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Crazy Eights: A Jake Hines Mystery (Jake Hines Mysteries) Hardcover – February 10, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
In Gunn's engaging sixth police procedural to feature Rutherford, Minn., police captain Jake Hines (after 2002's Seventh-Inning Stretch), Jake is thrilled that smalltime hood Benny Niemeyer, implicated in the kidnapping and murder of IBM employee Shelley Gleason, appears to be headed for a long prison stretch. Benny is acquitted at his trial, however, and the Rutherford PD gets the blame for fouling up the case. Dogged and determined, Jake looks into the case again, trying to locate a missing witness and to figure out how the gun of a local philanthropist became the murder weapon. When Benny turns up dead in a skate-boarding park, Jake and his detectives are awash in questions and no answers. While Jake pieces together the last hours of Shelley and Benny by day, he finds escape from his grim profession in the arms of forensics queen Trudy Hanson at night. The two still commute to their rundown farmhouse, harvesting vegetables as barter for needed renovations. An appealing protagonist, a well-developed supporting cast and a thought-provoking plot add up to fine mystery entertainment.
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*Starred Review* What makes Gunn's Jake Hines series such a joy to read? The answer is Jake himself, who happens to be one of the most compelling protagonists in the mystery genre--and not because he is gorgeous and brilliant. Self-described as having a "mixed-race face that looks like it was designed by a committee," Jake is also capable of some impressive blunders. What makes the Rutherford, Minnesota, police captain so endearing is his huge heart. He carries himself with dignity and humility and treats others with respect. By making Jake the narrator, Gunn allows readers to get to know the complex man even better than his fellow cops and girlfriend do. In this outing, Jake and staff investigate the death of a thug named Benny Niemeyer, who was recently acquitted of murder. The case involves drugs and takes the police from the richest neighborhoods in town, where the dealers cavort, to the poorest, where the users struggle to survive. The bleak and violent urban world Jake encounters by day is softened by the cozy and comforting evenings he spends in his old country farmhouse with girlfriend Trudy. Newcomers to the series will relish the fascinating police procedural, but longtime fans will most enjoy spending more time with Jake. Gunn's series has been garnering good reviews for a long time now, but it deserves to sit at the table with the genre's elite. Jenny McLarin
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The next day a freed Benny is dead; the medical examiner declares he was murdered. Although Jake wanted this vermin put away for life and commiserates with the killer, he searches for the culprit. His inquiries lead to the town's richest family who has done so much for the community.
This author is a top Gunn when it comes to providing some of the best police procedurals on the market today. There is enough romance in CRAZY EIGHTS to satisfy fans of that genre, but it is clearly the investigation that readers will appreciate. The story line is brilliantly filled with false leads, red herrings, and misinformation that take the audience down wrong trails (sounds like the political parties). Readers will like the ethical Jake, a mixed racial person who usually ignores the ignorance of racists; the news from his live-in lover sets up a freshness for his next appearance and giving his fans plenty to look forward to.
I found the beginning court room drama slow going but once the verdict was in things started heating up and became interesting. The relationship and struggles of Trudy and Jack remind everyone how things will work out in the end if they are meant to and give the reader hope of a better tomorrow.
Gunn's sixth Jake Hines mystery has me curious as how the tale of Jake began as well as how it will end.