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The Opposite of Dark (Casey Holland Mysteries) Hardcover – March 15, 2011
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"The modest but resourceful Casey is a perfect heroine for our times, a combination of thought and action." …Lou Allin, Crime Writers of Canada
About the Author
Debra Purdy Kong is the author of the Alex Bellamy white-collar-crime mysteries and the Casey Holland transit mysteries. She has also published more than one hundred short stories, essays, and articles for publications such as Chicken Soup for the Brides Soul, BC Parent Magazine, the Vancouver Sun, Lynx Eye, Orchard Press Mysteries, Crimestalker Casebook, Futures Magazine, and Shred of Evidence. She lives in Port Moody, BC, with her family.
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This book is a page-turner that will keep you up late. It tells the story of a transit security officer, Casey, who is confronted by news that her long-dead father has died -- again. If I say more, I will reveal a tense and exciting plot that you must experience for yourself. Purdy Kong creates rounded, believable characters and sets the majority of the book in metro Vancouver, with some scenes in European capitals. Her pacing is thrilling and the story complex enough to satisfy but not defeat you. She holds you in suspense till the end. The slim clues Purdy Kong dropped in the meat of the book only became apparent to me as the story unfolded at the end. I was never quite sure "who dun it." Just what I love in a good mystery novel.
Purdy Kong's writing is compelling, realistic, and tight. Can't wait for number two!
Highly recommended if you love contemporary mysteries.
The lives of the human race consist of so many secrets, I sometimes feel we could be living in two dimensions and not even know it. Casey works security for the Transit Service in Vancouver, BC, and is no stranger to awareness of her surroundings and netting several suspects for various crimes. She decides if she is ever to sort this dilemma out, she will have to go to Europe, where her Dad "died" the first time, and try to learn what he was doing there. She knows she is being followed most of the time, and that someone is looking for something, but she doesn't know who or what. She only knows she must try to find out the truth. What she does learn is that there are many people looking for that something. What was her father involved in? Was he importing and/or exporting illegal or dangerous goods? She is shocked when she finds out just before leaving home that her estranged mother is somehow involved in whatever her father was doing.
This is truly a fast-moving action-packed thriller with many twist and turns, many suspects, and many secrets and lies. Trust is something that is very slippery, hard to determine and equally hard to hold on to. Trust and misguided trust play a major role in this book. Not only is Casey's life in jeopardy, but her friends are as well, even the police trying to protect her. I would have read this book at one sitting were I able to, I was so involved in the story. I am happy to learn that we will be seeing more of Casey in future books and can hardly wait! Great story with strong plot!
The protagonist, Casey Holland would sympathize with my plight. She has a full plate investigating her father's deaths (yes, there were two of them) while finding a purse snatcher on the buses and looking out for her almost stepmother and stepsister.
Casey's day job with transit security is one of many perks of the read. Bounty hunters, private investigators and police detectives abound, but how many books have transit cops? Only one that I know of, and I'll be picking up the next book in the series to read more.
It is a complex mystery, especially when she finds that her father has died - twice! Now that's a mystery if there ever was one! All through the book, after meeting all the characters, it is hard to decide who is the bad guy, who is the good guy/ or gal. But that's what a mystery is, right? I like that it takes place near Washington state where I live because I am familiar with the places mentioned in the book. You even begin to suspect the main character's best friend! That's what I like about it - so many suspects- that you can hardly wait for the end to see how it all turns out! Good job, Debra Purdy Kong!