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Book 2 of 7 in the A Jim McGill Novel Series

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About the Author

Joseph Flynn is the author of Digger and The Concrete Inquisition. He lives in central Illinois, where he is currently at work on his next novel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Stray Dog Press, Inc. (September 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983031207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983031208
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (339 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,443,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Hammond on November 3, 2010
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I loved this book! It is fast-paced and full of action. The main character, Jim McGill, is a detective with a great sense of humor and a quirky attitude. It is a sequel to another amazing book called "The President's Henchman". Both books kept me reading late into the night, not wanting to put the books down.

This character's unique perspective is that he is the husband of the President of the United States, so you get international intrigue, diplomacy and current events thrown into the mix - which works beautifully!

I have read all of Joseph Flynn's books and not one has ever disappointed me. I am so glad to see 6 of his novels as ebooks, maybe more! Get out your Kindle and start reading!
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Jim McGill, the first private eye to live in the White House, is back! In his second book, The Hangman's Companion, McGill joins his wife, President Patricia Darden Grant, on a trip to the G-8 Summit in England. But while Patti is busy with affairs of state, McGill is across the channel in Paris. A former Chicago cop McGill knew from his days on the CPD, has been charged with murder. The only way for McGill to get his client off is to find the only witness, a missing blonde. His search is aided by a State Department security officer, Gabriella Casale. Together they face British soccer hooligans, a band of gypsy conmen and a giant brute known as the Undertaker.

Once again, Flynn has written a story filled with action, a moral center and thoroughly enjoyable characters. I loved the locale, the memorable French characters such as Magistrate Pruet and his bodyguard Odo. I only hope this is but the second in a long-running series!
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This is a page turner. "The President'S Henchman" was excellent and this is even better. A great read on it's own, the two books mesh totally. If you like one, you will love the other. Fast paced and great characters make this the best two book series I have read in years. Thank you Joseph Flynn! I will keep my eyes open for the next book.
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Joseph Flynn has created a great character series that peels the curtain back on what life would be like for a 'regular' father, husband and former police officer who's wife becomes President of the United States.

He creates vivid scenery and settings, and takes the time to develop characters making you feel as if you are along for the adventure. But unlike a lot of other authors, Flynn isn't content with just having one plot twist and popping in to see how the other mid-major characters are doing throughout the book, but instead he has multiple twists/developments affecting not just Jim McGill, but his wife (the President), his ex wife and children, his investigative partner, and the surrounding cast... and these periphery plot twists are so well developed that you feel as if there are two or 3 complete stories entwined as one.

While The Hangman's Companion is certainly a good book as a stand alone novel, it continues to develop the character of Jim McGill, and really leaves a reader anxiously waiting for the next installment of life as the First Husband + President's personal 'henchman'.

A very enjoyable read.
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Another good one. Solid and well written.

This one starts with Glen Kinnard. Kinnard is an retired Chicago cop. He's in France to scatter his dead wifes ashes. She was a native of France and it was her wish.

Kinnard encounters Thierry Duchamp and his female companions. Duchamp is kicking the crap out of the lady and Kinnard intervenes. During the fight Duchamp is killed and Kinnard is knocked unconscious. The lady leaves.

Seems Duchamp was a champion soccer player and a hero to France. Kinnard is now in one hell of a mess.

Jim McGill is headed to England with his wife, the POTUS. He and she are still trying to find out who shot Deke Ky Jim's SS protection. Deke survived but is unable to return to his position yet.

Patti also wants Jim to teach her basic Dark Alley. She won't tell him why but Jim decides he will teach her.

So begins one really good read.

We have Patti butting heads in England and Jim heading to France to see if he can help Kinnard. Seems Kinnards daugher, Emille wants to hire him to help her Father.

Along the way we meet a couple of Frenchmen, Yves Pruet a French Matistrate and his bodyguard Odo Sacripant, a block of Corsican granite who are trying to find out what happend with Duchamp and Kinnard and the missing woman. Offcial French investigation to commence.

The missing woman who has one stinky and huge friend who thinks nothing of killing anyone in his way. He's one stinky giant.

Throw in the State Department Regional Security Officer, one Gabriella Casale, Jims contact in France. Gabby plays one big part in the whole deal.
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Jim McGill, the First Gentleman, is back again, this time called to France to help exonerate a fellow ex-cop from Chicago from a politically-charged murder accusation. As in the first installment of this series, there is plenty of other action going on at the same time as McGill's P.I. partner finds herself in the middle of an investigation that leads to a plot against the Catholic church by a Vietnamese gang. Oh, and McGill's wife President Patti Grant is in the middle of a G8 conference in London trying to reshape the world while fending off tabloids suggesting her relationship with the French president may not be platonic. Just another day at the office.

Where many authors would take this many plots and sub-plots and turn them into two or even three thrillers, this book is packed with them all. It doesn't leave a lot of time for character development, but there is enough there where each character is distinct enough not to get lost in the shuffle.

The action is split among metro Washington DC, London, and Paris and features some bits of French dialog as McGill begins to learn the language during his investigation. I found this ironic since I've been trying to improve my own French vocabulary lately, so where I saw this feature as a bonus to the book, others may find it distracting or unnecessary.

I did catch a few minor flubs in research, but the most glaring one was the incorrect line of succession of the British monarchy. It didn't make a difference to the plot, but when I see glaring errors such as this that could have easily been corrected with one quick visit to the UK royals' website. Whenever I catch errors such as these in a book, it makes me wonder about how accurate (or not) other research has been in areas in which I may not be as conversant.
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