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Gone The Next (Roy Ballard Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This books is a mystery with a bit of humor thrown in, yet not so much that is distracted from the seriousness of the crime committed.
I am really looking forward to reading more from this series. Got to love Roy Ballard's determination to solve the crime, maybe later he will get a PI License instead of chasing down & filming possible insurance scammers.
When Ballard comes across what he thinks is a young girl who's been reported missing in the hands of an insurance claimant he's been assigned to investigate, it brings back haunting memories from his past which propel him to pursue the case and save the girl.
Even in this serious story, Ben Rehder's sense of humor and fine dialog show through. His plotting is tight and effective. Though I started reading it late the other night, I felt compelled to finish the book the following evening. The pages seemed to turn themselves as I followed Ray Ballard and the story to its conclusion. GONE THE NEXT is a fine piece of work by an excellent mystery writer. I hope this is just the beginning of a Ray Ballard series. More please.
I chose this book because it had the right price tag. I think it was free, or maybe $.99. But the best part came with the story. Never mind it was written about streets in my neighborhood: the book was good enough to grab my interest from the beginning.
Wise-cracking protagonists often cross lines and become boring, spouting inane, unfunny dialogue in the name of humor.
Roy Ballard is truly a likeable guy, just short of being a buffoon, but he is smart and savvy. In this story, his methods of detection are good, but even better than his sleuth-like behavior is Ballard's ability to see himself as he believes others do--as a near miss- cop turned insurançe investigator, another way to spell failure.
I give "Gone the Next" five stars for entertaining me, for not forcing me to skim-read to avoid boring stretches of idiotic or one-up dialogue in which characters strive to be bigger than the writer who designed them.
All in all, an enjoyable read.
Nevertheless, I'd recommend "Gone The Next" for mystery fans, especially those who prefer the mystery front and center, and not the hero's romantic and erotic entanglements. Mr. Rehder throws in plenty of erotic tension, but what happens behind doors, stays behind doors.
I'm always a little leery of books like this involving children. I don't want to spoil this for other potential readers, but be assured in spite of a few curse words, it wasn't 'dirty' or an uncomfortable book to read. I would rather that I was warned ahead of times which books I'm not going to be comfortable with. I like that Amazon.com is allow reviewers to indicate when books are too violent or have too much sex in them. This book had neither...
I'm probably going to read other books from this author later, because his writing is good, and I enjoyed the sense of humor of the protagonist. The plot was sufficiently complicated enough to keep my interest...