- File Size: 1916 KB
- Print Length: 332 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1508624771
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: David Grace (February 24, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 24, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00U0N33PQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,110,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Like other classic writers of this genre – Ed Bane of “87th Precinct” fame comes to mind – Grace knows how to write a gripping tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat from the opening page to the final period.
Using a clever hook – putting us into the brain of one of two mopes who stick up a convenience store with automatic assault rifles – Grace pulls you into the story and keeps you there. Like an elevator heading for the penthouse, you climb from point to point swiftly as the author cleverly introduces new characters and moves you further into the story.
Effortlessly, Grace pushes you into Homeland Security Investigator Greg Kane's life. It is a life that we enter when the convenience store stick-up blows up on the two perps. At the time of the holdup, Greg is still a Baltimore detective. He and his partner Ralph Amoroso foil the robbery, taking out the two perps who spray volumes of lead into the air. Two of those slugs hit Ralph, who goes down hard, and Greg, who miraculously survives a head wound.
The wound changes Kane. Already a brilliant investigator, Greg gains a new clarity and an enhanced ability to look at problems, but the cost is high as he loses his wife and his job. The new Kane is opinionated, cocksure of himself and has little patience for others. Though he gains a new job as an investigator in the Department of Homeland Security, Kane rubs everyone he meets the wrong way and ultimately he is assigned a handler to make sure he doesn't get into trouble. Unfortunately, his partner (aka handler) Grant Eustace is a go-getter with nothing on the ball, except extreme “street smarts.”
Eustace is trying to advance his career by pulling himself into a case involving threats to a Supreme Court justice. He figures a way to horn in to the case, using some advice from Kane. However, rather than earning a great career advancement, Eustace only earns a body bag and leaves Kane a huge mess to clean up.
That mess is the fascinating tale that lies behind “Death Never Lies.” In crafting this tale, Grace shows himself to be every bit the equal of any crime writer that I have read.
Because the theme seems so black and white, many people miss the many nuances that writers like Grace create, assuming these novels to be little more than “bang, bang, shoot-em-ups.” However, if you look at the careful plotting, the careful characterization, the carefully sculpted language, you will see an acutely complex novel that enables you to live the lives of the leading character. It is as if you are one of the characters the author has created.
Grace has masterfully written a gripping novel that grabs hold of you and keeps you within its pages until the satisfying denouement. What is that point? I'll let you find out yourself.
What I did love was Grace's real grasp on high-octane action descriptions, which is largely why this book got four stars, and almost pulled out a fifth. From the very first scene, bullets whizzing and head shots within three pages was enough to get my heart pumping and my fingers flipping pages. I was impressed by the energy of the writing, as well as certain turns of phrase that seemed as if they belonged in a Bond film rather than a detective novel written in the 21st century. All in all, I will likely check out some of Grace's novels, as he clearly is talented, and perhaps I am just a bit jaded. An enjoyable romp of unlikely villains and spiraling, wild plot turns, but not a bad way to spend a few afternoons that will surely stretch into evenings.
I wasn't sure I would like this book when I first started reading it. But as I went along it was somewhat good. I'm not sure that the author had really got the plot figured out before starting it. There were so many things that were the same or were coincidental. that to me led to a hasty ending. I don't think it was the writing, I feel it was the plot flow. Just wasn't smooth. Now, I did find that Mr. Grace wrote with some great descriptive wording. The book is action filled from the start. As you get into the action scenes you can almost feel the air blow by you as the guns go off.I wonder if he put those breaks in the flow of the book so the reader would stop a second and think about what was going on and what would be next. I found I was starting to turn the pages faster as I got more into the book. I think the title fits right into the plot of the book. My only real fault with the book is I wanted the flow to be a little more even.Overall a good book to curl up with on a rainy, chilly afternoon.
I received a complimentary copy of DEATH NEVER LIES fro the author, David Grace for my view of the book. No other compensation took place.