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If I Fail (Jake Carrington Mystery #1)

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Are rules really meant to be broken? Jake Carrington finds out the hard way and the answer is no! Dating Chloe Wagner was a huge mistake, and Jake should have known better—he’s investigating the murder of Chloe’s sister. Now Chloe is the number one suspect in that murder. If she’s convicted, Jake could lose not only his rank, but his job. If that’s not bad enough, he’s got ...more
Paperback, Print Version, 278 pages
Published September 16th 2013 by MuseItUp Publishing (first published September 7th 2012)
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Gerri Brousseau
Sep 11, 2012 Gerri Brousseau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I Fail did not fail to deliver. Ms. Lanouette takes us into the relationship between homoside detective, Jake Carrington and his partner, and explores the tragic losses in Carrington's past. The story revolves around the investigation of three murder cases which keeps the reader rivited. One of the elements of her book which I really enjoyed was that of her fictious town, which really hit close to home. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I can't wait for the sequel.
Marian
Oct 02, 2013 Marian added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I want to thank everyone who has read Jake and his crew. I hope I can continue to entertain you. Marian
Joy Smith
Sep 24, 2012 Joy Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An authentically crafted detective story
In this page-turning, crime-driven novel, Marion Lanouette sets the tone for her detective series with complex characters that pull at your heart strings. As a detective, Jake Carrington is noble, dedicated, and caring. He relives the death of his sister, which led to the deterioration of his family, each time he works on a major crime involving a murder. In IF I FAIL, he deals with three separate cases. Jake's love for children and respect for the institu
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Gerri
Feb 21, 2013 Gerri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a debut novel, and it earned the five stars given. A murder mystery, several actually, a police-who-dun-it, romantic elements, great characters and great writing make this a book you really hate to have to put down. I've never worked in a police station, but the writing put me in there, listening and watching the detectives do their thing. Never once was I pulled out of the story. I really liked the main character, Jake, and his partner, Louie. If you like murder mysteries, you will love ...more
C H
Sep 08, 2012 C H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book! Couldn't put it down, read it every moment I could! Story was fast paced and the characters were so good. Can't wait till the next book to find out what happens to some of them. Mia and Jake were hot! hot! hot!
Colleen Blackstone
Excellent story from a debut author. Wasn't ready for it to end when it did!
Lynda
Nov 23, 2013 Lynda rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Goodreads First Reads book giveaway, I received “If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery” for free.
It began with a great opening that grabbed me and pulled on my emotions. How could I not continue to read…I needed to know the outcome? The beginning scene was set within a few sentences with a heavy sadness.

The day-to-day accounting of Jake Carrington as a detective whether at work or at play established a firm storyline. As his character unfolded the reader was presented with a pleasing
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H.K. Carlton
Nov 18, 2012 H.K. Carlton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I very much enjoyed If I Fail. I fell in love with Jake Carrington from the first character summary that I was lucky enough to read. The fact that he is damaged just makes you love him and pull for him all the more. Marian Lanouette writes in that unique way that helps you to actually watch the scene unfold before you. I could totally see this as an episodic drama. I enjoyed the relationship between Jake and his partner Louie immensely. It is a working relationship that is based on mutual ...more
Ash
Aug 16, 2014 Ash rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I received a copy of this novel as a firstreads giveaway so thank you Goodreads and Marian.

Marian Lanouette's debut novel If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery is a page-turner that gives you a view into the lives of the police. The story felt genuine as the characters, especially the titular character Jake, were believable and easy to relate to while the way multiple cases and Jake's personal life entwined throughout the novel made Marian's writing feel more realistic and lifelike than a simple
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Gail Chianese
Sep 26, 2012 Gail Chianese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Jake. He's not perfect. He's got baggage that weighs him down. He can be a bit pushy and all alpha male at times. He makes mistakes. But don't you just love a real guy? He's also dedicated to his job and best friend. He's compassionate and filled with passion and empathy.

Mia is a great match for Jake. She's not going to let him get away with crap and isn't afraid to stand up for herself.

Marian Lanouette did a great job keeping the pages turning with If I Fail. Multiple cases to solve, a
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Roshandra Author R.M.Simone'
Mar 07, 2014 Roshandra Author R.M.Simone' rated it it was amazing
Hi Marian finally got my copy to read and put my feet up and got into your BOOK. Loved it. You do bring in this feeling of a 'real cop' like life and story weaves nicely to keep the read moving along with twists and intrigue. I VERY MUCH ENJOYED this....on going success dear and keep writing on. Can't wait to see more of how this follows up....on more of Jake... Love looking into a strong male character's heart that is real and has feelings behind a tough world he functions in. Roshandra warmly ...more
Roberta Lerman
Oct 21, 2012 Roberta Lerman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marian Lanouette is now on my favorite author list. I loved this book.
If I Fail is a page turner from the first paragraph to the last. The story is fast paced and filled with unique, wonderfully developed character's. The plot with its three murders engrossing. I loved the relationship between Jake & Louie and Jake and Mia set the pages on fire! Did not want to put this book down. I can't wait for the next one to come out
Carol Miller
Dec 06, 2012 Carol Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In her debut book, Marian Lanouette, has delivered the goods! Won't be long before we see her on the Best Seller's List! In richly developing her characters, she makes me love them, hate them, or want to be them. The book is a riveting page turner that I most certainly did not want to see end! Thank goodness the next book in her Jake Carrington series is coming in January so I don't have to hold my breath too long!
Madeleine McLaughlin
Sep 18, 2014 Madeleine McLaughlin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: who-done-it
I gave this book five stars because I liked the originality of not having just one case throughout the book but a few, which I think is like it is in reality for a police force. Jake Carrington is an engaging character, as was Louie, his sidekick.

