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Good Day in Hell Hardcover – March 21, 2006
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At the start of Rhoades's well-crafted second novel to feature Jack Keller (after 2005's The Devil's Right Hand), the North Carolina bounty hunter and his new girlfriend, sheriff's deputy Marie Jones, discover that the two suspects for whom each has been searching—a troubled young woman who skipped bail on an assault charge and the likely perpetrator of the brutal murder of a gas station owner—have taken the gas station owner's teenage son and in short order pulled off senseless mass murders at a local church and factory. When the media-savvy killers contact an amoral local news personality, guaranteeing her exclusive access in exchange for the chance to tell their tale, the situation escalates and the lives of all are put in danger. Fast-paced and rich in regional color, this satisfying thriller is notable for its empathetic portrayal of the two emotionally damaged protagonists, each struggling with past trauma—his sustained in the first Gulf War, hers resulting from the killing of her partner—in order to form a trusting relationship.
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Rhoades follows up his scorching debut, The Devil's Right Hand (2005), with another high-voltage thriller starring bounty hunter Jack Keller. This time Keller, his Gulf War nightmares on simmer, thinks he's ready to take a stab at a committed relationship with North Carolina state cop Marie Jones, but that's before he starts tailing a bail jumper turned serial killer and her equally deranged partner in crime. As before, this one is all about the chase, but Rhoades lets us follow the action from the points of view of both hunters and hunted. Unlike Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen, who humanize their bad guys by giving them senses of humor, Rhoades portrays unrepentant, psychotic killers but manages to make us feel, almost against our will, the human hearts that beat within their violent souls. Keller's own violent soul remains in turmoil, loving the hunt even as it threatens his new-found stability. Drawing from a half-dozen thriller formulas used by such masters as Lee Child and Stephen Hunter, Rhoades shuffles the deck skillfully and deals an altogether new hand. Bill Ott
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the words used by Shelby, I understood the context for him, however, spell check should have caught all of the others.
I have not read anything else from this writer yet. I hope this trend does not continue.
This story brings the reader further into the bounty-hunting world of Jack Keller and his budding romance with his cop partner, Marie, as they hunt down a couple of crazy killers in the North Carolina back country. The pace is quick, full of action and thrills to keep you clicking through pages to the end.
I enjoyed this thriller and JD Rhoades' writing style. I am eagerly awaiting his next book.
Readers beware: the Kindle version has several spelling errors and LOTS of punctuation mistakes. The spelling errors are minor, but the lack of correct quotation marks and new paragraphs make reading intense conversation exchanges difficult. Several times I had to stop and go back over a paragraph because two different people were speaking in the same paragraph. Editors: do your job!
The fascination in this book revolves around the character motivations and evil depredations of Laurel Marks and Ron Randle, modern day traveling serial killers pursuing righting the wrongs imposed upon them by the vagaries of life. They have a "plan" of vengeance that they are following and along the way, they attract Stan, a rudderless wannabe, and the attention of an ambitious yet loosely principled TV anchor, Grace Tranh.
Granted, many of the subplots and characters are predictable, maybe even a bit hackneyed (Grace Tranh's get-the-story-at-all-costs and the bumbling, yet hard case FBI characters come to mind here). But Rhoades moves the story line at a fast pace and his depiction of the conflict between Jack and Marie, lovers conflicted with their own emotional baggage, is enough to keep the reader engaged.