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The Blackmail Club (Jack McCall Mystery Book 2) by [Bishop, David]
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Book 2 of 2 in Jack McCall Mystery (2 Book Series)
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  • File Size: 807 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (December 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007FIQRNE
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Never read a book by David Bishop before but somewhere between Stuart Woods and John Sandford, he reigns! I was captivated by the synopsis, as I am an avid "suspense with a humorous attitude" reader. I am partial to dialogue, and the show-not-tell technique of story telling - David nailed it. An easy read with likeable characters, even the bad guys. Kudos!
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Author David Bishop presents the second book in his Jack McCall series titled: The Blackmail Club. McCall, a former assistant to the CIA Director, emerges as the owner of a Washington, D.C. based detective agency. McCall learns of a dear friend's death and is hired by the widow to learn why her normally stable psychiatrist husband committed suicide. Nora Burk, McCall's partner and confidant, uses her native instinct and intellect to work in harmony with McCall, while radiating feminine charm and sensuality that only dead men could ignore. The investigation uncovers interesting and unusual threads requiring more legwork that yields additional complexities. Together Jack and Nora discover multiple layers of seemingly unrelated events and numerous possibilities that provide some rationale for the doctor's suicide. The case takes McCall from Washington's back alleys and strip clubs to the high-brow blue-nosed realm of society's cultural elite. Suspects abound and McCall must work with and around city police, who deemed the psychiatrist's death as a simple suicide and closed the case. The author's scintillating novel allows readers to peek over McCall's shoulder throughout the book. Once read, the content and style used in The Blackmail Club may convert the most casual reader to an avid fan of master storyteller, David Bishop.

A word of caution dear reader: Be careful when you turn the page. Punches are thrown and bullets fly. Don't forget to duck.
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The Blackmail Club is a terrific gift, so soon after The Third Coincidence!!! (You don't need to have read the first one, but I highly recommend it, and they make reference to it ;-) We get to know Jack McCall much better. He is a welcome and refreshing addition to the horde of DIs milling around hundreds of books. And the narrator pays his respects to the ones we all love, especially Sherlock Holmes. Holmes has an ongoing feud with Moriarty. Jack's search is for a killer who calls himself Moriarty, nudging Jack on until the very end.

In addition, Jack is very close to Humphrey Bogart and to Sam Spade. He watches Bogie's movies, and at one point it says "He also knew he would recover. Not tonight. Not tomorrow. But he could already feel his body fighting to regain itself." Who can forget those famous lines from Casablanca? Jack had also bought a weapon - "a leather-wrapped sap, popular in the 20, and 30s, as memorabilia from Sam Spade's era". He even imagines how Dashiell Hammett (Sam Spade's creator) might have written the description of a character's office. And then the description follows, and it is very close to Dashiell Hammett's style. Great subtle touches!

Nora Burke is back, as Jack's clever and perky partner. Rachel Johnstone is not, and her absence gives us a crucial insight into Jack, as he mourns her. Around him there are other remarkable characters, especially Max Logan, the Irish/Scottish retired cop who starts working for Jack. The three make a great team, and we hope to see them again soon.

The resolution is unexpected and admirably developed. However, if you read the Prologue carefully, some of the answers lie there - a very clever twist!
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This is the first Jack McCall Mystery. Jack is retired CIA and now a private eye in Washington, D.C. with his partner Nora, an ex-cop. I got this on a free download and it was worth every penny. Do the math. The plot was preposterous, the characters one-dimensional (is it possible to have zero dimensions?), and the writing hackneyed. Bishop goes in for some character development though. Take Nora, for example. Here are some examples of his development of Nora:
“She reached inside her blouse to reposition a bra strap …”
“…crossed her arms, pushing her black bra and its mounded contents into sight…”
“…leaned in, her breasts and white bra showing…”
“… and more active breasts than Lauren Bacall…”
“…and crossed her arms, elevating her cleavage…”
Nora is quite developed, it seems, and likes to cross her arms a lot. She also owns many different bras. I’ve heard of breastworks but I thought that term referred only to military fortifications. It appears that it can also refer to bad novels. I’ve been known to dump on female mystery writers who spend half the book describing their heroine’s outfits. Bishop does the same thing with the undergarments … and their mounded contents. As a retired FBI agent, I can attest that Bishop knows zero about blackmail or law enforcement.
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The Blackmail Club is my first David Bishop novel, but it will not be my last. The texture of the writing is reminiscent of Sam Spade, clear, concise, and always twisting and turning forward. It kept me on my Kindle too long many mornings.
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