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In Edgar-winner King’s captivating sixth Max Freeman thriller (after 2007’s Acts of Nature), the Florida PI, formerly a Philadelphia street cop, agrees to help nurse Luz Carmen, a whistle-blower in a case concerning the theft of Medicare and Medicaid patient numbers. Luz fears more for the life of her brother, who’s delivering the numbers to the crooks in the fraud scheme, than for her own. Max also has to worry about protecting his detective girlfriend, Sherry Richards, to whom a troubled deputy has given the names of some shady associates. Max and Luz wind up hiding in the Everglades, where Max finds solace (“the leaving of noise and machinery and stops signs and unnatural lighting... calms even the most turbulent soul”). Sharp characterization and the vivid picture of South Florida’s dwindling natural treasures more than compensate for a standard plot involving police treachery.

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About the Author

Jonathon King is an Edgar Award winning mystery novelist and the creator of the bestselling Max Freeman crime series. Born in Lansing, Michigan, in the 1950s, King worked as a crime reporter in Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale for twenty-four years before becoming a full-time novelist. Along with the six books of the Max Freeman series, King has also authored the thriller "Eye of Vengeance" (2007) and the historical novel "The Styx" (2009). He lives in south Florida.
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Product Details

  • Series: Max Freeman Novels (Hardcover)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers; First edition edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727881051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727881052
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sebastian Fernandez VINE VOICE on February 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of Jonathon King and this is the first time he has disappointed me with a book, hopefully it will be the last, since he is definitely a great writer and I am confident that his future efforts will far surpass this one. The main area when this novel falls short is in the plot, the mystery / thriller portion of the story is pretty dull.

Towards the end, King speeds up the pace of the story a little, but by that point the damage is done, and the reader is left unsatisfied. The main redeeming quality I found in this novel is that there is quite a bit of time spent on the personal story of the main characters. Max and his girlfriend Sherry are dealing with the aftershock of the events that developed in the previous novel and that ended up with Sherry losing one of her legs. Of course, this situation allows for a complex emotional development of the story, and those that have been following the series will likely appreciate this.

Given the pros and cons of this book, I would say that those that are fans of the series, will probably be somewhat disappointed, but will also find some redeeming qualities in the work. However, those that have not read any of the books in the series should search elsewhere, perhaps in earlier books in the Max Freeman series.
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The good thing is, Max Freeman is back from a long layoff. The bad thing is, not much happens of interest here. Following up the conclusion of Acts of Nature, several things have changed between Max and his girlfriend, and the book spends as much time on the two working out their relationship as the paper thin plotline (two plotlines, actually, that seem to intertwine). The book is very short (barely 200 pages) and there isn't a lot of action. The plot is pretty tame compared to other King books, and this has to be rated as one of the least interesting (if not THE least) of the Freeman novels. Hopefully there will be a return to form with the next novel.
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I try and buy all the works by an author whose writings I have enjoyed. I bought this one accordingly. I'm sorry that I did. Max Freeman, Sherry Richards and Bill Manchester, the principle characters of King's previous novels are in here... sort of. If you are not already familiar with them, this book, with its absence of character development, won't enlighten you much. Even a new character, Marty Booker, who talks to us in the first person, is fairly one dimensional. If the character analyses are almost entirely absent, the plot is so threadbare as to be non existent. It is ostensibly a book which will enlighten us about drugs and medicare fraud. These are real problems, and should be covered by some better writing.
Unfortunately, that doesn't complete an analysis of the book's deficiencies. The editing is really bad. Perhaps someone else can explain the following sentence: "Nature does not give up her pull, despite what piddling man, Al Gore himself, does." I can only guess that this means that the earth will survive IN SPITE of what humans do. One of the many other cases of spelling and grammatical errors is when Billy is said to be "carrying," instead of caring. I assume that Billy is not pregnant. I hope that Jonathon King continues to write, but I sincerely hope that he puts more thought and effort into his next book.
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It's been 3 years since the last Max Freeman book. While this is just okay as a stand-alone, I don't think a first time reader of this author's will enjoy it nearly as much as those of us who have read the entire series.

In short, Max is an ex-Philadelphia cop, now working as a Private Investigator for a friend / very influential attorney in Florida. When a whistle-blower contacts the attorney for help, Max is drawn into a case of Medicare fraud.

Max's investigation leads to a world of drugs and to a drug dealer from his own past.

The mystery/suspense part is kind of tame ... not the usual kind of work I've seen from this author.

Most of the book is centered around his relationship with Detective Sherry Richards .... who lost her leg in a previous book. She has now returned to work, but it takes a toll on them both because now she's stuck behind a desk, rather than working the streets.

Again, if you're a follower of the series, this relationship is very interesting. If you're a new reader --- not so much.

Max is a great character ... he has grown so much since 2002 when the series began. I strongly recommend starting at the beginning for an enjoyable reading experience.

4 Stars for the series!
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I liked the first five books better. The medicare fraud that started the book got side tracked and we ended up with another drug deal gone bad book. Billy Manchester is always good as the attorney. He and Max make a good pair. Sherry, Max's girlfriend, is still reeling from the loss of a leg in the previous book. She and Max are trying to work things out. It is a good character study on them but does not add a lot to the book, in my humble opinion. I hope Mr. King gets back to writing like the first of the series was in his next book.
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Format: Hardcover
Good to have him back. Damaged in his relationships, and his lady's person, Max is back. But the promise of Medicare fraud investigation goes nowhere and is sidetracked into an average drug dealer problem. Will follow to see if the mojo returns too.
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