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The Stars Shine Bright (A Raleigh Harmon Novel) Paperback – July 16, 2012
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In addition to dealing with arrogant trainers and betting mobsters, she also has Jack as her immediate contact with the FBI. Jack, with his irritating sense of humor and apparent infatuation with Raleigh. And then her fiancé, DeMott, insists on flying out from Richmond with the dog dying for Raleigh's affection.
Raleigh's life is in danger as someone is out to harm the horses and get rid of her. And she puts her own career in danger (again) as she goes outside the bounds of accepted FBI protocol to track down the criminals. While she uncovers the animal loving terrorists who have been causing damage in the Pacific Northwest for years, she may be also ruining her own career.
I really like this series. Giorello is a gifted author. There is snappy dialog, quirky characters, and faith lived out in the day to day activities of Raleigh. Add to that the informative descriptions of the varied landscape of Washington State, from the scablands of eastern Washington to fault ridden Puget Sound. Geological background information is deftly woven into the story line. Living the Pacific Northwest, it is a treat to read about familiar places in a novel. And Giorello gets extra points for having Jack mention Deception Pass, a nearby favorite of mine.
This is a well written novel. Although it is the fifth book in a continuing series, Giorello weaves in enough background information from previous books that you won't be lost if this is the first you read.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
FBI Special Agent Raleigh Harmon is back with perhaps the most complex challenge--professionally and personally--to her troubled career and life thus far. And that's saying something.
Someone appears to be fixing horse races at Emerald Meadows, Seattle's premier thoroughbred race track. Raleigh goes undercover as the niece of horse-owner Eleanor Anderson, who has requested federal assistance in investigating a most irregular trend of events at the track. Apparently, horses favored as winners suddenly falter, and long shots triumph, all in a disconcertingly consistent fashion. Who's manipulating the outcomes? Who has the most to gain from such a scenario?
Out of the starting gate, the Mob surges into first place on the list of suspects in the person of Salvatore Gigliardo, an owner and bookie at Emerald Meadows. But not all the brightly shining stars align to support this notion, so Raleigh reins back her initial impressions in the face of steadily diminishing evidentiary odds that Sal is the true culprit--as convenient as that might be--since Sal's horses are as much victims as the other owners' steeds are. Her probing, some of it sullied by the unorthodoxy that has her at odds with her FBI chieftains, reveals a surprising tangent to everything she thought and felt to be true. What is it? Sorry, I'm already on the verge of a spoiler, so I shall share no more.Read more ›
After almost losing her life in a locked stall when a fire breaks out and seeing horses come down with mysterious symptoms that are leading to their deaths, Harmon realizes there's a lot more at stake here than someone lining their pockets.
Matching wits with the bad guys, her "aunt" (a Tennessee Williams quoting stable owner), and FBI agent Jack Stephanson keeps her on the top of her game and keeps the reader chomping at the bit for more.
Although it may be the fifth book in the series, it is the first Raleigh Harmon book I have read, and after tapping the last page on my kindle I asked myself how in the world I could have missed this fantastic crime novel series. Raleigh Harmon has certainly risen to the top of my "favorite crime fighters" list.
Harmon is at her best with a case on her mind and a Glock in her hand, even as she struggles with affairs of the heart. She's smart, savvy, and sassy - all the while remaining sensitive to God's leading. She's the complete package, not only a special agent but also a forensic geologist, which satisfies my geeky side. (Is that a bent toward creation science I sense, Ms. Harmon?) She's also a caring daughter desiring a mended relationship with her mother, who was admitted into a mental institution after a break with reality.
If you have read the previous Giorello's books, I'm certain you will enjoy hanging out with Raleigh Harmon again. As a newbie to the series, I am certain that I will buy the previous novels and get to know special agent Harmon a bit better.Read more ›
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All of her books are gripping, exciting, thought-provoking...I can't put them down! The characters are real, have raw emotion, and cause you to reflect on what really matters in... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Ak
This was so exciting! Every page was rolling to danger. The characters were believable and identifiable, Gods role is always in first place.Published 24 days ago by Linda Bolthouse
This was a great addition to the Raleigh Harmon series. As always, Raleigh bends the rules, and struggles with the life she has chosen. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Julie Tsoukalas
I began reading this series backwards because I liked the horse racing aspect of this novel. The author is truly a masterful writer and her characters are well described. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dorsetgal
Delightful tale with character depth and true mystery. Sad to see it end. Will read more for certain! Thank you !Published 19 months ago by Grateful Reader
I enjoyed reading all the Raleigh Harmon series. The main character is smart and dedicated to finding the truth.
I especially enjoy her battles with her faith journey. Read more
This author is one that I follow faithfully, and her character, Raleigh Harmon, feels like someone I know personally. More. More. More.Published on January 22, 2014 by patricia m boone