Dying for Justice: A Detective Jackson Mystery Paperback – March 23, 2012
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"Sellers is an expert at creating deeply human characters, together with a plot that kept picking up speed as it hurtled to an ending that sent chills up & down my back. Just as that settled down, the ending had me in goosebumps. Sellers' just keep getting better and this is her best one yet. Highly recommended."--Crimespree magazine
About the Author
- Publisher : Spellbinder Press (March 23, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 310 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0983213836
- ISBN-13 : 978-0983213833
- Item Weight : 10.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
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Evans has a larger part in this one and she does very well. Jackson, as usual, gives it all to solve any crime he is working on but he has a very personal interest in this one.
Many reviews have been written about the story itself so I won't go there. I am a reader, not a writer so I could not express my self as well as some of the other reviewers do. I just know what I like and what I would recommend.
This one has a couple of surprise endings I did not see coming, one involving Jackson's brother and the other the dirty cop. Hope they surprise you also.
If you want a mystery that will hold your attention and you won't want to put it down, then I think you will enjoy this one.
Wade Jackson is a fully realized detective and human being. He is divorced and raising a fifteen year old daughter. He has just begun a relationship and it means a lot to him and his obsessive tendencies along with the on-call all the time nature of the homicide detectives work can put a strain on even the strongest of unions. Can he do his job and be a loving partner and a caring father? These real life challenges are not shrunk from in Seller's work, but inform the subtext of every day's challenges. These are not merely alluded to as background but are a vital part of the story.
The case some ten years prior was the seemingly senseless murder of Detective Wade Jackson's parents. It begins with him receiving a letter from the convicted man claiming he was tortured into a confession and had not, in fact, performed the murders but had been present as a thief and robbed their home; however, he claimed that they were already dead. He requested a face-to-face visit from the detective. Though skeptical of the con's motive, Jackson decides to visit him on death row. He discovers the man is dying of cancer and wanted him to know the truth. When he meets the alleged killer face to face and interviews him, he found the man's story to be credible. This sets the story in motion.
His sometimes partner and protege detective Lara Evans picks up a seemingly unrelated case of her own. However, the deeper into both cases they delve the more odd connections they find between the two murders a decade apart. Needless to say Jackson's obsessive nature along with his protege's ultimately leads to the shocking truth which shatters not only his personal illusions but also nearly destroys his newly established romance.
In weaving this intricate web of evidence and circumstance, author L.J. Sellers never hits a false note. The story moves apace, with lots of plot twists and action. All ring true. This is no obvious,'I'll figure this out by chapter Three' tale. It's filled with revelations that twist around the spine of realism and truth Sellers brings to the table. She is a fine crafter of tales and I eagerly followed each twist and turn to the shocking but very satisfying conclusion.
One strange thing I really like about her books is that she gives both a map of the city and surrounds of Eugene, Oregon with the key places in the world of the police highlighted but that she also has an old fashioned Cast of Characters page which describes the players in the story. As a former actor and director, I particularly liked the playbill feeling because it allowed me to have in my head the names and relationships that would allow me to tune into the story and co-create the dark, violent world of lethal crime more easily. It really can help the reader to quickly attune to the place and people who populate the particular world in which her stories are set..
I am an avid reader, often reading two to three novels in a day. I must say I was pleased not only with the quality and pleasure I gained from Sellers' writing but the fact that the Kindle Price was affordable was the best surprise of all. If you are looking for a realistic, hard-boiled and honest and inventive author, you'll definitely find it in L.J. Sellers. She doesn't let you down and her language can be just as rough and true to life as you will find in any real squad room or patrol car! Four stars plus! A great buy and a great read! Sellers is the real deal.
One of the things Sellers does in this book that I really enjoyed was giving us the POV of both Evans and Jackson as they each worked on their cases and with each other. Jackson is working on a cold case and a very personal one: the murder of his parents. Evans is working on an old case as well, the assault and attempted murder of a woman two years previous. She has been in a coma for two years and comes out of it to work with Evans to see what really happened to her.
Both cases are so interesting, and the characters are so real. The writing is tight and the story moves quickly and crisply. I hope that LJ Sellers keeps writing her Detective Jackson stories for many, many years to come!
Top reviews from other countries
The plot was ridiculous and the writing naff! I will try not to write a spoiler but in all honesty L.J Sellers already did that! The bizarre connection between the girl who had been unconscious and our hero is so far fetched and wow the timing of the two events unfolding, really?
The way the characters just believed what was being said is so unrealistic, surely most would have questioned the validity of it all not believed it? The cheesey 'passion' expressed in the thoughts of our characters makes me want to puke; maybe it's because I am not American but goodness it's excessively cringe worthy.
I read the first book by this author and it was all very much the same as this but I thought I would give her another try and see if she had developed her writing, but sadly no such luck.
It was that annoying and unbelievable that I have removed another of her books from my Kindle before reading it.
This book is meant to be about the murder of the central characters parents and the tie in with another new case. Not a bad premise but at no point does this author convey any emotion at all on the pages. Grief, anger, love and surprise are all treated as though the characters have just opened a cereal packet. It is like the story is mapped out and we need to get from A to B as quickly as possible and never mind the writing in between. Formulaic and simplistic, you expect authors to grow and develop characters but the ones in these novels remain as one dimensional as when first encountered. I've now given up on this author.
I also find it hard to comprehend the time scale that the author is writing in, this is number 5 in the series, less than a year is meant to have passed and yet we have had all these massive crimes occur in a small town? Frankly beyond belief even in the world of fiction.
However, the ending I found disappointing. To introduce a character who turns out to be the perp, at this stage is a bit of a cop out, as well as raising a few credibility questions. The first is how did Norquist know where Evans and Gina were going to be when he shot Gina? Also, how did Jackson's brother Derrick, know that he was doing a runner and heading for the airfield?
I would have much preferred the murderer, if not Bekker (too obvious), to have been one of the characters we had already been introduced to.