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Racing the Devil by Jaden Terrell
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Dec 26, 11

bookshelves: current_issues, mystery, relationships, suspense
Read in December, 2011

A man walks into a bar. Observant ex-cop, he sees the stories behind the people there. Divorced and lonely, he sees the needy woman too. But soon he’s bitten off more than he can chew. Charged with a murder that’s got his fingerprints all over it, Jared McKean finds his world falling apart. Luckily he has some true and valiant friends who rally to defend him from the most unlikely places, sending him off on a race to clear his name.

Jaden Terrell’s Racing the Devil is no cut-and-dried who-dun-it. Life doesn’t stop just because disaster looms, and protagonist Jared McKean still has family, ex-family and friends with calls on his time. His son has Down’s syndrome, his closest friend has AIDS, and his nephew’s suddenly going off the rails. Jared’s ex-wife battles bravely for those impossible happy-ever-afters while a sweet lonely housewife lies brutally dead.

Page-turning mystery and enthralling family drama combine to make Racing the Devil a perfect mix. Dark and light blend into the confusion of modern life with wholly believable characters, real-world dilemmas, and a captivating mix of ethical challenge and genuine human kindness. The result is a book that’s seriously hard to put down with a protagonist the reader will be eager to meet again, wanting to know how he solves his life as well as his mysteries.

Disclosure: I received a Bound Galley of this novel from the publisher, the Permanent Press, in exchange for an honest review.
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