- Series: Daggers & Steele
- Paperback: 290 pages
- Publisher: Batdog Press; 1 edition (February 12, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1942274157
- ISBN-13: 978-1942274155
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,638,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crucible Steele (Daggers & Steele) (Volume 5) Paperback – February 12, 2016
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See Castle season 8.
But Crucible Steele, the fifth book in the Daggers & Steele series, not only bucks that rule, it manages to tell a gripping tale in the process. Alex P. Berg gives protagonist Jake Daggers some real depth in this book, which is the real strength of this entry, and he even manages to develop Daggers' relationship with Steele even further.
Not bad, considering they spend not even half the book in each others' presence.
The case harkens back to someone from Daggers' past, and he finds himself facing some tough, almost impossible, choices. This is the darkest of the series so far, and while the shift in tone might be off-putting to some, it's not so jarring that it detracts from the story. In fact, Daggers himself makes sure things never get too dark.
Corrupt cops, organized crime, modern-day noir feel... in a lot of ways, Crucible Steele embodies the crime procedural. But Berg's attention to detail, his ability to keep his characters at the center of everything, makes this entry far more than the paint-by-numbers cop caper it could've turned into.
Next to Time to Steele, Crucible Steele is the best of the series so far. This is still a pleasant, at-time whimsical read, a mystery that doesn't waste its time getting lost in the weeds and makes sure to give you the same character moments you've come to expect from this series. Berg has another winner here -- this one with a good bit of meat on the bone.
And can we talk about Daggers and Steele on a personal level for a sec? I don’t want to give anything away, but I mean—finally! Thank you! Something happens! (And no, it doesn’t get racy. So sad. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the next book.)
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that is I am reading much to fast for my own good.
So on I fly!!! Wheee!