- File Size: 1000 KB
- Print Length: 315 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1508624577
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: David Grace (February 24, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 24, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00U05KGT0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,584,055 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As others have noted in their reviews, the character development in Death Never Sleeps is superb. Several of the characters portrayed here are considerably different, and thus, more believeable than the sterotypical portrayal in other detective type novels. It's an interesting, fast paced novel, that keeps you turning pages...
Highly recommend this book, as well as others by this author..
I absolutely recommend this book, I loved it, you should also read The Concrete Kiss, same author, another great read.
So, I re-read it (because, of course, with almost 100 books in between, I’d forgotten the details), and I enjoyed it all over again. I rarely read a book twice anymore, so the fact that I read every single word a second time, rather than skimming through to refresh my memory, is a huge endorsement for this book.
I’m always looking for the trifecta of character, story and setting. This book hits all the marks. I live in Los Angeles, so I always enjoy stories set in LA. At times, the author seems to want to disguise the location, changing names of streets and some other locations, but for me, it wasn’t a distraction.
I realized how much I enjoy the character of Chris Hunter, and how Big Jim Donehan carefully schools the boy he sets out to mentor, to shape into a man who is not only a good person, but good for something. The reader sees how still waters run deep in the character of Chris, and how successful Big Jim has been in shaping his life.
For me, the story was mostly about character, and the characters. Each character is carefully constructed, serving as a foil for both Chris Hunter and the story.
The story could plod, yet it doesn’t. It flows steadily and thoughtfully from start to finish, mirroring Chris Hunter’s personality. It starts with the murder of a prostitute, and as the bodies start piling up, Chris finds himself having to sort through the data points, which he understands, and human nature, which he doesn’t, to solve the case. But this story isn’t just about solving a murder, it’s about how lives are shaped and about doing what’s right.
I definitely recommend this book. It’s well written, and there’s more here than just a murder and a police procedural on solving it.
The dead woman turns out to be a prostitute who was strangled, and this discovery sends the detectives on a quest to find the killer. When a high school principal is found strangled and hanging from the school's flagpole a few weeks later, at first there seems to be no connection between the two murders. However, the investigation proves otherwise, and adds yet another murder to the mix, this one a cold case.
The two central characters in the story have all the grit it takes to be a cop, but they also have softer sides that make them almost like heroic knights who slay dragons and save damsels in distress. Big Jim has been a mentor to Chris for many years, and continues to help the younger man learn how to be a better cop and a better man.
I enjoy reading police procedural mysteries, and on many levels this was a satisfying read. The cop behaviors and jargon was spot on, and the convoluted mystery was well done, with enough twists to keep me guessing.
The sub-plot, dealing with the relationship between the two men outside of the job, was also well done, and there was a particularly nice wrap up to that at the end of the story. I really can't say what that was without a major spoiler, so I will leave it to you, kind reader, to find out for yourself, should you get the book.
There were a few places where the main story, the focus on the investigation, got bogged down in back story. That was especially true when the reader was given a lot of detail about other detectives- even full scenes that were only barely connected to the main story. What the reader needed to know about these detectives and the cold case could have been summed up in a few paragraphs.
However, that was not enough of a problem to spoil the read. This was an entertaining story with some memorable characters.