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False Positive: A Novel (Detective Cooper Devereaux) Paperback – June 28, 2016
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Praise for False Positive
“A fast-moving thriller . . . Readers who like defects in their heroes will love this guy, who knows he’s not as good as he’d like to be. The final twist comes just as all finally seems well with the world. A dark, enjoyable novel. One of [Andrew] Grant’s better works.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Engrossing . . . Action-driven, the book’s pace never stops until the startling conclusion, which will chill to the core.”—RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)
Praise for Andrew Grant’s RUN
“An adrenaline-fueled thrill ride that will have your head spinning and your heart pounding.”—Joseph Finder
“High stakes, high tension, and nonstop action . . . Hang on and enjoy this smart, original, and fast-paced adventure.”—Hank Phillippi Ryan
“Relentless, twisty, and blistering fast, it’s a book you don’t dare start at bedtime.”—Sean Chercover
“A whizbang of a novel with just the right dose of smart-ass.”—Chelsea Cain
“Breathtakingly fast-paced.”—Harlan Coben
“A perfect thriller—smart, fast, and blazing with nonstop surprises.”—Robert Crais
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Andrew Grant is the author of RUN, False Positive, and False Friend. He was born in Birmingham, England. He attended the University of Sheffield, where he studied English literature and drama. He ran a small independent theater company, and subsequently worked in the telecommunications industry for fifteen years. Grant and his wife, the novelist Tasha Alexander, live on a wildlife preserve in Wyoming.
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Cooper is a highly successful detective perhaps because he has a checkered background and is willing to operate on the edge of acceptability to solve cases. He was orphaned as a child and raised by a retired police officer but a case involving the disappearance of 7 year old Ethan Crane begins a series of events and revelations that rock everything Cooper thought he knew about himself. He is teamed with Jan Loflin, another detective with mysterious baggage who may or may not be investigating Cooper's questionable background--but something unusual is going on with her.
As the case eventually expands into a search for a serial kidnapper and killer, readers are led to question Cooper's memories of his background as well as Loflin's motivations and background. Who can be trusted by whom? With time running out on Ethan, Cooper discovers a heretofore secret of his own backstory that may imperil not only his life but the lives of those he loves most. The plot line is familiar in parts and convoluted in parts and if read as a police procedural, it is certainly an acceptable quick read. However, as stated above, the surprise twist with a character after the denouement, chilled any future interest I may have had in this series.
Det. Cooper Devereaux has been called back from suspension to partner with relative newcomer Jan Loflin, investigating the disappearance of a 7-year-old boy. Did the parents murder the boy? If he was kidnapped, why have there been no ransom demands? While the case brings up events in Devereaux’s own past, Loflin seems to be investigating both the case, and her partner.
The book starts with very short chapters that jump between characters and file information on Devereaux, and include cliff-hanger chapter endings. This does improve as we get further into the story.
The characters are interesting; Devereaux who carries a lot of past around with him, Loflin whose motives are suspect. They are an interesting combination, but somewhat stereotypical. While Jan seems to be a “by-the-book” cop, Devereaux style is more “what book?”. However, Jan’s insecurity and gullibility does become a big tiresome until you understand what motivates it. Each develops and becomes both more complex, and more interesting, as they story progresses. One can appreciate who Devereaux’ PDST is woven thru the story.
Grant does have a good voice—“Devereaux had always thought of the fourth floor conference room as the place where enthusiasm went to die.” He does do a very good job of conveying the stress under which the parents of a missing child would be.
“False Positive” is an exciting read, full of wicked twists all the way to the end, although the final twist was rather predictable. Still, if you’re looking for an escapist read for a weekend, or airplane trip, here it is.
FALSE POSITIVE (Pol Proc-Det. Cooper Devereaux-Alabama-Cont) – G+
Grant, Andrew – 2nd in series
Ballantine Books – Jun 2016
DP Lyle, award-winning author of the Jake Longly, Samantha Cody, and Dub Walker thriller series
Normally, this is not a genre of story that I typically read. I picked it up only because I've read the author's work before, and recalled that I enjoyed it.
This reads like the world's largest, most intricately detailed episode of Criminal Minds. Only there was nothing the least bit predictable about it.