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Chains of Darkness: A Detective Jon Stanton Novel (Jon Stanton Thrillers #1)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  972 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Alternate Cover/Title Edition for ASIN B00538Y1L8


A killer stalks the city of San Diego, brutally slaying women on the fringes of society. The body of a young woman torn apart in her bedroom makes even the hardened detectives of the San Diego PD's Homicide Unit tremble with disgust and rage.

Kindle Edition, 285 pages
Published May 28th 2011
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Feb 25, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story is beautifully written, it's like watching a very good suspense/thriller film, or a particularly good episode of CSI or NCIS series. I didn't have a hard time at all picturing the scenarios described in the book, feeling the different characters' emotions, and anticipating as a reader the events that are unfolding in each chapter. The insights to each character in relation to their surroundings and past experiences are astute and realistic that I find it easy to empathize and step into ...more
Lynda Kelly
Jan 07, 2014 Lynda Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deleted
I got 18% in and packed this up. I'd only read 52 pages and already happened across a dozen mistakes. A pity as this sounded a good series and I had a few of them downloaded which I've now deleted. Life's too short and I'm very short on patience at the best of times !!
There were words dropped from sentences like be or me and one sentence made no sense. The author either dropped a couple of words or family home evening is something I never heard of. I was unsure-"She invited him out to family hom
Jun 03, 2015 l rated it really liked it
White Angel Murder

The book was a pretty good read. The only problem I had with it is the number of characters was so large, that it was awkward at times. Along that line, characters introduced at the start did not reappear until the end, by then you forget who they were and their purpose. On the whole it was a good read and enjoyable book.
Jan 31, 2012 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Got this as a freebie on Amazon. I was so impressed with the characterization and the humanity of the protagonist Jon Stanton. It was very interesting too, as the main character is a practicing Mormon, and so there are some hints of how his faith impacts his work and relationships. I hope this is the beginning of a series.
Ralph Trickey
Nov 24, 2016 Ralph Trickey rated it liked it
Not great

I struggled to finish this book. The overall plot and the story telling we're fine, it was the area between that I had a problem with. The hero was too righteous and lily wrote for me. I doubt that any lieutenant will hand over $5000 without a detailed explanation of what if it's for. I'm also sure that anyone who pursues a undercover cop to ask him questions would end up disciplined or out.

I just had too many issues with the procedures and the motivations to give it a better rating.
Nov 29, 2016 Ruth rated it really liked it
Compelling #1 book in a series

Methos invents a vulnerable and religious character in retired police investigator Stanton and then drags him almost over the edge of terror when he confronts betrayal on multiple fronts and muder comes too close.
lenora crenshaw
Oct 09, 2016 lenora crenshaw rated it really liked it
Good thriller

Enjoyed reading this author's book, looking forward to the next episode. This story was completely different from the attorney books I have been reading
Sep 17, 2016 Ruth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-modern
c2011: A kindle freebie that I actually managed to finish - that alone meant that it was an ok read. A fairly good plot (although some of the actions seem to be a little improbable) and realistic dialogue but, for me, the characters were not likeable or believable. In the author's bio, it notes that he is signed to Thomas & Mercer which is an Amazon imprint. Would I go out of my way to purchase the book? Unlikely, hence not being able to recommend to the normal crew. "Tami Jacobs was origina ...more
Kirk Erickson
Sep 14, 2016 Kirk Erickson rated it really liked it
A book that just keeps moving along!

Great read though character development would be most helpful. Really couldn't get into the stars of the book for they just seemed to be in the story.
Apr 10, 2016 Marleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: victor-methos
This is the first book in the Jon Stanton series and it provides some background into the former partnership with Eli Sherman, another detective in the San Diego police force, but also a sick killer who is behind bars now. The SDPD is still reeling for not have seen Eli Sherman for what he was. Especially Jon. Jon Stanton is not your usual police detective. He’s Mormon and for some reason I like that he’s not your average cop; he’s actually a thoroughly good, but lonely man.
In this first install
Charles Thibos
Sep 11, 2016 Charles Thibos rated it liked it
Ok not great
Dr. Lloyd E. Campbell
I love to read mysteries taking place in a city I live in or near: John Sanford's Minneapolis, Walter Mosley, Jonathon Kellerman and Robert Crais' L.A. to name a few. Someone I like introduced me to T. Jefferson Parker's San Diego and Orange County. I was given this book taking place in San Diego and I enjoyed it. There are a few geographical flaws like taking 8 to get from San Diego to LaJolla and a drive to the Salton Sea from San Diego that took less than an hour. I liked the main character, ...more
Mar 16, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Jon Stanton is a retired, Mormon detective in San Diego when he gets recruited to be a part of a special team to pursue cold cases. When he gets assigned to a stale murder case, he quickly recognizes that the killer is not the type to be satisfied with a single victim and that he must solve the case before the killer strikes again.

