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No Place to Die (Sean Richardson #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  253 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
On a beautiful winter evening, Phoenix attorney Beverly Thompson is snatched from her home and her husband is brutally murdered. Four more victims quickly fall to the same killer and the case is assigned to homicide detective Sean Richardson. Now Sean must somehow stop an elusive killer with no idea who he is or where he might strike next. And unfortunately, time is runnin ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 326 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Leisure Books (first published July 27th 2010)
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    Nov 27, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it
    I always get a little knot in the pit of my stomach whenever I start reading the work of an author who is also a Goodreads friend. What if I don’t enjoy it? What if I hurt the author’s feelings by writing a less than stellar review?

    For some reason, this anxiety didn’t occur when I started reading No Place to Die. Maybe it was the last two paragraphs in the Acknowledgments section that cracked me up. Or maybe it was the vivid description of a brutal crime in the first chapter that made me want t
    Dan Schwent
    Attorney Beverly Thompson is kidnapped after watching her husband and dog being killed by a man she failed to keep out of prison years before. As she goes through a living hell of rape and abuse, Carl McClain goes on a rampage, killing all those he feels responsible for his incarceration. Can Detective Sean Richardson stop McClain before he kills Thompson?

    Before I get into the meat of this review, I want to bring up a subject we are all passionate about: Goodreads Authors. You hate them, right?
    Jul 29, 2010 Kemper rated it really liked it
    Well, this is awkward.

    For the first time I find myself writing a review that I think there’s an actual chance that the author might read because James Thane is one of my Goodreads friends that I hear from pretty regularly.

    (Other Goodreads authors should note how James Thane has used this site. He’s got more books than friends, has written several interesting reviews as well as voted and commented on reviews by others, and he’s never once tried to pimp his novel to me. So I bought his book the d
    Aug 13, 2014 Brandon rated it really liked it
    Beverly Thompson is snatched from her garage in broad daylight, her husband gunned down in cold blood. A killer is on the loose and detective Sean Richardson of the Phoenix PD is on the case. When a string of murders follow Beverly’s abduction, Richardson and company struggle to connect them. Do the killings have anything to do with Thompson’s disappearance and can Sean stop the madman before the body count continues?

    I probably should provide full disclosure - James is a friend of mine and while
    Cathy DuPont
    Oct 10, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it
    Great readable book and even more impressed for three reasons:
    1. Goodreads author, James L. Thane, who is also a GR friend;
    2. A debut novel; and
    3. A great descriptive and enjoyable read.

    Apparently Jim has a sense of humor and I let him know how funny I thought his acknowledgement was after reading it. His response was that he thought he was the only person to read acknowledgments but he did get a lot of feedback about it. Said he figured now that he wasn’t the only one to start from the begin
    Oct 21, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
    A very enjoyable thriller with a low-key narration that some how made the horrors of the story all the more realistic & hard-hitting. The detective's POV was excellent & seemed very realistic, although I can't say for sure. Everything made sense, though. There were no coincidences that so often ruin stories of this type.

    The final page disappointed me a bit. Too much was resolved, which detracted from the realism. Nothing terrible, but I would have preferred the book to end without that f
    Dec 13, 2013 Eric_W rated it really liked it
    As another reviewer mentioned, it's always with some trepidation that one purchases and starts reading a book written by a Goodreads friend. There's always the worry it will turn out to be crap. Fortunately this is sooo not the case here. I was hooked from the beginning and it's well-written.

    The story is told from the viewpoint of Carl McClain, a man wrongly convicted the murder of a prostitute seventeen years before, and in the first person from the perspective of the detective, Sean, assigned
    Pour yourself a couple of fingers of Jameson, sit back with your feet propped up and enjoy this fast-paced, realistic suspense thriller novel. The plot to seek revenge from those that put McClain in jail by mistake was terrific. I felt comfortably at home with the author's style of writing.

    Don't miss the Acknowledgements to wife and friends!

    Looking forward to reading Thane's latest book published in 2013.
    Larry Bassett
    This book has rescued me from the series of Tough Books by Famous Authors that I have subjected myself to recently! I had fun reading this book. And not just because it is my first book read totally on a Kindle with no reliance on a physical, paper book. While reading this book may not have made me a better person, it has made me a happier person for the past few days. The best thing I can say about No Place to Die is that I read it over just a few days and am immediately beginning the second bo ...more
    Jim Thomsen
    Jul 30, 2010 Jim Thomsen rated it really liked it
    This debut novel delivers everything devout readers of suspense and police procedural novels would expect — a tightly wound plot, crisp pacing, unerring authenticity and a few key characters in whom we feel invested.

