Steeled for Murder (A Jesse Damon Crime Novel, #1)
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Steeled for Murder (Jesse Damon Crime Novel #1)

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On parole for a murder conviction, Jesse is the first suspect when Mitch, a forklift driver at work, is killed. Will Jesse be able to figure out what happened, or be sent back to prison?

After nearly twenty years in prison on a murder conviction, Jesse Damon has been released, a home detention monitor strapped to his ankle. Determined to make it and mindful of his parole re...more
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Vonnie Hughes
This is one of the best books I've read in a while. Love the background flavor of the steel manufacturing plant. When I looked at Rockwood's background I saw where that authenticity came from. Jesse Damon, after twenty years in prison, comes out determined to make it. There are so many obstacles put in his way (including the standard cop on the edge) that it's a wonder the poor guy doesn't hang himself. The tension ratchets up and up. The ending resolves rather quickly but that doesn't detract f...more
Imogen Knight
Jesse Damon is a convicted murderer on parole and the police can't wait to return him to prison.

When a dead body is discovered at Jesse's workplace, he seems the ideal suspect. Fortunately for Jesse, his girlfriend believes in him and his parole officer is not so cynical that he turns a blind eye to lack of evidence.

Setting about investigating the crime, since no one else seems to be interested in looking any further than him, Jesse finds himself in some interesting and comical situations. I par...more
Bex 'n' Books
Jesse Damon is a man who has been incarcerated longer than he was free. At 16, his brothers involve him in a crime that went bottoms up and he is left holding the bag, innocent of everything except being a trusting kid. Expecting that he will always be persecuted, he lives his life one minute at a time and doesn’t dare hope for any more.

And then Mitch gets murdered and the police train their eyes on Jesse. Since he is on parole and an ex-con, the police figure they have it all figured out. But...more
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What could be worse than going to prison for murder? Being recently released on to have been seen in a confrontation with one of his new co-workers only hours before he turned up murdered. Toss in a cop who is adamant he is guilty, several ill-timed illegal propositions, and a whole lot of miscommunication, and you get one emotional ride.

I'll admit it, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. I didn't think I was going to hate it or anything like that, but anyo...more
Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
Jesse Damon is out on parole after serving 19 years for a murder he didn’t commit. He’s fitted with a parole officer and a monitoring bracelet, with the allowance to go to work and home, aside from his P.O.’s office. He’s working the third shift at a steel plant and he’s made a few friends there. When a forklift operator, Mitch, is murdered after he and Jesse have words when he comes on shift, Jesse’s the prime suspect. Now he’s got the cops on his every move and since they won’t look at anyone...more
Karla Brandenburg
Jesse Damon was imprisoned when he was a minor because he took the rap for his brothers. They anticipated he’d get off because he was a minor, but when the charge became murder, Jesse was charged as an adult. Innocent and literally left holding the bag, he has paid 19 years of his life for a crime he didn’t commit. On parole as part of a work release program, Jesse wants to get on with his life, the one he was trying to live before his brothers roped him into their criminal plans. But the police...more
Shalini Ayre
Released on parole from a twenty year stay in prison, Jesse Damon is determined not to go back - ever. With an electronic tag encased around his ankle, his movements are monitored closely so his daily routine is work, the library, seeing his parole officer and then back to his tiny basement apartment. What a life considering he wasn't actually guilty.

With a probationary position at a steel fabrication plant, Jesse wants to show he's useful and knows to keep his head down. Which is working out ju...more
Julie Ramsey
JESSE DAMON'S LIFE HAS NOT BEEN EASY. AT THE AGE OF 3 HE LOST HIS MOTHER, HE WAS IN THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM TILL HE TURNED 14 AND HIS FATHER WAS RELEASED FROM PRISON. HIS FATHER WAS A DRUG ADDICTED AND COULD NOT BE THE FATHER HE SHOULD HAVE. AT THE AGE OF 16 JESSE'S BROTHERS FORCED HIM TO DO SOMETHING HE DID NOT WANT TO DO . . . . THEY INFORMED HIM THAT HE WAS A KID AND WHAT ARE THEY ARE GOING TO DO TO YOU ???? THEY WERE RUINING JESSE'S LIFE BEFORE HE HAD A CHANCE TO DO ANYTHING. THEY LEFT HIM HO...more
Teresa
I give this book a 3.5, actually. I loved the characters in the book. They were all so realistically flawed. I'd like to say that people wouldn't be as prejudiced against a parolee as the writer has the characters be against Jesse. But when I think about it, I have to say that most would be expecting the worst from one. Jesse seems a little too good to be true, a little too perfect. I don't care though, I love the character! My biggest complaint about the book is that it ends suddenly. So it was...more
Lynda Coker
As a parole, Jesse Damon's life is anything but pleasant. His new job at a fabrication plant is crucial to starting a new life, but things don't go well from the start. Accused of murder, he walks a tightrope, trying to not violate his parole and yet prove his innocence.

Jesse is a sympathetic character. He tells his story in first person so we get a closeup feel for his situation and feelings. The story is tense and fast moving. The author gave a lot of attention to authenticating the setting...more
Lhenry
A surprisingly gentle story with a really lovable hero in Jesse, a recently paroled convict who basically spends the entire book putting his parole in jeopardy because he can't walk away when someone needs help. He is very empathetic to those around him, even the cop who is harassing beyond any appropriate level. The other chracters too, are painted with a few strokes, but really do seem fully dimensional and come alive for the reader and the working class neighborhood setting is easy to envisio...more
Jocelyn Sanchez
This book is about Jesse Damon, who was imprisoned when he was a minor because he took the blame for a crime his brothers committed. They assumed that he would get off since he was a minor but instead he was trialed as an adult and locked up for a murder he didn't commit.

I really enjoyed this book. Jesse was easy to relate to and he was an interesting character to read about. I really like the writing style of the author and the plot was interesting and captivating. It was a fast-paced book tha...more
Cheap and Lazy
I loved this book. And not just because it's a well-told, tightly-written mystery with absolutely relentless tension. The main character, Jesse Damon, swept me off my feet. From the first page, it's simply impossible not to feel for this guy. All of the characters are exceptionally well-drawn, the setting very detailed. The whole thing was just a little too believable. I'm afraid I'll be thinking about it for a long time. The ending left me wanting more NOW. Good thing the second book in the ser...more
Kaye George
This book blew me away. Everything felt so real. This isn't a world I'm familiar with, but I could identify with the hopelessness for Jesse Damon. I'm so glad there are more in this series!
Chi Dubinski
Jesse Damon spent twenty years in prison for murder—and he’s only thirty-six. He’s got a job in a plating factory and a shabby basement apartment, but he’s free and plans to stay that way. When a co-worker is killed, the police consider Jesse their prime suspect.
The author has an authentic feel for the blue collar characters and their dialog. Jesse may have the odds stacked against him, but he refuses to let the system get him down. This is the first book in a five book series.
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