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Racing the Devil (Jared Mckean) Hardcover – January 9, 2012
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It s a smart story, well-constructed and well told. Booklist
This character-driven PI debut is intriguing because of the protagonist's complicated family. Their presence is important to the story line and makes for a memorable read. Watch for a sequel soon. Library Journal
Jared comes across convincingly as a savvy and sympathetic good ol urban detective who, despite his own difficulties, is ever ready and able to defend people or animals in trouble. --Publishers Weekly
Page-turning mystery and enthralling family drama combine to make Racing the Devil a perfect mix. Dark and light blend into the confusion of modern life with wholly believable characters, real-world dilemmas, and a captivating mix of ethical challenge and genuine human kindness. The result is a book that s seriously hard to put down with a protagonist the reader will be eager to meet again, wanting to know how he solves his life as well as his mysteries. Café Libri
Carve out a chunk of free time to read this novel, because you won't be able to put it down until you reach the end of this tale...Author Terrell writes in a tight, concise style that maintains the suspenseful pace throughout the book. Terrell and main character McKean are able to deal with issues such as prostitution and sexual abuse of children without descending into ugliness. Jared McKean is still good, and there is hope for him, and hope in his world. --Suspense Magazine
...a bright new talent feeling her way into a promising series. Kirkus
At the end, though, the heart of Racing the Devil is McKean, a PI who is too good for his own good. Yet thanks to Terrell s considerable writing skills, the detective never comes across as a mere goody two-shoes. He remains a tough man in a rough business. Racing the Devil is a top-quality read from a promising writer. --Mystery Scene Magazine
About the Author
Jaden Terrell is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Tennessee Writers Alliance. The former special education teacher is the Executive Director of the Killer Nashville Crime Literature Conference and a SEMWA Magnolia award winner. A graduate of the Citizen Police Academy and the FBI/TBI Citizen Academy, Terrell has a red belt in Tae Kwon Do and is certified in Equine Sports Massage Therapy.
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Life is full of surprises as his investigation takes him into a world involving people ranging from horse trainers to the minister of a fundamentalist church. Everyone is not whom they seem, and his life is complicated by the problems of his friend, and further complicated in dealing with his ex-wife, his son, and a problem in his brother's family.
This is a dangerous world where people are getting killed for reasons that he does not understand. He does get a little help, but also gets a little battered.
This is the first Jared McKean novel by the author. and has a sequel A Cup Full of Midnight (Jared Mckean)
The tension is maintained throughout, the plot intricate but understandable and the prose well written. Terrell's dialogue is excellent and something I always like - animals are included in the story. I stayed up late reading and remained in bed until almost 8am, unable to leave the book alone.
I highly recommend this engaging novel and can't wait to get my hands on another Jaden Terrell story!!
did not want to stop reading once I was started.
It is really nice to finally see a 'who done it' series based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jaden Terrell has done a marvelous job of integrating many Nashville elements into a mystery novel.