    I gobbled it up over a couple of nights because I just had to know how it would end — even though, halfway through, I knew there was only one way it COULD end. But because I cared about the dilemma and about the characters, I was content to settle for being in suspense about only th
    Jan 01, 2016 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: own
    This is a book from a generous author who warmly likes other peoples' reviews and doesn't place any pressure on one to read & review his own work.
    In light of all the books I had managed to read last year I thought the time had come to embrace a new author and read James' book. I'm not sure if he was aware as he hasn't prompted me to finish it and give him a constellation of stars.
    Breaking into 2016 I am pleased it is the first book I have finished in this New Year. Thane is true to his own r
    Feb 10, 2015 Ms.pegasus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: anyone interested in a quickly moving crime story
    Recommended to Ms.pegasus by: the author's well-written GR reviews of OTHER books
    Shelves: mystery, fiction, suspense
    Beverly Thompson, an attorney specializing in medical malpractice, enters her garage anticipating the end of a long day. Her comfortable thoughts end abruptly. A black-clad figure rolls under the closing garage door and subdues her at gunpoint. He kills her husband David, and for good measure also kills the family dog, before abducting her. A random crime? Possibly — until she hears his ugly whisper: “ 'Hello, Beverly. It's very nice to see you again.'” It's the last thing she hears before succ ...more
    Jan 12, 2013 Denise rated it really liked it
    Recommends it for: anyone who wants to read a well crafted story.
    I started reading it on Thursday, could hardly put it down, read through most of the night (till about 4 a.m. and I couldn't keep my eyes open) woke up at about 6 a.m. and read it until I finished it on Friday.

    I have been looking for books set in Phoenix (my new hometown) and was reminded that my Goodreads Friend, James L. Thane had written a book set in Phoenix. This book is billed as a police procedural/suspense novel, and since I read mostly cozy mysteries I was a little hesitant but it didn'
    Kurt Reichenbaugh
    Feb 11, 2011 Kurt Reichenbaugh rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: noir
    Maybe it's because I live in Phoenix, where this novel is set...but whatever the reason, I thought this was a nice blend of procedural and noir. It rolls at a fast clip as troubled Phx Det Sean Richardson and his partner Maggie McClinton work to find the link between seemingly random killings and a missing attorney. A strong sense of place lifts this book up a notch above the average thriller. Phoenix is often passed over in the noir realm but this one stakes its claim. It goes right up there wi ...more
    Nov 05, 2014 Jim rated it it was amazing
    I found "No Place To Die" to be an excellent mystery/ thriller to read. It's brim full with action, suspense, and real life heartache. Taking place in Phoenix, protagonist Sean Richardson is a homicide detective partnered with the sultry Maggie McClinton. Working under the command of Lt. Russ Martin, Richardson and McClinton are thrown a grisly murder-kidnapping of a very successful, husband and wife cardiologist and medical malpractice lawyer respectively. Beverly Thompson while trying not to b ...more
    Sep 16, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
    "That's for David, you pathetic piece of s---"

    I always enjoy books in which the victims don't just roll over and offer their bellies for evisceration. Beverly Thompson, the kidnap victim in "No Place To Die" isn't going down without a fight.

    I think this is a noteworthy debut novel by Thane. It started off with great momentum and unlike a lot of books, even by longtime novelists, the momentum didn't die off but just kept building.

    The character development was done very well, allowing me to identi
    Terri Lynn
    Dec 26, 2015 Terri Lynn rated it it was amazing
    I loved it!!! Detective Sean Richardson of the Phoenix PD and his partner Maggie catch a strange case when a woman's husband and dog are murdered in their garage and she is abducted. Beverly Thompson had been a public defender 17 years ago, so green and inexperienced that she lost the case of a man Carl McClain falsely accused of murdering a prostitute 17 years earlier. Carl had spent 17 years of a sentence with no possibility of parole hatching a revenge plan to kill the judge, prosecutor, cops ...more
    Joe Cummings
    Feb 20, 2015 Joe Cummings rated it liked it
    I picked up James L. Thane's 2010 crime novel No Place to Die because it takes place here in Phoenix, and I wanted to see how well the author captured how life (socially, economically, politically, etc.) is in the Valley of the Sun. Although it was published in 2010, the story it tells happens in 2007, and the city has changes some in the interin. For instances, by 2010 there is no longer a chain of Border's bookstores here. Nevertheless the writer does a good job in his portrait of the city a ...more
    Mar 29, 2015 Jeanette rated it liked it
    Fast paced detective action thriller. Easy read and filled with Phoenix locale feel and mature police (Homicide)protagonist. You fall into the action immediately and the time is ticking for a rescue!
    William Johnson
    Full disclosure: the author, James L Thane, is a friend, so that must be considered when reading this review. Jimbo (as I call him ... and I'm sure he hates it. Sorry, I've always wanted to call someone Jimbo and Jimmy just doesn't fit you) is an excellent author, friend or not, so my first bit of praise is there.

