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* "Exciting,thrill-a-minute story; engaging characters; snappy dialogue - all come togetherin "Girl Jacked"...There's a bit of police procedural, crime drama,murder mystery, along with the antics of the two protagonists...I lovedReplacement. She's my favorite new character in a novel in a long time..." - Cheryl Stout - Amazon Top 600 Vine Voice Reviewer * "Wow! Whata great story! I have never read a Jack Stratton novel but now I am hooked." - HortonVanB * "One ofthe very best series I have read...I loved that they were not the classic"formula" used by so many these days. Highly recommend!" -Judith Ross * "I'm a bigfan of the mystery/thriller genre, as my bookcase and Kindle will attest. Thisis one of the best I have read. ... Jack and Replacement are characters you canbelieve exist - flawed, confused and yet strong in their own ways." - JT Hughes * "It wasabsolutely fabulous, vividly drawn visuals, Replacement is adorable andfrustrating. Jack just the right mix of hero and regular guy. Can already seethis as a movie." - Marlene Troupe "Marlene" * "Glad Itried this... Constant action, twists, and interaction of characters. Fastpaced." - Athena Squirrell * "My hatsoff to the author for showing me that a fun book of this type can be that way& not use the f-word over & over..." - Book & musiclover * "Finally amystery novel that takes a new approach" - Stephen B. Fraser *"It's a fun summer blockbusteraction-thriller on paper...I nominate Charlie Hunnam to play Jack in the movieversion." - FruGAL
Jack Stratton is a cop. We first meet him on a night shift where he single-handedly 'calms down' three drunken lumberjacks who were causing trouble in a bar. After a stressful night he returns to his apartment only to find a naked girl in the shower and a very pissed off girlfriend. The naked girl turns out to be his foster sister whom he hadn't seen for many years. She tells him that his best friend's sister has disappeared and he's the only person who can help find her.
That's how the story begins and it only gets better from there.
This was a great book. A mystery that gets more and more complicated, interesting characters and great humor. I found myself laughing out loud quite a lot and I rarely do that when reading a book. I think that humor helped balance out the darker parts of the story which made the book even better.
I'm looking forward to other mysteries that Jack and Replacement solve together.
This book is really a gem. I'd actually give it six or seven stars if they'd let me. I picked this up on a My Book Cave special, and it drew me in from the beginning. Wow. Jack is a complex character and we learn more about his past, it seems, in every chapter, but it doesn't weigh down the story. It is a dark story at times, but his goodness always comes through. Excellent book. My one negative, if there is one, would be that early in the book, the author mentions the police captain (or chief) and say that he's by-the-book. Then later, he repeats that when he's introduced, but that DID make me immediately remember who they weren't talking about, but normally, that sort of redundancy bugs me. There were a couple of those (once with the officer over the murder who was "just waiting for retirement" or something, but seriously, this is one of the best mysteries I've read. I especially appreciate that instead being lazy and dumping buckets of cursing in the book to describe Jack's emotions, the author creatively MADE me feel for him and made him a person to root for. Good job!
Jack, a policeman who was a foster child, has suffered the loss of his dearest friend and co-foster brother in Iraq. As with most protagonists, Jack is an alcoholic and constantly relives Iraq and the loss of Chandler there. He has also abandoned his foster family. Another younger foster sister, "Replacement," comes to Jack to ask him to help find his foster sister (and Chandler's real sister) Michelle who is missing.
In addition to being a great police mystery, this book has a warm and growing relationship between Jack and the foster sister, Replacement. I enjoyed reading the book and had a hard time putting it down. Mr. Greyson has currently written three other books in the Jack Stratton series and I intend to read more of his works.
My second look at one of Mr. Greyson's novels did not go as well as the first which was with And Then She Was Gone. I found the relationship material overdone. There is a lot of crying and sadness, characters dissolve into tears seemingly all day when bad news arrives. Jack recovers from a bad beating and being hit by a car seemingly in record time. The book proceeds a long way before there is any real understanding of the character named Replacement and why she is the character she is. The reader can guess, but no definitive statement is made for a long time. It would have helped me explain her bizarre behavior if I had that information earlier. Continuing a trend, Jack manages to get away with violating police procedure on many occasions. The fact that he is a "good guy" always saves him. As in the first book, there are admirable characters around. There is a positive moral message in the story as the bad guys ultimately get theirs. It is a good tale, however, as Jack needs to rely on a lot of technology to eventually solve the crime and bring the bad guy to justice. I will read at least one more of these books because I love the story telling. The story itself is interesting and keeps the reader involved.
Wish I could use 4.5 stars! I have had this book on my ebook "shelf" for exactly one year. I kept passing it by for other mysteries/detective stories. Why did I wait so long for such an entertaining read?! Jack is three years into being a cop and a returning war veteran still boomeranging from those gruesome and mind-shattering experiences. Replacement is the 8-year younger sister of his best friend, Chandler. Chandler died in the war. Jack blames himself. Now his best friend's other sister, Michelle, has gone missing, and the police pass it off. There the story really heats up. So Jack and Replacement look to find Michelle and meet no end of trouble and challenges. A dark read that adds in dark humor (thankfully) and heart and compassion and pain and sorrow -- the human condition written with what I hope is an enduring style. The next Jack Stratton novel will not sit waiting on my shelf.
Jack Stratton is a cop haunted by his own personal demons and he doesnt get along with his Capt.while trying to find his foster sister Michelle (whos brother served with Jack and who didnt make it home from Iraq)who happens to have gone missing. Jack has the help of another girl name "replacement" (nickname) which also belong in the same foster home, Which he is very protective of.They know something is wrong, because Michelle just doesn't just take off and transfers schools and doesn't call. This book kept me guessing and I was surprised and shocked of the mystery they uncovered. After this book i downloaded his next book and just kept going.