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Every Secret Crime (Five Star First Edition Mystery) Hardcover – June 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star First Edition Mystery
  • Hardcover: 429 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (ME); First Edition (US) First Printing edition (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594146659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594146657
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,062,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
In Wihega County, Illinois an intruder breaks into the home of renowned TV show hosts attorneys Croix and Margo Hayden; he expected no one home at the time. However, the teenage son Trey is there so the assailant shoots him in the chest before fleeing. The victim's sister finds him.

The county cops hone in on Trey's pal Lucas Bremer as they had a fight at a party earlier that night over the former's girlfriend Lindsey and he was seen later at the crime scene. However, TV reporter Reno McCarthy thinks the cops are looking for an easy solution to make this media frenzied case vanish even as officials control the news better than the Pentagon does. He begins his own inquiry while the police refuse to cooperate and warn him to back off or spend time in jail; someone else uses a firebomb at the station to try to get Reno off the case. All these attacks, other related murders, watching corrupt powerbrokers scurrying like roaches for cover and personal problems intensify Reno's investigation

This is an entertaining journalistic investigative tale as Reno finds the cops and the county government acting peculiar as if they must conceal something that he plans to reveal once he learns what is going on. The story line is fast-paced and never slows down as Reno takes a licking but keeps on ticking.

Harriet Klausner
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Format: Hardcover
Reno McCarthy has a lot on his plate. He feels betrayed by a life-long friend who is in hospital, he’s got PTS from his previous adventure, and now a murder case has him looking over his shoulder for Mob connections and crooked cops. However, he’s still got his wits and determination, his loyal friends, and a desire to see justice prevail to keep him on track. He’ll need them all as he battles thugs, deception, and a flighty boss while trying to keep his job and his limbs intact, and bring down the bad guys. Doug Cummings does a wonderful job of plotting and character development, and weaves a worthy story that kept me guessing how it would end. I highly recommend this book!
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Reno McCarthy makes another appearance in Every Secret Crime, the follow-up to Cummings' first novel, Deader by the Lake. Recent events, including the critical illness of an old friend, weigh on McCarthy as he investigates murder and political corruption in fictional Wihega County, one of Chicago's more prosperous outlying areas.

Cummings once again brings his crime reporter savvy to McCarthy and we are treated to an insider's look at a television news organization. This entertaining, fast-action page turner is a great addition to the series and I am looking forward to the next Reno McCarthy novel.
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Reno McCarthy is the kind of reporter I wish was working a beat in my town! He's a no nonsense professional who works a story to the end, even if it puts him in personal jeopardy. In Deader by the Lake he was caught up in a lot of action (vs the Russian mob). In Every Secret Crime, he's cracking an old crime, in spite of interference from corrupt cops. My 81 year old mother stayed up 'til 5:00 am to finish the book - talk about a "page turner"! I'm eagerly awaiting Mr. Cummings' next Reno McCarthy book!
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I found Every Secret Crime to be a fast-paced thriller that was hard to put down. The characters were well thought out and presented in a very descriptive fashion. I really enjoyed the plot and story line that kept me guessing throughout the book. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys crime-action novels. Also, fun for Chicagoans as this is based in an affluent Chicago suburb. A great summer read!
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