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Black Jack Point Mass Market Paperback – September 3, 2002
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Justice of the Peace Whit Mosley is a laid back, low key type who is honest, straightforward and to the point---he does not suffer fools.
His sidekick Gooch is easily one of the most colorful cronies in print. Gooch's penchant for violence and inclination to work outside the law gets results.
The crooks have committed a double murder in their search for treasure buried along the Texas coast by privateer Jean Laffite.
One of the vics is the uncle of Whit's gal pal---turns out she is sole heir to his valuable waterfront property.
The arrogance of the villains leads to their eventual undoing. They make lousy partners, as they do not trust one another and are busy double-crossing each other as they engage in hijacking, kidnapping and ransom.
It is an exciting, suspenseful crime thriller---where it is impossible to tell the good guys from the bad guys and the bad guys from the really bad guys. Lots of wonderful misdirection.
The finale is a total shocker.
The research into Laffite and his escapades is extensive and an eye opener.
Meanwhile, Claudia Salazar, a police detective, is kidnapped at sea with her boyfriend, Ben. When a ransom is demanded from Ben's brother, the brother refuses to pay and places Claudia directly into harm's way. The question is why? Eventually, Whit and Claudia cross paths as they pursue the same criminals.
Jeff Abbott has written five previous well received novels. A problem with this one is the lack of realism in the characters, of which few are likable. For example, the kidnappers of Ben and Claudia discuss their plans directly in front of the victims allowing them to plan their escape. The plot is clunky in that near the conclusion numerous expositions are required and, of course, the overused stock device of the villain holding the hero captive with a gun while divulging all. The plot is too lengthy as interest wanes near the end. A tighter effort in the future may make the next work by the talented Jeff Abbott truly excellent as this one most definitely is not.
Also dug out of the grave is older bones and parts of a treasure chest. Lucy's boyfriend Judge Whit Mosley tries to console his lover especially when the police zero in on her as a suspect since she is the sole beneficiary to Patch's estate. While Whit deals with one aspect of the crime, his friend police detective Claudia Salozar and her boyfriend are hijacked and held for ransom. The thugs want Ben's brother Alex to turn over the treasure, especially the famous emerald once belonging to Jean Lafitte, otherwise the hostages are going to be killed.
BLACK JACK POINT is an exhilarating crime thriller that is an exciting read because one really doesn't know who are the good guys or the villains. Their actions are designed to confuse the evidence and enables Jeff Abbot to show he is an expert at his craft. This fast paced story line has a shocking climax that the readers will never figure out until it's over. The crime thriller genre has a winner with this strong novel from Mr. Abbott, a rising star.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All of Jeff Abbott's books are really, really good. I have read every one of his books. These books grab you from page one. Cannot wait for his next one.Published 13 months ago by Terry
This was a true ending to the story behind the towns history. I enjoyed each and every chapter looking for to whats next. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've enjoyed all the Whit Mosley books. Keeps me turning the pages.Published 16 months ago by Patricia Brawley
They are fun...but he's sort of a wimp with women. Sharing with my friends.Well be looking for more Judge Whit.Published on May 15, 2013 by James Messerli