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- Print Length: 340 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1508862753
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- Publisher: David Grace; Book 2 edition (March 11, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 11, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UM8LX7Y
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David has an affinity for mystery/crime novels and with his legal background it is rather easy to understand why he more than many other mystery writers has the insight into the criminal mind. DEATH DOESN'T CARE is a sequel to his popular novel DEATH NEVER SLEEPS in which he introduced his strong character Detective Chris Hunter. While many may think they need to have read Death Never Sleeps to understand this new novel, David is a jump ahead in that he opens this book with chapters that are labeled three years ago and two and a half years ago before Chris Hunter enters the present day situation. These overture chapters are rich in grimy detail and paint a street crime picture so well it touches all the senses and set up background of the current story. Then throughout the book he weaves references to the past in separate chapters - like peaking into different doors in a dank hallway - before stepping back into the present
From the synopsis we get the overall arc of the story (minus the delicious details David pens so very well): `Detective Chris Hunter stumbles across the files on the Early Bird Cafe Massacre of eight brutally murdered people in an abandoned storage locker and begins to wonder if the real killer might still be on the loose. Since the case had been closed and the killer sent to Death Row, Chris leafed through the Murder Books mostly out of curiosity, until he found a reference to his old partner, Big Jim Donegan. When Chris saw Big Jim's name his interest in the Early Bird Café killings took on a whole new urgency. The deeper Hunter probed the more he began to wonder if the gang-banger convicted of the crime might have been framed. If he had been set up then one or more cold-blooded killers were still on the loose and Hunter can't and won't let that go, if for no other reason than that he owes catching them to Big Jim.'
It takes a master of his medium to capture the attention of readers in isolated books when the reader is new to the writer's works. This David Grace does, in spades. He is a master tale spinner. And if the reader is hungry for more there are excerpts from the prequel to this book at books end - and even a sneak peak into another of David's novels. WARNING: They can become addicting! Grady Harp, March 15
It doesn't read like a typical mystery or a thriller, because there isn't really a mystery. Author David Grace has the book set up in almost two parts, the present day with detective Chris Hunter who is trying to solve a massacre that happened years ago and was 'solved', and flashbacks of the actual crime. So I knew what had happened, removing the mystery. However the fun part was seeing how close detective Hunter was to discovering the truth, and when he was going after a red herring.
This style is definitely not for everyone, and a few times I thought the book was doing a bit too much telling rather than showing. But it's a unique way of writing the story. I could see how with a bit more practice this story telling method could work really well, but it needs a bit of tweaking. So I'm going to say 4 stars only.
So, this is a mystery novel? Well, no. What happens is that Chris starts proper police work, interviewing those who he can come across, and as he starts to make progress, there is a flash-back and we see part of what actually happened, in other words we get "progress reports" on whether Chris is getting warm. This is a somewhat unusual way of writing, so the book is more a drama than a mystery, and I found this to be quite enthralling. The ending is a bit on the weak side and I feel the author could have made more of it, nevertheless I am giving it the fifth star first for having an original structure to the story, and secondly be having excellent judgment in pulling it off very well for most of the story.