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There are several other characteristics about this writer's work that I also like, e.g., plot is always strong, and best of all, leaves me with great reader memory. In other words, when, if, I put the book down, I can come back to it without having to re read pages to remember what is going on. That speaks well, to me, of good continuity of plot. Character development is also well done. You know, and believe, why the protagonist is a good person, and why the antagonist is not. This book has several of each, all of whom carry this trait to the bitter end.
I like good rising action leading to good falling action with anti climax and then resolution. Again, this book does not disappoint.
I do not re-tell story lines in my reviews, but pick any in the series and be pleased. The good news is that Jeff Carson does not write cliff hangers, each book stands on its own bottom, so makes no difference where one starts. although I do encourage reading "Gut Decision" as a primer, which the author will provide in return for a review.
Carson is a gifted writer, among several that I read. One that comes to mind in that category is Lehane. If unfamiliar with Dennis Lehane, pick up a copy, or view the movie, "Mystic River" starring Sean Penn. But, I digress. Read this writer, you won't be disappointed. Who knows, you may end up like me, a David Wolf addict!
This book, Dire, is the latest in the David Wolf series by Jeff Carson. It's a really good read, incorporating this author's gift for characters, his ability to tell an interesting story, and the good sense to leave out the unnecessary minutiae of over description. Carson's characters will become your friends, you'll take the book with you to get a drink from the fridge, and you won't be skipping pages to get to the next interesting part. Read it. Really.
But I digress.
Dire was a fantastic read for me.
My reviews tend to be more about the emotion I feel while reading. I don't like reviews that share what goes on in the book.
Being a writer, I'm keenly aware of the use of words. Jeff does a superb job using creative adjectives to add lots of spice to the book. When a writer does this it helps create a much clearer image of what the author is trying to convey.
For example, a writer could say, "Drexel hit the young girl's head with a stick." or a better writer might say, "Drexel bashed they young girl's delecate skull with a knobby oak branch."
Jeff Carson is that better writer.
My only regret is reading this book out of sequence. I wish I would have started at the beginning of the series so I could better appreciate all the characters in this tale that happens in a snowstorm in the Colorado Rockies!
Great book Jeff, keep 'em coming.
This one starts with Chief Detective David wolf and Detective Sgt. Barker heading home after attending a law enforcement meeting. As they drive Dave spots where a vehicle went over the cliff and is now upside down in the water below.
Of course Dave immediately heads down to see if anyone is alive. Sgt. Barker isn't as anxious to help. Dave does save one man and yells at Barker to call for back up and EMS. Barker does so. One man is saved the other, the passenger, is already dead. Wolf sprains his ankle badly on the way down so he knows he's going to have to have it looked at. He's also wondering about Barkers actions. Barker is a man Dave doesn't trust.
Barker is a man who was elevated into his position as Sgt. by Sheriff MacLean. Seems vote getting is more important than having someone who is actually qualified to do the job. Wolf knows this but there isn't much he can do about it. But you can bet he keeps his eye on Barker because he has the feeling Barker has his own agenda. How right he turns out to be.
On arrival at the Sheriffs office Dave find the Sheriff is very pleased with the rescue as this puts his Department in a very good light. He's already thinking of the election which is twenty two months away. He has competition in a man named Adam Jackson.
Jackson was a former Chief of Police from Aspen. He's a smooth talker with an even smoother appearance. A real political powerhouse who had many high up friends in governments across the nation. He likes to present himself as a humble man who liked to mingle with people. He's a man that has MacLean very worried. Dave doesn't give a s**t. He just wants to do his job and politics bore the hell out of him.
After speaking with the Sheriff Dave heads for the hospital to get his ankle taken care of.
On arrival at the hospital Dave meets a nurse. She's someone Dave has never seen and is immediately attracted to this very attractive lady.
Dave is still mourning the death of his ex-wife. Its something he realizes he will always do but this nurse is someone he wants to get to know a lot better.
Lauren Coulter is her name and she's only been in Rocky Points for two months having moved from Denver. Coulter was the CEO of her own company, a very large lucrative company. She left the position because she didn't want to deal with the bulls**t that position entailed. She left to become a nurse. Her company is worth millions and she gets paid every month so she really doesn't have to work but enjoys being a nurse. So work she does.
Lauren has a little girl from her marriage. The little girl is five years old. Her marriage ended in divorce after her father was killed by her husband. A husband who's in jail.
Lauren meets Dave for drinks and from there she invites Dave to her house for dinner.
On that day Dave pulls up to her house and immediately knows something isn't right. The house looks deserted and there are tracks. Snow is falling and the weather reports there is a blizzard on the way.
After checking the house Dave heads out back. This is where he finds the body of a woman. . A woman who body has been hacked with a knife. Her throat has been cut. The woman isn't Lauren. Dave doesn't know what to think but the one thing he's sure of is that Lauren is in a world of trouble.
So begins another great read by Carson.
This one has Dave, Lauren, Laurens daughter, a man named Mathew Bristol, a council woman named Judy Fleming, Laurens brother, kidnapping, a diamond necklace, the new CEO of Lauren's company, a blizzard, a trip to Denver by Lauren, a Dave who's approached by Jackson, murder, drugs, a Bristol who's good with computers, a sheriff who's more worried about his re-election than he appears to be about murder, a Barker who files a report making it look like he rescued the man in the overturned car, Patterson, a Patterson who's eight months pregnant with her first child, a Patterson who's still as competent as she can be, a Patterson who saves Dave and Laura, Rachett, Hernandez, death, murder, attempted murder, a plan by Bristol to make himself wealthy, and Dave Wolf doing his best to figure it all out, rescue a little girl and save the damned day.
Five Stars and then some.
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