    Technically speaking, Thane is matter of fact and quite descriptive. He is also deceptive, and this goes farther than just plotting. I was initially turned off by the choices Thane made
    Aug 05, 2013 Ronna rated it really liked it
    Hidden amongst a lot of best sellers is a great thriller by James Thane--NO PLACE TO DIE. It reminded me of a number of books that are centered around one unlikely event that has happened years ago, and as a result many people are slated to die by a sadistic murderer in his demented try at revenge. In this case, the murderer was wrongly convicted of a previous murder seventeen years ago.

    In Phoenix, Beverly Thompson is kidnapped after her husband and dog have been murdered. Detective Sean Richar
    Jan 12, 2014 S.G. rated it really liked it
    The book kicks off with a murder/kidnapping and never lets up until the very satisfying conclusion. Even though we learn early who the bad guy is and why he's doing what he's doing, Thane treats the reader to an intelligent glimpse into the police process. We feel their frustration as they try to piece together the puzzle. The villain is tough and smart (and really pissed off!) but he's no over-the-top mastermind. This is a very believable story with complicated characters who never break form a ...more
    Jul 16, 2015 GymGuy rated it really liked it
    I actually read the second in the Sean Richardson series first. It was just as good. Excellent start to what I hope are more books in the series. I thought there were a few digressions in the plot that slowed things down, but otherwise a really good action story with some good twists and turns.
    Aug 11, 2010 grumpybybirth rated it really liked it
    Shelves: first-reads
    My attention was grabbed from page 1! The characters were so dynamic, that you get to feel like you know the complex relationships between the sets of characters where their set roles shifted slightly. The story line is realistic and I found myself at times forgetting how bad the “bad guy” is. You get to know the characters inside and out and you can relate to them. I actually felt for the bad guy, he does bad things but you can see how he became who he is.

    The background stories were great; they
    Feb 03, 2016 Nena rated it really liked it
    (EBook Kindle)

    I bought and read this when it first became available for Kindle. For a first novel, I felt this plot driven crime drama was very well written. The characters were well developed, the plot moved along at a nice pace and the chapters revolving around the kidnap victim were my favorite. I felt these chapters kept the pace fluid.

    Since I am writing this review now and I still remember the entire plot and the ending, that says a lot. I think this author has a lot of raw talent and can
    Jun 01, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it
    A interesting plot starts from page 1 when a lady attorney arrives home on a winter's evening. Upon driving into her garage she is attacked by a person unknown who followed her car into the garage. He physically attacks her, upon hearing the commotion her surgeon husband rushes from the kitchen into the garage and is shot twice at close range, their pet dog following close behind is also killed. The attorney is doped up and taken prisoner. As the story proceeds she has no idea who this person is ...more
    Feb 09, 2015 Peter rated it really liked it
    Shelves: fiction-thriller
    No Place to Die is the first novel by James Thane, a new and very readable crime thriller author. He might be a new John Sandford.

    Sean Richardson, a homicide detective on the Phoenix PD, is having a tough time: his wife, Julie, has been in a coma for many months since an automobile accident—-he visits her every night; his mother-in-law has sued to prevent implementation of a living will that Julie had written, and Sean feels bound to honor. So Julie is in limbo, and Sean is not in a good frame o
    Dec 24, 2015 Ellen rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: mystery-sleuth, thane
    No Place to Die by James L. Thane.

    Carl McClain was released from prison after serving 17 years for a murder he never committed. He would have a good case for financial retribution if he chose that way to go. The way Carl chose to go was a far different course of action. An action that would commence with chaos in answer to all those years of wasted solitude.

    Sean Richardson, Phoenix Homicide Detective, is leading the crew assigned to him and his partner Maggie regarding a series of murders and ab
    Laurie M
    Jan 21, 2015 Laurie M rated it really liked it
    Good read. Fast paced and held my interest.
    May 12, 2015 Deb rated it liked it
    I enjoyed this first novel from James Thane. Phoenix detective Sean Richardson heads up a team investigating a series murders that start with the kidnapping of malpractice lawyer Beverly Thompson and the shooting death of her cardiologist husband. There are no leads, and no obvious connections between the victims. The reader knows before the police do, why the murders are happening, and who the killer is, so the primary tension is when will Richardson and his team find out? And will they rescue ...more
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    James L. Thane was born and raised in northwestern Montana and has worked as a janitor, a dry cleaner, an auto parts salesman, a sawyer, an ambulance driver and a college professor. While working as an historian, Thane wrote one non-fiction book and a number of magazine and journal articles. But he always loved reading crime fiction and so decided to take a crack at writing a suspense novel. The r ...more
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