I appreciate a good thriller, and this one is the most intriguing that I've read recently. I thought the language went a little bit overboard, which is why I gave it f
Nancy Silk
Aug 27, 2016 Nancy Silk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A Raw, Violent Novel With Dark Overtones"

This is the very popular blockbuster book written by prolific author Victor Methos. A killer is roaming around San Diego, brutally slaying women. The crime scenes are so horrific that even the hardened detectives tremble with disgust and anger. Previously assigned to the police force, Jon Stanton's partner had committed several murders; Jon felt guilty for not seeing the faults of his partner. He'd left the department but with the new series of gruesome
Black Butterfly
Aug 13, 2013 Black Butterfly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: AMAZON
Glenn Altman
Sep 04, 2016 Glenn Altman rated it it was amazing
Enough of everything.

Plenty of twists turns, changes and dead ends to keep the reader guessing. Characters are well and fully developed.
A good story, very well told.
This guy can write!
May 21, 2014 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this as an a Audio book and was driving me crazy at times. It takes place in San Diego area and he keep pronouncing LA Jolla as " LE Joel- LA " and some of the streets that start with "J" that also use the H sound he uses the j and destroys the pronunciation. Excedrin headache medicine ( x-a drin) Prius car as a ( PRY-ESS. If you are reading a book of a real place do some DAMN research!!!!!!!! Problem is the story is pretty good... UG!!!!!!! This detective is quite depressed often ...more
Veronica Lamb
Aug 14, 2016 Veronica Lamb rated it really liked it
Cop's never understand what they have until they are ready to loose it.

Yes, it's a good book. Yes, it kept me up all night. Jon Stanton is a great hero. His marriage, the disintegration and reconciliation genuine of a cop's marriage. Cop's never understand what they have until they are ready to loose it. The protagonist ring true as well. You not only hate them and what they do, you fear them. Pretty good for the printed word to inspire you. Not as good as 5 star VANISHED and UNSEEN but a good r
K.R. Bankston
This was a decent enough read in that it kept your attention, but the entire book was just slow to me. Everything moved along as if in slow motion most of the time. I have no issue with religion or the Mormon church, but there was a bit too much of it in this offering for me. I liked the characters even though they were kind of shallow, the book did hold your attention. I would take a chance on another of the author's books and see if maybe it was bit faster paced and less recruiting.
Jessica Macri
Apr 01, 2016 Jessica Macri rated it it was amazing
A Mormon surfing divorced detective. Interesting combonation. I have never read that combo, so, props to the author.

I did enjoy this story. The characters were well thought out. The story had a lot of chaeacters with big parts for such a short book, so keeping track was not always easy. Some parts I would have to go back and reread to see how they fit in. Other then that, the story flowed really well.
Apr 19, 2015 kathy rated it it was amazing
Good read

I really enjoyed this book. I was a little hesitant about reading it after viewing other reviews. Mainly the comments about preaching religion. I could not disagree more, there were a few references but the storyline and action overshadowed the religious references. I look forward to reading the other books in this series and others by this author.
Apr 23, 2014 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good thriller/mystery. This book is a good example of that. The story line is well thought out and well written. I enjoyed the suspense as the story unfolded. The characters were good. Jon is a unique person with a great sense of right and wrong. I look forward to reading more of his stories. Recommended read.
Kay Roseberry
Jan 05, 2016 Kay Roseberry rated it it was amazing

Well the author has set me up with this character and hips family. I must follow up on what happens next. It is a nice turn of character detective that persona is religious and faithful to his church. Reading was intense, thrilling and a twisted closure. Read on...... I plan to follow. I say try the book. It won't disappoint you
Jul 08, 2013 Gwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book and kind of scary. He really delves into the criminally insane. I hated reading this book at night and there isn't a lot of books who make me feel that way. This guy's character is just crazy enough that he could be a real person.
Mar 18, 2015 Tammy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to enjoy this book and be attached to the characters and follow the series but that didn't happen. I felt the religious slant was cloying and had no added value to the story. I thought I would be able to get past it but it made the protagonist feel less genuine.
Sandra Gonzales
Apr 11, 2016 Sandra Gonzales rated it it was amazing
Five star thriller

I gave this novel five stars as it held my interest from the beginning to the end and was extremely difficult to put down. Victor Methos is an excellent author and I look forward to reading all of his novels. He writes from experience and it shows.
Louise Cochrane
As far as crime stories go, I didn't find myself overly absorbed by this novel; it wasn't anything out of the ordinary. That said, I got it cheaply in the Kindle store and it kept me occupied for a few lunch breaks, so it was worth the money!
Aug 31, 2016 Carolyn rated it it was amazing
Great detective story.

Five stars because the story kept me alert and thinking. Also found analogies on society interesting. All of the characters were facing their own moral struggles. Great read.
Oct 20, 2012 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written in the style of John Grisham or James Patterson, this book is a great read. Non-stop action from beginning to end. The subject matter (rape and murder of blondes) is not the nicest, but the author makes it very realistic without being too gory.
Sharon Bayliss
May 08, 2016 Sharon Bayliss rated it really liked it
Lots of twists & turns. Intelligent plot.

Lots of twists & turns. Never goes the direction you think it's going to. Intelligent police thriller. A little dark & evil. Interesting characters. I would recommend it.
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Novelist signed to Thomas & Mercer, author of over 40 books, and trial lawyer. Mr. Methos has been fighting for the rights of the individual against the state for over a decade and has used his practice as a criminal defense lawyer as inspiration for his mystery and legal thrillers.

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