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Crystal White Paperback – June 8, 2012
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"Crystal White takes the reader on a journey that explores a complicated relationship between former police partners. Told from multiple viewpoints and solidly plotted...Crystal White is a dark portrayal of the evil that men--and women--can do." - Suspense Magazine
David DeLee sets the plot in motion on the first page...With "Crystal White," [he] has delivered an action-packed adventure on a platter...It's a perfect fit in the crime detective novel world. - Diane Lunsford for Reader Views (9/12)
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Praise for David DeLee and the Grace deHaviland Bounty Hunter series
"...taut and dangerous...Mr. DeLee has proven that he can compete with the best of them in the crime thriller genre." -- WebbWeaver
"This mystery story is original and interesting, with a fascinating point of view character...and even though [DeLee's] playing in that familiar (mystery) world, he still managed to pull off a story that caught me by surprise. Wonderful stuff." --Kristine Kathryn Rusch
"David DeLee...captures...Columbus, Ohio, perfectly in this story about a wealthy but streetwise rapper who may be at the end of his game." --Joe Hartlaub, Bookreporter.com
"DeLee...implements realistic dialogue and the right amount of description while pulling the reader into his well-told story." --Lee Carey, Author of The Thin Line
"David DeLee really packs a lot of action, humor, and twists and turns into this digital short. I enjoyed [Grace deHaviland's] moxie and spunk and look forward to reading about her further exploits." --Giovanni Gelati, gelatisscoop.blogspot.com
"Although "Fatal Tryst" is primarily an action-oriented crime fiction, the social commentary is timely and the message flows seamlessly through the narrative...The characters are fully developed, the setting descriptions very nicely done, and the plot moves quickly. I will be looking for more Grace deHaviland stories." --Donna White Glaser, Author of The Enemy We Know
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The protagonist, Nick Lafferty, is believable as well as likeable.; the story-line was exciting as well as captivating. Overall this was a very well written novel. There were at time, however too many superlatives and adjectives, but although I was provided a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review, I would be more than glad to spend the necessary price for any sequels to this fine work.
The reader is thrust into the plot right from the start as we shadow Special Agent Nick Lafferty leading a task force on a dangerous drug raid. With a mix of technical jargon in the narrative we follow his team as they try to bring down the notorious drug lord kingpin, Ruben Nazario.
During the final stage of the raid Nick gets a call from his wife, he agrees to call her back when he has a free moment. Nick's wife and daughter are waiting for him on his boat in San Diego harbor and when he calls back he unknowingly triggers a device instantly killing his wife and child.
It doesn't take long for Nick to realise it was a set up and his emotions take control of him leaving the force with no alternative but to give Nick time to grief and get his life back on track. However while on compassion leave his only focus is on avenging his loss at any cost.
To compound his grief, Nick is called back to his roots in New York to settle his father's estate. There he reconnects with a former partner Del Harley and learns Ruben Nazario's drug "Crystal White" has spread to the east coast. They agree to pool their efforts and we are reeled back into another exciting hunt with no shortage of action and excitement.
"Crystal White" is a well-written novel that provides a captivating adventure into the crime detective world. The characters are down to earth and quite credible. The plotting is well paced with enough down time to savour the intimate moments and get ready for the next element of surprise. The suspense was quite satisfying and kept me guessing till the very last page.
I enjoyed the ending and how Lafferty showed compassion, along with a slice of sweet justice. DeLee perfectly tied up the loose ends on a positive note. I see a sequel in the future.
DeLee's style, pace, and descriptions are excellent. I highly recommend DeLee to anyone who enjoys well-written crime novels. I consider DeLee to be one of today's best authors. "Nice work, David. Keep smilin'..."