
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When 16 year-old hooker 'Misty's' pimp brother Darryl turns up very publicly dead hanging from a banyan tree, Crawford and Ott are soon hot on the trail of the killer.
Using Misty's older 'half-sister' Jennifer - newbie officer Dominica, undercover - as bait in a blackmail sting operation puts both girls in danger from the stop-at-nothing paedophile, while Crawford and Ott keep a close ear on the bug Dominica uses to incriminate the villain and his thugs.
Meanwhile, wanna-be master-crook 'Nick Greenleaf', a young man who changes his name like the seasons to avoid detection, implements his latest sting, in concert with Crawford's 'ex', art-dealer (and part-time hooker), Lil, by assuming the identity of Avery, dying millionaire Spence Roberts' long-absent grandson. Once established he starts selling off some of his 'Grandfather's' Old Masters paintings through Lil's gallery, before it becomes necessary to adapt his plan as circumstances change.
This excellent police procedural moves along at a cracking pace, with engaging characters in the three detectives and a wealth of luxury scenarios, compared and contrasted skillfully with the seamy underbelly of the paradise world of the rich and famous - I loved it and you will too...tell all your friends and get your copy today!
With a laid back writing style reminiscent of Carl Hiaasen Tom Turner has written an extremely good read with a list of characters and plot that never falter.
As with Hiaasen the writing is rich with irony but replaces the environmental issues with a straight forward crime story and whilst one or two of the characters are slightly stereotypical the rest of the cast more than make up for it.
No hesitation in recommending this first book in the series and am looking forward to the next one.
All in all a good novel which keeps you interested, I'd recommend to keep you distracted on a flight.