The romance was a nice touch and there was enough mystery to keep me reading.
Casey Wyatt
Jan 13, 2013 Casey Wyatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The characters in this book really stand out. They are real, gritty people that I want to learn more about. In addition to not one, but three murder mysteries, the story delves into the inner workings of a cop's life and their families. I loved Ms. Lanouette's humor and snappy dialogue. I can't wait to read the next installment - Burn In Hell!
Lhenry
Good, I liked the plot and the way the reader saw the many cases the homicide unit dealt with. Jake is a very likable character and I loved the other detectives, especially the partnership relationship between Louie and Jake. I did not like Mia as much but that was because she was very believably flawed, while being a smart, independent woman.
Brenda
Sep 24, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was fast paced and moved from one crime scene to another.. There was never dull moment. I could't help but root for Jake and Mia. When I got to the end I turned the page expecting more. I don't think the next book will come out fast enough.
R. James Turley
Dec 20, 2013 R. James Turley rated it really liked it
If I fail was jam packed with action wit characters that seemed very real. Marian Lanouette hit a home run.
T.L. Costa
Jan 18, 2013 T.L. Costa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!
Lissa Trevor
Apr 21, 2013 Lissa Trevor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very suspenseful! Loved Jake! :D
Virginia McKevitt
Jul 16, 2015 Virginia McKevitt rated it it was amazing
My review of Marian Lanouette's IF I FAIL
5.0 out of 5 stars A Crime Thriller You Can't Put Down, July 15, 2015
By virginia mckevitt (New Orleans, LA, USA)
This review is from: If I Fail: A Jake Carrington Mystery (Paperback)
I really loved this book. This is a ‘who done it’ that grips you with the first page and keeps going. Lanouette does an incredible job in keeping up the suspense in this fast paced page turner that is a first in the series
Detective Jake Carrington has his hands full trying to s
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H.K. Carlton
Oct 05, 2013 H.K. Carlton rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed If I Fail. I fell in love with Jake Carrington from the first character summary that I was lucky enough to read. The fact that he is damaged just makes you love him and pull for him all the more. Marian Lanouette writes in that unique way that helps you to actually watch the scene unfold before you. I could totally see this as an episodic drama. I enjoyed the relationship between Jake and his partner Louie immensely. It is a working relationship that is based on mutual ...more
Gina Smith
Dec 01, 2015 Gina Smith rated it really liked it
A good mystery book. Detectives Jake and Louie are partners and this book focuses on several of their outstanding cases. One of the cases involves the murder of Chloe's sister. Chloe is a girl Jake dated a few times and she starts to stalk Jake's new girlfriend. Is she using the case as an excuse to stay close to Jake or is she behind the murder. Jake's new girlfriend Mia is struggling with dating a cop and the fact that he withheld information from her. Then there is the case of Chelsea Adams a ...more
Victoria Hanlen
Aug 30, 2016 Victoria Hanlen rated it it was amazing
COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN!
IF I FAIL hooks you right away and keeps you guessing. Ms. Lanouette provides plenty of twists and turns and sets a great pace for us amateur sleuths who like to solve the who-done-it along with detectives Jake Carrington and Louie Romanelli. I also enjoyed the ribbing and banter between Jake and Louie while I learned about police procedure. With multiple cases working, Jake finally meets, Mia, the love of his life. As their relationship heats up, the clues begin to fall int
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Heather Greenis
Sep 26, 2013 Heather Greenis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book kept me on my toes. Two 'who did its' and a love story to follow.
I'd suggest reading if you Fail and then reading Burn in Hell and follow the life of Jake, the sexy cop. A good cop that's human. He makes mistakes and prays they don't cost him his career.
I loved the ending to this book. Hummm!
Well done, Ms. Lanouette
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Marian writing as Merry Holly is one of Amazon's bestselling authors for Season of Magic, a holiday anthology.

Marian born and raised in Brooklyn, New York is the seventh of ten children. At the age of sixteen her family moved from New York to New England. A typical teenager, she felt her life was ruined and journalized her feeling about this new life. The journal helped her realize how easily she
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