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Respot the Pin Paperback – January 2, 2013
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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
The plot is packed with action and suspense so that it is difficult to stop turning the book's pages and read the whole book in one sitting. There is also an element of romance in this novel coupled with the right amount of humor. "Respot the Pin"'s plot may not be the most original but what makes it stand out is the author's grip on how the human mind works when it is pushed to its limits. This book is a must read for people who love to have a suspenseful day!
From the Author
They say that nice guys finish last. Not this time.
Jan 'Jesse' Schild is the quintessential nice guy who lost his wife and daughter when their California home exploded in a chain reaction caused by a drug lab explosion. The lab, operated by the infamous Nikitin drug cartel was being raided by the DEA at the time of the explosion. To ease his pain and begin the process of rebuilding his life, Jesse moved halfway across the country at the behest of his best friend, Piet Raat, M.D. In a most unconventional manner, he met a homeless Marjorie 'Maggie' Collins. Maggie was in the wrong place at the wrong time because she was sleeping in a warehouse and became a witness to some of Nikitin's activities. As a result, she was pursued by Nikitin's thugs because she knew too much. Jesse, with a soft spot for a damsel in distress, took Maggie 'under his wing' as it were because he swore to himself that Nikitin would never take another innocent life.
Frank Price is the team leader for the Metro Police drug task force. As a twist of fate, Frank was part of the very raid on that California drug lab where he first met Jesse. Frank also vowed not to retire until Nikitin was either behind bars or occupied a slab at the county morgue. Frank is always looking for that one break; that one tidbit of information that could eventually bring the cartel down, but Nikitin is so careful with his operation that it seems to be ever elusive.
With twists and turns, cops 'on the take', bad guys turned informant, an attorney with questionable ethics topped off with some unexpected romance and good-natured humor, this is the novel that readers won't want to put down.
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In Respot The Pin we meet two very different men, drawn together in pursuit of, Krill Nikitin, the head of a Mexican drug cartel, who in different ways has obsessed them both.
Sergeant Frank Price has been chasing Nikitin for five years after making a promise to Jesse Schild.
Jesse Schild lived in a nice home, in a nice neighborhood, with his wife and daughter. That is until the house next door turned out to be a drug lab and exploded, burning his house and killing his wife and daughter.
Jesse also vows to bring Krill Nikitin and his drug cartel down.
A chance encounter in a bowling alley parking lot brings Marjorie Collins into Jesse's life. The young women, just trying to keep warm, finds herself overhearing information that could get her killed. Fleeing for her life, she crosses Jesse's path and he takes out the thugs chasing her.
His act of valor nets much more than either he or Sergeant Price could have hoped for.
The cartel wants Marjorie dead. The more they try to get rid of the young woman, the more fragile their house of cards becomes.
What follows is an intricate chess game, with each side striving for checkmate. Along the way many pawns get swept aside.
I enjoyed meeting the characters in Respot The Pin and there are many of them. Renee was one of my favorites. With the different points of view, we get a clear picture of each ones motivations, both good and evil.
The plot moves along at a nice pace. One problem I did have is the often changing of tense from past to present. It at times jarred.
The climax of the book was a surprise, but satisfying. I can easily see Frank Price becoming a series character. I believe Mister Sawyer's book will appeal to most readers of crime fiction.