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The Violet Hour

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  93 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
In Daniel Judson's powerful thriller, Bridgehampton mechanic Caleb Rakowski gets paid under the table at his friend Eric Carver's auto repair shop and lives in an apartment above it. He's good at his job and he's making a decent living, but right now he's sheltering a pregnant friend who'll do anything to keep her abusive husband away from her. Cal has sworn to protect her ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2009)
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Oct 03, 2011 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friend recommended this local author and I am glad I tried someone new to read!

Cal, a mechanic of unique imports, works under the table for Carver. After a change in his usual Friday happy hour plans due to a car that needs to get done, Cal finds himself on a wild adventure. Chronicled over the 3 days of the Halloween weekend, the book starts out strong and sinister then gets narrative as Judson describes Cal’s everyday life. The mood shifts and transfers back to the thriller atmosphere of the
Jul 25, 2011 Rusty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating read! Young Cal comes from a family of rogues and is determined to lead a life of honesty. Naturally talented in solving mechanical problems, he works in an unlicensed garage on fine automobiles of the rich. His life changes dramatically when he helps hide a former employer's wife, Heather, from her abusive husband. The wealthy husband vows to find her so she leads an isolated existence with the walls of the garage apartment where Cal lives. The two friends become involved in situa ...more
Mar 04, 2011 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Violet Hour is about three days in the life of Cal, a mechanic living a simple life which gets very complicated when he helps a friend hide from her abusive husband. There are probably a few too many coincidences in the plot line, but that didn't matter to me because the characters were so well drawn. Cal is a very likable and believable character, and it's easy to get caught up in the story as he tries to protect himself and his loved ones from the events that unfold. Enjoyable read.
Jul 25, 2011 Stacie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really fast paced and well written. The story, which in the beginning appeared to be all over the place, ended tied togther really well with a fantastic motivation for the lead character Cal.

Cal Rakowski, age 22, mechanic working off the books is a shady shop finds himself thrust into a race for his life and his friends that he had been hiding.

This is a self discovery journey by the end of this book. Worth the read. Good beach book.
Jun 09, 2010 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A surprising and very good book. An auto mechanic as the primary character with sterling characteristics.
No more by this author Flat, violent
Jan 31, 2016 Irwin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as his others
Aug 17, 2012 Chawkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
definitely a page turner. love dj as an author! enjoy his writing style a lot.
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DANIEL JUDSON, a Shamus Award winner and a four-time finalist, is the author of five previous novels, most recently The Violet Hour. He attended Southampton College, and his time in the Hamptons (particularly the parts that don’t make the society pages) was the inspiration for the setting and characters in Voyeur. He now lives in Connecticut.
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