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From the Author
- Publication date : March 3, 2015
- File size : 1254 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 309 pages
- Publisher : Kindle Press (March 3, 2015)
- ASIN : B00QH8LW0G
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #117,047 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Dan Kane is a top homicide detective with the LAPD who gets results, sometimes by doing his own thing which upsets his superiors and his actions have also brought danger to his family. At home Kane has been a dominant father (his daughter Alison calls him "Dadzilla") and he has been through several shattering events with them, some of which he has not been able to cope with. Nate is the only child still permanently living at home and is going through a tough and angry adolescence that neither parent can completely understand.
Kane's autocratic dominance over his family is waning as his children grow up, and the family is glued together by shared traumatic experiences, love and respect, and a mutual love of music (Catheryn a cellist with the LA Philharmonic and eldest son Travis is studying at Juilliard). One evening they are all attending a concert where Catheryn performs stunningly as a solo cellist with the Philharmonic when Kane is called out urgently - someone has shot/assassinated two LA Patrolmen.
Kane quickly becomes a key part of a huge task force led by Lieutenant Sneed, Kane's long term nemesis, searching for a very clever and deliberate assassin whose sole objective is to kill as many LA policemen as possible. The assassin is a master marksman, leaves no clues, alters his modus operandi to confuse and is always one step ahead of the police as the body count rises. As usual Kane eventually makes his own investigations against the advice of Sneed.
Steve Gannon delivers an extremely well written police procedural which has two unexpected brutal climaxes. As Kane is the principal player, Gannon's use of the first person in chapters about Kane is especially effective. He also leaves us with a final chapter about the Kane family that will gut your emotions (remember to keep the tissues handy if you are sensitive). Gannon also leaves us enough seeds in the story to make me believe that a possible future book might happen sometime - I look forward to that.
Around the time I read this book I also read THE BURNING ROOM, the latest Harry Bosch novel by Michael Connelly, While I rated that book as "a great police/crime novel by the finest (American) crime writer working today" I found it comparatively bland and vanilla when compared with LA SNIPER. Steve Gannon is a talented writer of crime/family adventure thrillers who deserves every success and I congratulate Steve on the publication of this book via the Amazon Scout program. I remember that he described the book as "A thriller with heart" - a perfect description.
An Advanced Copy of this book was provided to me by the author for my honest review. While I have a regular email connection with Steve, I have never met or spoken with him and this review is an honest and personal assessment of this book.
This fourth book in the series is a winner too. Dan Kane, LAPD homicide detective, is calmer in this offering. He is still on the wagon, is supportive of Kate's music, and is being decent to his kids and not a dictator in his own home. But that just adds another dimension to a very complex character.
Gannon has a real talent for displaying family foibles and yet having his readers fall for his characters despite all their weaknesses (or maybe it's because of the weaknesses).
Gannon is a pro with dialogue and characterizations. His characters come alive on the page and the reader ends up feeling all their angst, no matter how out of control.
In L.A. SNIPER, a madman has started killing L.A. cops. And Kane is appointed to the Task Force charged with stopping him. He is his normal irascible self and finds himself fighting not only the sniper but his bosses as the action ramps up.
I love this family, would love to have their beach house in Malibu. There wasn't a big Kane beach party in this book and I missed that. Also, be warned there are some major plot twists in this tale.
The next book in this great series - INFIDEL - is supposed to be coming soon. I'm not sure of Gannon's definition of "soon" but I'm ready right now to find out what happens next.
NOTE: I received a copy of this book from the Kindle Scout program.
Detective Kane, his hard line but through detective work and his lovely family are at the heart of another great novel.
LA Sniper is another fast paced page turner. But, don't read so fast you miss the richly descriptive text and story.
This one is tough as Kane and his great side kick Deluca embark on another case to solve. And, as usual, Kane has his own stubborn streak to deal with.
Without any spoilers it is not only difficult to read about so many officers being gunned down by a man so filled with anger and bitterness, but personal tragedy visits the Kane's once again.
Well worth waiting for is this fourth novel and I already look forward to the next one! Well done Mr. Gannon! Well done!
If you are not a soap opera fan, you are left with the rest of the story: a straight forward police procedural that, in my opinion, does not work very well. The police characters take as profound insight tactics that would seem patently obvious to rookie officers.
The book strikes me as less than average storytelling, but I don’t like soap operas. So, to compensate, I raise it from two stars to three.
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bullet, that was meant, for him & with an anniversary coming up, even made sure I read it to the final chapter. It, was very well written.
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