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Black Jack Point Mass Market Paperback – September 3, 2002

3.8 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Whit Mosley Series

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'Brutal and compelling... Abbott provides a tightly-plotted, heart-racing read that ends in an explosive climax.' PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH '...one of my favourite discoveries was Jeff Abbott ...stylishly done and great entertainment. Abbott is certainly on my reading list from now on.' PUBLISHING NEWS --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Jeff Abbott is the nationally bestselling, award-winning author of six novels of mystery and suspense. His novels have been called "exciting, shrewd, and beautifully crafted" (Chicago Tribune) and "fresh, original,intricately woven" (Publishers' Weekly). A fifth-generation Texan, he spent his childhood in Austin and Dallas with parents and grandparents who loved to tell stories. His novels include the USA Today bestseller and Anthony Award nominee A KISS GONE BAD; the Agatha and Macavity Award winner DO UNTO OTHERS; THE ONLY GOOD YANKEE; PROMISES OF HOME; and DISTANT BLOOD. His latest novel, BLACK JACK POINT won an Edgar Award. Jeff lives in Austin with his wife and two sons. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (September 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451410505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451410504
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,467,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jeff Abbott's "Black Jack Point" is a well-deserved PBO nominee for both the Edgar and Anthony.
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.
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Whit Mosley is a judge- locally elected with no legal background, as well as, coroner in a small Texas coastal community. Whit's girlfriend, Lucy, is distraught over the deaths of her uncle and his girlfriend. They were murdered and their bodies were found on the uncle's property at Black Jack Point. Buried with the bodies were old bones and rusted hinges dating back almost two hundred years. Whit thinks the murders may have had something to do with the buried treasure of Jean Laffite, the Pirate King.
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.
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I like other Jeff Abbott series so tried Whit Mosley. first book in series was just ok. This second one was disjointed, provided little introductory background to the characters who were not believable. Poor love story and the main character Whit Mosely was barely functioning. I'll read the third in the series and hope it improves. The main characters have potential but need a lot more development. Too much time spent on the police officer and her ex that goes nowhere. Whit's relationship with his father, brothers, stepmother not explored. Background of his ugly friend Guuch not explained. The series lacks depth with not very interesting plots.
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By CAR on December 23, 2014
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Boring. Just did not make me want to read into the night. It was ok but not a OMG I have to read the series. He has great reviews from authors I enjoy reading but this book was boring. Despite how short the book was it took me over a week to read it.
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Plowing through this book and hoping, (against hope as it turned out), that at some point it would gain traction and my interest, I reached the ending and realized I'd simply wasted most of an afternoon ..... even if it was a rainy one. A multitude of haphazardly developed characters centered around a double murder, a kidnapping and a treasure hunt can't disguise the lack of a coherent or entertaining plot in this book. The "bad" guys are straight from the comics and the "good" guys are even tough to take. Edgar nominee aside, I missed the magic in this one.
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By A Customer on September 14, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Crooks don't make good partners because they almost always try to cheat each other. Jimmy Bird and Alex are digging for treasure on Patch Gilbert's land in Black Jack Point, Texas. Patch and his significant other return early surprising the thieves. When Patch's niece Lucy reports him missing, the police drive over to his home and unearth their remains.

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.

Harriet Klausner
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