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Big Sick Heart: A Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery by [Markel, Mike]

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Book 1 of 8 in Detectives Seagate And Miner Mystery (8 Book Series)

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From the Author

The Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery series comprises six books:
  1. Big Sick Heart
  2. Deviations
  3. The Broken Saint
  4. Three-Ways
  5. Fractures
  6. The Reveal
Big Sick Heart introduces Detective Karen Seagate, who is forty years old and hasn't confronted her alcoholism. She is divorced and has recently lost custody of her teenage son due to a sexual indiscretion on the job. She and the chief, who restricts his police work to undercover surveillance at the topless bars, hate each other. Counting down the months until his retirement, he awaits an opportunity to fire her. Now she finds herself partnered with Ryan Miner, a cheerful and depressingly well-adjusted young Mormon just promoted from the uniform ranks. She realizes she's never going to understand this guy, let alone like him.

In creating Karen Seagate, I tried to define a character who is intelligent but spiritually adrift. She no longer understands who she is or even what she wants, and she frequently says and does things that complicate her life and the lives of those who work with her. Amid a series of personal and professional setbacks that culminate with a drunk-driving accident that seriously injures a young girl, she tries to stay focused on the case: the murder of an odious, corrupt evangelical leader.

Detective Karen Seagate is foul-mouthed, cynical, rude, depressed, and insubordinate. She lies constantly and assumes that most of what people say is untrue. She expects nothing good to happen to her and is rarely surprised. Really, there would be no good reason for anyone to want to have anything to do with her--that is, if she were not extremely good at figuring out which liar is also a killer.

Big Sick Heart was awarded the Book of the Month award from Pacific Book Review in 2010, when it was first published.

Here are some reviews from Amazon readers:

"Oh! I have found a new character series to read. I adore DetectiveSeagate. The woman has problems like you would not believe--but she gets the bad guys anyway. One of the best lines in the book, "Honey, I'mhome," and she cuddles her bottle of whiskey. So, now you know her major flaw. You'll like her anyway. Her sidekick, Miner, is a Mormon--straight as a broom stick and funny. Best part, there are two more books in the series already published. No waiting!"

"As someone who really enjoys crime fiction, I found Big Sick Heart to be excellent. It was a fast read (probably because I couldn't put itdown) with a very interesting story line. More than that, though, Ifinished the book and immediately went to see if the author had written a sequel. I feel like I 'know' Karen Seagate (with all of her demons)and Ryan Miner well enough now to want to see them together again.This book will not disappoint you!"

"Big Sick Heart sets the stage for what should be a great ride for fans of detective stories. With a new and appealingcast of characters, this series looks to be a winner."

About the Author

Mike Markel writes the Detectives Seagate and Miner Mystery series, which is set in the fictional small city of Rawlings, Montana, home of CentralMontana State University. That university is somewhat like Boise StateUniversity, where Mike taught writing, but in Rawlings the weather is colder, the football teamless successful, and the murder rate much, much higher.

Mike lives with his wife in Boise.

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  • File Size: 5086 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mike Markel; 2 edition (July 10, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 10, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,356 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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