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Last Chance (Detective Beston Series Book 1) by [Burch, A. C.]
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Length: 105 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Editorial Reviews


"'Last Chance' was nominally a mystery, yet it unfolded as a character study and a challenge, with no safety net and few guideposts to point the way forward. The author dazzles the reader with subterfuge, then strips away the mask, revealing harsh choices that touch on every level of who and what that character is."
Diane - GGR. Review
"The most memorable and formidable story in this collection, 'Last Chance,' tells of a budding affair between a closeted male detective and an elegant murder suspect in the Bahamas. Over the course of several interrogations (including some in the form of fancy dinners, served by attentive young men), these two find that they have more in common than just the case at hand. This collection tries to get at the core of what it feels like to be in the closet and addresses the doubts and reticence that come with taking the first steps out."
-Kirkus Reviews (for A Book of Revelations where this story first appeared)
Seductive, twisted, and highly engrossing, Last Chance might be a quick read but it certainly packs a punch with Burch quickly getting into the psychology of his characters.  Containing all the expected elements of the genre, but in a tightly clipped, more economical style; his story is refreshingly free of clichés, existing not just for itself but to provide an arena for the personalities at play. When it comes to the dialogue he has a fine ear for nuance, delivering far more than the typical semi-parody of life found in most fiction. He makes us feel that these are the words of real people trying to reveal or conceal themselves in extraordinary circumstances. There's timely misdirection which is slickly handled but when all of the threads are pulled together you have to appreciate the way in which it all makes sense. Perhaps a longer novel would have introduced an unnecessary level of complexity, but here Burch achieves just the right balance whilst equally as important Beston proves a strong and original character to carry a series forward.
Brief but never the less highly enjoyable, Last Chance proves an enticing series debut and one which should leave its readers eager for more. It is strongly recommended.

From the Author

I've always had a profound love for the sea. "Last Chance" takes place on and near the island of Grand Bahama, whose waters I once sailed. This story deals with my life-long fascination with the face we show the world and the needs, passions, and desires that we keep to ourselves.
I'm a great fan of mysteries, particularly those of Walter Moseley and Agatha Christie, though I've often wondered if the detectives who guide us through theses narrative don't have just a bit too many breaks and opportunities. My character, Detective Beston, is a take-off on Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade: tough-talking, confident but not as smart as he thinks, and this is the big difference: he has little interest in women. There's a hapless quality to Paul Beston. He's inappropriate, almost a caricature, but underneath, a hopeless romantic in search of the man of his dreams.

In this first of a series, a millionaire is missing, a "femme fatale" is accused of his murder, and Paul Beston is outed to his colleagues, which changes his life. There's nothing like putting land behind you and challenging the open ocean. . . or the prejudices and assumptions that have informed much of your life. See what happens when one man does both.

Product details

  • File Size: 738 KB
  • Print Length: 105 pages
  • Publisher: HomePort Press (October 15, 2016)
  • Publication Date: October 15, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M6XO047
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,010 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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