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Death of a Bankster (A Maddie Richards Mystery Book 2) by [Bishop, David]
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  • File Size: 960 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Publication Date: December 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CEO1M66
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By J. Toppins on October 8, 2013
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After reading all of the glowing reviews this author received, I was surprised to find his prose so awkward. Here is a segment of dialogue from the first page of the book:

"Come in, mother. It's open."
"My God, Paige. You're drinking wine. It's eight-thirty in the morning. What's wrong? On the phone you sounded all in a panic. By the way, your yard looks wonderful. Did you hire that gardener I told you about last month?"
"Yes, Mother. Yes. I hired your gardener. Damn it ... I didn't call you to talk about ... screw the friggin flowers, Mother."
"Relax, Paige. Relax. Nothing is worth getting in such a dither. Sit down. I'll get you some coffee. Oh, I see you've already made some. So, the bottle has not completely replaced the bean in your mornings. Whatever it is, dear, together we'll find a solution. We always do. I'm always here to do what must be done."

The author also likes awkwardly constructed sentences which contain supporting clauses not set off by commas. I was jolted completely out of the story time and again by having to reread a sentence to get the author's meaning. I read a lot and I easily get into a story so I'm not used to having to start and stop just to figure out how a sentence ought to be punctuated to make it understandable.

Lastly, I was not convinced by the love interest part of the story - I couldn't see what made the lovers attracted to one another, except that they said they were attracted.
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If you like David Bishops thrillers, you'll love this one. Maddie Richards, Homicide Detective uses her connections and problem solving skills to track down the perpetrator of the Death of the Bankster. A bankster is a banker that is a gangster. Anyhow, someone killed one of these guys! (Should more be on the list?) But, is there an ulterior motive for the demise of this character. Has he been skimming a little off the top? Not only is he a Bankster, he's a womanizer that has no problem being unfaithful to his wife, who has always been faithful to him. Anyhow, the US Information Services, the FBI, CIA and the Phoenix Police Dept all coordinate their resources to figure out who the murderer is. Maddie has time to make sure her love life and family life are not secondary to her excellent police work. This is a very well written book and is very much worth your time..
Written by Kenneth Drew
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I can't believe the good reviews of this author. Maybe the are all men? Because it's so very obvious that these books are written by a man. His sexual descriptions are exactly what a guy would say; though he has female characters calling their breasts funbags. Oh there is much more, but that just stuck in my mind. In short, the writing is poor and juvenile. Couldn't get past all of it, including poor grammar. Just no.
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I started reading Mr Bishop with "The Woman"... incredible, read it in 10 hours, could not put it down.

My second book was Death of a Bankster... By this time I had decided to read ALL of Mr Bishop's books and I started with the Maddie Richards Mysteries. What a wonderful trip! "Bankster" is actually the second book in the Maddie Richards Mysteries. After finishing "Bankster", I purchased the first book in the series called "The Beholder", and I can't wait to get started. But I am getting ahead of myself.

The other reviewers did an excellent job of describing the plot lines of "Bankster", but I am more interested in describing why you will enjoy this book so much.
PLOT LINE .... The plot is different and exciting. We begin with a murder, and the FBI agents disappear, along with the victim.
Sergeant Maddie Richards, spends the plot line trying to discover what happened, by and to whom.

CHARACTERS... The characters are well established in the beginning chapters and the excitement builds from there. A character from "The Woman" is present in the "Bankster" and the transition is flawless. Ryan Testler is key to both stories. I agree with an earlier review, that the romance between Ryan and Maddie is totally believeable, and you want them to "get together", you will have to read the book to find out whether they do.

This book, just like Mr Bishop's other book is an absolute "page turner", leaving the reader so enthralled they will be reluntant to put the book down.
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"Death of a Bankster" takes you inside an outwardly famous and seemingly "normal" family while the guilt or innocence of the scion's grandson is determined. It is rare to read a gripping mystery that can also be considered good literature.

Samantha N. Brown
King City, Ontario
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Actually, the story is pretty good...BUT...please edit. There were words used incorrectly, poor punctuation, etc. I really love to read but it is very irritating to be on edit mode all the time. Because the plot was good, I may buy another of this author's books. If I have to edit that, then I won't buy anymore. Also I don't think explicit sexual scenes really help the story much, nor does profanity. Agatha Christie surely didn't need to use either and she wrote great books!
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