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Hunting Sweetie Rose: A Mystery (Dek Ekstrom Mystery #3)

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"Jack Fredrickson is one hell of a writer.This is a book that satisfies on every level."--William Kent Krueger

Sweetie Fairbairn, the doyenne of Chicago society, is known for big-hearted philanthropy and magnificent soirees in her penthouse high atop one of the city’s premier boutique hotels. Dek Elstrom is hired by a mysterious man in a long limousine to investigate the de
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Minotaur Books
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Part of the ‘A Book from every State of the Union’ Reading Challenge – Illinois.

I came across this novel while I was searching my library for books to include in my 2014 reading challenge; it was the only one by this Author on their shelves and immediately cried out to me. Heeding that cry, I brought it home... am I glad I did.

The main protagonist is everything there is to love, and hate, in the character of a private detective, or should that be insurance investigator; to find out what this mea
Vicki Gooding
This book is about a man who is no longer a cop, nor a P.I. but was hired by someone to investigate the death of a clown. Under the pretense of an insurance claim. It took some time for him to realize his actual client was a philanthropist who learned of him through a mutual friend. Shortly after, her bodyguard is found dead, and she is missing. He finds himself working off and on with a female reporter from one of the news channels. As he begins to hunt down clues to the socialites unknown past ...more
Debbie Heaton
In Fredrickson’s mystery novel, Dek Elstrom has a knack for solving puzzling crimes. It’s a hobby that keeps him occupied. When he is hired by an anonymous client wanting an explanation for the death of a clown, Dek finds himself embroiled in several crimes that he is blamed for. To prove his innocence, he sets out only to find himself entangled in a decades-old cold case, a dysfunctional family, and a dark legacy of abuse and hatred. As the mystery deepens, Dek must pull down the walls he has b ...more
Brigid Keely
"Hunting Sweetie Rose: A Mystery" by Jack Fredrickson is the 3rd book in the Dek Elstrom series.

As a mystery, it's a good one. And this book, like the entire series, is liberally seasoned with Chicago, and with distinctive characters.

However, it has a pretty fatal flaw:
Almost every female character in the novel is heavily sexualized.

It doesn't matter what they do for a living, how competent or successful or even how old they are. They are sexualized, defined (or mocked) in terms of their sexuali
Duncan Comrie
Dek Elstrom is an ex document authenticator, slowly rebuilding his live and restoring the turret that he calls home. In A Safe Place for Dying he was brought in to investigate a series of bombings and since has taken on a few detective jobs here and there to help pay for the turret restoration.

One day a clown falls off the roof of a building and Dek is hired by Chicago socialite Sweetie Fairbairn to investigate the possible connection to herself. Was there a connection, is Sweetie all that she
First Sentence: The Argua-Observer was the only Chicago newspaper that dared run the pictures of the clown going off the room screaming.
Investigator Dek Elstrom is hired by a mysterious man in a limousine to investigate the death of a clown. It doesn’t take Dek long to discover his client is wealthy socialite Sweetie Fairbairn. Working with the help of reporter Jennifer Gale and his Dek’s sartorially-challenged yet delightful best friend Leo, Dek finds himself with more bodies than clues, pegge
I was sold in the first 30 pages of this book. First a clown dies, falling off the roof of a building. I hate clowns! Then after this there is a subplot where in the basement of a home, 70 year old ladies ditch their bridge club for hard core porn and lessons in stripping as a cardio exercise. One of which is on a walker.
Beyond that this is a great mystery with a main protaganist that harkens back to noir style of character, I was reminded both of Sam Spade and Fletch rolled into one down on his
I waited a long time for a new Dek Elstrom book, and I wasn't disappointed. I think this volume was a little more intense than the previous two, and Dek seems to have lost a touch of his humor, but with his relationship with Amanda waning, it's no wonder.
Dek is hired to look into the death of a clown, but that incident has far reaching implications and drags Amanda's relationship with Dek right where neither want it; the spotlight.
Leo never disappoints with his acerbic wit and loud clothes; the
I enjoyed the twists and turns. I also appreciated the ending. Well done!
Terry Huebner
Hunting Sweetie Rose is the third book in the Dek Elstrom series of thrillers that takes place in a fictonal corruption-filled suburb west of Chicago. I have liked each of the books in the series very much. As someone who lives in the same general area of the Chicago suburbs, I like the local flair and atmosphere a great deal and the characters and plot are orginal and engaging. Jack Fredrickson is a very good writer. A very good read.
Another great story by Jack Fredrickson!! I came across this author quite by chance, but have loved each of his three stories I've read. This one was another great mystery with a very well thought out and delivered plot, with quite a surprising ending. Just when you thought you had it figured out, the author comes in with an unexpected twist. Interspersed with humor, this book is well worth the read!! Definitely 9 out of 10 for me.
Betty Dickie
I love this guy's books. Quirky, funny, but a decent mystery. The cast of characters is always a treat. Even the bad guys are interesting. I just wish he wrote faster.
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Feb 03, 2012 Corinne marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I have so enjoyed Fredrickson's previous mysteries and look forward to this release! Its been on my wish list for a while now!
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Did NOT keep my attention or interest.
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Jack Fredrickson’s first Dek Elstrom mystery, A Safe Place for Dying, was nominated for the Shamus Award for Best First Novel. His short fiction has appeared in the acclaimed Chicago Blues and in Michael Connelly’s Burden of the Badge anthologies. He lives with his wife, Susan, west of Chicago, where he is crafting the next Dek Elstrom novel.

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  • Honestly Dearest, You're Dead
  • The Dead Caller from Chicago: A Mystery
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