- File Size: 1628 KB
- Print Length: 392 pages
- Publication Date: March 3, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01CJHZYY8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Devil's Jukebox: a Virgil Roy Proctor novel Kindle Edition
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This new novel by California novelist JD Knight earns an equal place in the same crime tradition that I already enjoy, but his work stands solidly on its own, too. The plot twists are just enough to keep pulling you along, but not overly complicated, either. No need to back up a chapter or two in order to refresh yourself, assuming you ever set aside this page turner. I had a hard time putting it down.
Virgil Roy Proctor is a great addition to my personal pantheon of detectives. Quirky and hardboiled, but with a heart, he carries most of the story, but the author allows the other characters in Virgil's orbit to develop and express themselves as well.
The better the writer, plot, and protagonist, the faster I speed through a book like this. I can’t stop turning the pages of a good detective novel, and that’s one of my rating systems. The other measure is how often I stop to admire a well-turned phrase placed in the perfect spot. There were plenty of poetic turns in this book, but always in service of the plot and characters (never for the author’s ego). It was a pleasure to hear such a distinctive, American voice.
I believe anyone could start with this book in the series and get hooked. Next up, I’m going back to Knight’s first novel and see how this private eye adventure begins.
Recently skimming the titles in the Kindle library, I was happy to find a second novel by Mr. Knight, and I downloaded it. 'The Devil's Jukebox' brought back some fond memories of that time in my life as well as gave me a chance to catch up on the same characters laid out so well by the author in his previous book. I was afraid that I wouldn't remember the story line of the first book etc but gradually everything began to fall nicely into place. You don't have to read the first book to enjoy the second one (each one stands alone) but both are naturally tied together by the same quick style and fast moving plot(s).
I just now downloaded the first book (the original paperback is MIA) but wanted to write a few lines about 'The Devil's Jukebox' as it is a very good read and a book you will find hard to put down. You should pick up both (unfortunately my review may be starting to blend the two of them together--sorry) so you have a chance to see several well developed characters at their best--and sometimes their worst--situated mostly in an Oakland environment that is very believable.
Knight's great theme isn't simply the so-called justice system, though; it's family, and fatherhood. Like any good crime novel, THE DEVIL'S JUKEBOX tells a high stakes story that allows Knight to smuggle in all kinds of ideas about what a family is and how it's not just a word, it's a sentence. Which isn't to say the novel is shy about its politics. This JUKEBOX twangs with a bleeding heart eager for justice in a world quick to stack the deck against the little guy.
In this new book, the bowl of delicious is even bigger. With its exciting plot and mix of voices, this sequel is more ambitious and even more fun.
Along with all the great characters, I’m really in love with the setting of Oakland, my adopted home town, the most misunderstood city in America. Author J.D. Knight gets it. His picture of Oakland captures its soul and heart.
Once you sit down with this book, get ready to binge. You won’t want to stop until the carton is empty and your spoon is dry.