I must start by saying I am a huge Robert Crais fan. This book is a stand-alone and is a departure from the familiar Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels buI must start by saying I am a huge Robert Crais fan. This book is a stand-alone and is a departure from the familiar Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels but bears the stamp of his writing and storytelling skill. However, the characters are engaging and I'd love to see it be the beginning of a new series.
Officer Scott James was nearly killed in a police involved shooting and his partner was killed. He suffers from a terrible guilt that he couldn't save her and also struggles with PTSD. After his convalescence he is accepted into the K-9 training program and paired with Maggie, a wonderful German Shepherd who was wounded in Afghanistan and also suffers from PTSD.
It is a very interesting combination - both dog and trainer with PTSD, but they embark on an unofficial investigation to solve the shooting that killed his partner. There are many surprises along the way.
One of the most interesting things that Crais does in the novel is to write chapters from Maggie's point of view and she and Scott work their way through the case. She and Scott are "pack" and he is the alpha. Her sole purpose is to serve and protect him.
He accurately depicts many of the symptoms of PTSD. I know. I've been there. When he compulsively returns to the scene of the shooting nine months ago trying for some other explanation and tries to penetrate the holes in his memory, that was all so familiar to me.
While this style of writing is a departure from his normal style, In my opinion you can't go wrong with a book by Robert Crais.
It is hard to review your own book and that is also a bit self-serving. The paperback will be released at the end of October.
Here is one pre-publicatiIt is hard to review your own book and that is also a bit self-serving. The paperback will be released at the end of October.
Here is one pre-publication review:
5.0 out of 5 stars Danse Macabre September 27, 2013 By Mike Dennis Format:Kindle Edition This book is, by all appearances, a "chick lit" kind of book, with its abundance of female characters (including the protagonist), and a very female point of view. However, it ventures far afield of that genre, opting instead for a high-tension tale of revenge.
The author refuses to take the easy way out for either her central character or the story, relying on a vivid opening in which aspiring ballerina Laurel Murphy comes face to face with pure evil. Its effect on her runs deep with each turn of the page, and as her life moves forward, the reader is left to wonder if she will ever recover.
I will confess I am the co-author of this book and have been totally engrossed in it and the astounding life of Bella Capo from the day my co-author DI will confess I am the co-author of this book and have been totally engrossed in it and the astounding life of Bella Capo from the day my co-author Dennis N. Griffin invited me into the project.
The book will be released on October 15 and reservations are currently available with special "perks" during the presale period.
I just re-read the proof and although I knew the story inside out by now, I still couldn't put it down. Bella Capo fills you with awe for her courageous attitude and inspiration. She was the physically and mentally abused child of a power broker with organized crime ties, and began her first girl gang at the tender age of eleven. She grew up to run clubs and after hours clubs on Hollywood's famed Sunset Strip when she was only 20 (not even old enough to drink) complete with the underlying culture of drugs and guns, and became a powerful force in that world. Later, unbelievably enough, she became a white female boss in the notorious Crips gang, but was forced into hiding when her ex-husband and his mob buddies stalked her and threatened her life.
Bella, who founded the online movement La Bella Mafia to help abuse victims and those in jeopardy, came out of hiding to tell her story in the hope of reaching as many abuse victims as possible and increasing awareness about what goes on behind closed doors in many homes.
La Bella Mafia is a true inspiration. No sugar-coating here. She gifted me and Dennis N. Griffin with the responsibility of helping tell her story and in the process we became like extended family.
Just finished an older book by Vincent Bugliosi, And the Sea Will TellAnd the Sea Will Tell about a controversial murder case in the 1970s that continJust finished an older book by Vincent Bugliosi, And the Sea Will TellAnd the Sea Will Tell about a controversial murder case in the 1970s that continued well into the 1980s. The location, Palmyra Island, a remote coral atoll in the South Pacific about 1000 miles from Hawaii. Two people were presumed to be murdered by two others who wound up piloting their sleek boat into a Hawaii harbor and were arrested.
Bugliosi is a great storyteller and weaves the circumstantial evidence in this true case in a way that holds your attention. If you like true crime, and I do, I can recommend books by Bugliosi. In the second part he goes into all of the strategies and theatrics a successful defense attorney employs when there is a dearth of actual evidence.
My only critique might be that the section with his summation to the jury could have been shorter, because for the first time during the reading of this book, I found my attention wandering. ...more
Unlike Grisham's legal thrillers, this book was a hoot and showed the lighter side of his approach to the legal profession. Findlay and Figg is a shodUnlike Grisham's legal thrillers, this book was a hoot and showed the lighter side of his approach to the legal profession. Findlay and Figg is a shoddy "boutique" legal firm, at least that's their definition. It consists of two inept attorneys, a secretary with an attitude and a company dog named AC.
In a word, they are ambulance chasers and hope they never have to go to court. They handle accidents, divorces and a myriad of marginal cases, all able to be settled for minor amounts without pleading the case to a judge. To complicate things Wally Figg, the junior partner, is a hopeless alcoholic with big ideas far beyond his capabilities. His big promotional idea is to advertise on bingo cards.
One day David, an attorney who was with a big prestigious law firm for three years, has a meltdown, goes on a bender and winds up at Findlay and Figg in a drunken stupor. Before he knows it, he's decided to join the firm and go from a $300,000 a year job to $1,000 a month plus a percentage of what he brings in.
The fun begins when Wally gets his teeth into a tort case involving a cholesterol drug named Crayox. The dollar signs dance in his eyes and he's out to sue one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the nation. He's digging up questionable cases for a class action suit regardless of whether they really appear to have a claim or not. The fact that he or Oscar Findlay have never, or rarely, tried a case in Federal court or any court for that matter, doesn't seem to phase him. They are going for the gold and dragging David along.
As an author myself whose books include many funny mysteries or capers, I thoroughly enjoyed this humorous legal plot and believe most people who love a book where the underdog's plans backfire amid hoots and howls will love it too. If you enjoy quirky humor that's a plus because there is plenty of it. ...more
This book was published in 1991. I save many paperbacks and reread them years later. This was one of those cases.
In my opinion, Susan Dunlap is an excThis book was published in 1991. I save many paperbacks and reread them years later. This was one of those cases.
In my opinion, Susan Dunlap is an excellent author. Her location descriptions immerse you in the scene, the characters are three dimensional and the plot was both interesting and challenging.
Flamboyant artist Garrett Brant was struck by a hit and run driver on the day he told his wife he was going into San Francisco to meet with a woman about a show. Three years later a disgraced former cop calls Kiernan O'Shaugnnesy, coroner turned P.I., and begs her to take on Garrett's wife as a client. Garrett was left brain damaged from the accident and the former cop thinks he's found a clue to the person who was driving the car. The problem is no one has been completely straight with Kiernan and each has their own agenda. As for Garrett, although he recovered physically, the damage to his short term memory has plunged him and his wife into an existence that is like "Ground Hog Day." For Garrett, every day is the fateful day before he drove into San Francisco. He holds the key to all of the lies, but the key is trapped in a mind that can't remember. The big question is whether it was an accident or attempted murder. If it was the latter, why?
The suspense is something you can feel, and this is a thoroughly enjoyable read. ...more