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Jake Barnes, a retired (Albany, NY) police detective, is convinced that Dr. Bernard Johns killed at least two women he was dating, but Jake was forced to retire for health reasons and his daughter worries his wanting to pursue Johns will jeopardize his health. When Jake finds someone willing to hire him to investigate, he learns the job comes with a young assistant who is ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published November 3rd 2013 by Expendable Man Publishing (first published October 31st 2013)
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Ronna
Nov 22, 2013 Ronna rated it it was amazing
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I received this book free from Firstreads. This is my honest review--

Jake Barnes is a retired Albany, NY police officer. Not that he really wanted to retire. A less than terrific heart sent him packing. His wife just recently died after a long bout with cancer, and his daughter and young grandson have moved in with him since she divorced her husband. Jake loves doing things with his grandson and has tried the golf game route, but he still has too much time on his hands.

When he sees a newspaper
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Joanne
Dec 18, 2013 Joanne rated it really liked it
Peter Pollak is a colleague and friend. This is the first of his novels that I have read; but won't be the last. I liked "In the Game" a lot! Loved the Capital Region (Albany, NY) tie-ins. I found the central character, PI Jake Barnes, to be very likeable and wonder if Peter Pollak has this same character in mind for other mysteries - along the lines of Nelson DeMille's John Corey. As to the plot, the three dead women shared enough in common to advance the story without a lot of complication. ...more
Rachel
Jan 11, 2014 Rachel rated it it was ok
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I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and overall, it was just...okay. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't fantastic, either. At risk of sounding like a middle school English teacher, a lot of the narration was "telling" instead of showing. Most of the dialogue sounded very unnatural -- to read it out loud would sound awkward and forced. The plot was interesting, though, and despite my near-certainty that it would end happily, I wanted to finish it to find out what happened next.

So I don't thin
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Peter
Nov 19, 2013 Peter added it  ·  (Review from the author)
In keeping with my belief that writers should NOT rate their own books, I'm merely posting this comment to let people know a little about how this story came about.

In the Game began as a story idea four or five years ago. I completed a first draft two years ago, but wasn't satisfied with the ending. After putting in on the shelf for a year, I came back to it early this year, re-wrote the ending and shared it with several beta readers, each of whom encouraged me to publish it.

After more edits i
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Esther
Jan 04, 2014 Esther rated it liked it
Won this book thru Goodreads. Interesting story, easy to read. The lead character, Jake Barnes, is very likeable and I would like to see him in another book.
Celeste
Dec 04, 2013 Celeste rated it liked it
I was given this book thrue the goodreads first reads giveaway program. Thank You Peter Pollak for the book. It was my first to read. I got right on it.
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I'm passionate about writing stories that readers don't want to put down.

My fifth novel, a thriller entitled House Divided, was released in February 2015. Some people think it's my best yet.

If you read all five, I'd like to hear which one you think is the best and why.

My first four are The Expendable Man (2011)--a thriller, two mysteries--Making the Grade (2012) and In the Game (2013), and a sus
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