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- Print Length: 266 pages
- Publisher: Linda Rae Blair; 4 edition (December 16, 2010)
- Publication Date: December 16, 2010
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004GKMPQW
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The protagonist is drop-dead gorgeous, very intelligent, and rich. His new partner is also drop-dead gorgeous, and very smart. The victim is absolutely beautiful and extremely rich, and her aunt is beautiful. The female FBI agent is also drop-dead gorgeous, and wants to jump right into the detective's bed, about 5 minutes after meeting him. Yeah, right - this only happens in soap operas and romance novels. Even the detective's baby sister, friend of the victim, is beautiful. The only "average" looking person is the second FBI agent, who seems to be an afterthought and has a very small part in the story.
The plot is thin, the villains are nasty, but the story isn't interesting enough to make me want to read the rest of the series.
There seems to be more focus on the character's looks than the crimes.
This book introduces Preston 'Press' Andrews. After the initial engaging description of the crime and its perpetrator, we are led into 'timeline' chapters. By chapter 14 we are not even 12 hours removed from the beginning of Preston's part of the story, but we have been 'treated' to agonizing and saccharine descriptions of this apparent super hero/detective, and yet very little about the actual crime investigation. We know how tall Preston is and how much he weighs, the color of his eyes and hair, how muscular he is, how he dresses in Armani apparel and Italian leather loafers, how wealthy he is, how amazing he is...but still humble, how his nickname around the precinct is 'Super Dick' (tee-hee!) because he can solve ANY crime, how beautiful his sister is, how she has long, long legs, about her bra-less breasts (these points noticed by Preston himself...ewwwww), and pretty much how superior Detective Andrews is to all the mere mortals around him.
We also get to know a tiny bit about Preston's new partner, Trace Evans ('Press' and Trace...those are not names, they are verbs). Trace is a new detective, but is treated like a fresh out of the academy rookie beat cop. Preston looks for signs that Trace is going to be sick at the sight of the victim's body. Although I am far from an expert on police matters, I was under the impression that it takes a while to work up to being a detective, and by the time a police officer has achieved this designation they have probably already seen their fair share of gruesome sights. Apparently this is not so in Trace's case. It seems it is up to Preston to take young Evans under his wing and show him the ABC's of police work, while simultaneously looking like a GQ model, comforting all the rich people in town, making amends with (and surreptitiously leering at) his sister, navigating an amicable break up with his girlfriend (amicable in large part due to how fabulous 'Press' is), and finally, getting the upper hand in an ongoing feud with the big, bad meany Motor Pool officer in charge (insert dramatic music here).
Does this sound tedious? If so, imagine slogging through this mire the entire first half of the book.
That's as far as I got. I deleted this from my device at 54% as I surmised that a great deal more of the text would likely deal with the author's worship of her protagonist rather than the exploration of who committed the crime and why. I sensed there would likely be some silly wrap up of the mystery with...you guessed it!...'Press' coming out the hero. No thanks, I'll pass.
For those who like to puzzle out clues along with the detectives, this book is short on details to help the reader along to connect the dots. In fact, many conclusions seem to have been jumped by the investigators, especially from the FBI, without giving the reader any background on how these suspicions were justified. How were the various disappearances of young women across the country related? How was it determined that they were all part of the same plot? None of this is explained even in passing, only that the information withheld because of "security" even from the local police as well as the reader. Too many plot holes go unfilled, making the results of the mystery unsatisfying to the reader who wants more. Even the time and place of the murder does not make sense when it is revealed who was responsible for the crime and why.
The first part of the book sets up the fairly new partnership of the experienced Det. Andrews and young Trace Evans, and they begin to work the case together, but somewhere along the way Trace disappears entirely and is not included in the later investigative events or arrests. The same fate occurs to one of the two FBI investigators, Forrester; he comes to town a second time, then he isn't part of the action. Add to that the unrealistic and unprofessional behavior of the other agent, and you've got a mystery that is quickly turning into a romantic romp.
There are also holes in the research done by the author. The geography and place names in Virginia Beach and Norfolk are often inaccurate. Other things such as the references to DAs and ADAs are also incorrect. Virginia does not have district attorneys, it has Commonwealth's Attorneys instead. FBI agents working in DC would be aware of this fact, especially one who went to law school in Virginia. The local police, of course, would also know better.
The book started off as promising a new, interesting pair of detectives to launch a series of engaging mysteries, but ended up with an uneven, poorly plotted story instead.