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Rules of Crime

(Detective Jackson Mystery #7)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,373 ratings  ·  71 reviews
When a call from his daughter, Katie, interrupts his much-needed vacation, Detective Wade Jackson knows it's bad news. His ex-wife, Renee, has disappeared and Jackson heads home to discover she's been kidnapped. That same weekend, a young University of Oregon student is brutally beaten and dumped naked at the ER. As Jackson teams with FBI Agent Carla River to retrace ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Thomas & Mercer
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James Thane
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Detective Wade Jackson's ex-wife, Renee, is having a very bad day. She's fallen off the wagon and needs a shot of vodka to get her through her A.A. meeting. She knows her drinking is getting out of control again, which not good, because she has an attractive new boyfriend who believes that she's cleaned up and is now sober.

When confronted by the meeting leader, Renee decides to bit the bullet and check herself into rehab again, but on the verge of walking into the sanitarium, she is kidnapped by
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, from-ku
Renee knows that needing a shot of Vodka to get through her AA-meeting is a sign and decides to admit herself into rehab once more.
That's where her car is found but there's no trace of Renee.

During his much needed Hawaii-vacation with his girlfriend Kera, Jackson gets the bad news of his ex-wife's disappearence. He rushes back to support his daughter and help Carla River, the new FBI-Agent in town with the investigation. When her fiance is asked for 100.000$ for ransom, the well planned
David Highton
The kidnapping for ransom of Jackson's ex-wife is the key narrative of this book with the FBI involved, but with a potentially connected murder and Sergeant Evans investigating a very serious assault, this book starts to get very complicated and loses a little momentum. But still a decent read.
Gail Glogowski
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this book but the ending was so abrupt & a lot of connections had to be made. I was left wondering if I got it right.
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Rules of Crime by L. J. Sellers
A wild ride that doesn't disappoint!!

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When a call from his daughter, Katie, interrupts his much-needed vacation, Detective Wade Jackson knows its bad news. As Katie tearfully announces that her momJacksons ex-wife, Reneeis missing, Jackson suspects alcoholic Renee has climbed back inside the bottle that destroyed their marriage. But the truth is far worse: kidnappers have snatched Renee and are demanding ransom from her wealthy fiance.

The very
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love This Series

A woman going to college is severely beaten in a possible hazing, Detective Evans is asked to investigate. Detective Jackson's ex-wife is kidnapped and held for ransom. There seems to be more to the story for both crimes. Are they connected? Another outstanding book by this author.
Jamie Rose
May 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so angry about this author's stupid and ignorant representation of dogs that I can't currently continue reading the series at this time. I own Rottweilers and have previously owned several breeds. I volunteer at rescue centres and have done since I was 12, the only dog that ever maliciously attacked me was one of those cute daschund dogs who had been so spoilt it felt entitled. I have had significant injuries from cats but I'd never write entire chapters attempting to instal cats as bad ...more
Michael Delugg
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another well-written detective Jackson story

This book is difficult to encapsulate without spoiling, so I wont say much. If youre already a fan of the series, I hope youve been reading the books in sequence and you must read this.

We have a fine upstanding protagonist in Jackson. What starts as a straight-forward crime becomes very complex as it hits close to home for some of the characters. Sellers treats us to a varied array of characters, giving us insight into why some people might act the
Marina E. Cole
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

Another good adventure and a look inside the workings of a detective bureau. Day to day highlights of working complex cases makes for a fun ride. On to the next...
Russ Leavitt
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent!! The best book so far in this series.
nancy babineau
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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Amy Lignor
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mystery novels are fun, but this is one book that is not only fun and adventurous, but also offers a truly shocking ending that the reader will not see coming.

The story begins with Renee Jackson, ex-wife of Detective Wade Jackson, leaving an AA meeting just a tad bit early. Renee has decided she shouldnt have come to the meeting and even though she has been secretly hitting the bottle these last few weeks, she has no desire to share her issues. As Renee heads to her car where a thermos of Vodka
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Thanks to Goodreads and the publisher for my copy of this book.

For the most part, I enjoyed this book. The writing is good, and I liked the switching back-and-forth between the 2 plotlines featuring the different detectives. I kept changing my mind about whether the kidnapping or the beaten girl was the more interesting. The ending came as a complete surprise, which in itself is quite an accomplishment.

Even though the book is "a detective Jackson mystery", I actually found him quite bland and
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller-mystery
"Rules of Crime" (Thomas & Mercer 2013) is the tenth Detective Jackson mystery by L.J. Seller and the first I've read. It won't be the last. It opens as Detective Jackson is trying to relax and wind down on a Hawaiian vacation with his girlfriend, bored by all the easy-going life and manana attitude that is part and parcel of island vacations. He is horrified (but secretly thrilled) to receive a frantic call from his daughter that his ex-wife and the mother to his child is missing. Though he ...more
Gloria Feit
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Attacks by unknown perpetrators on two lone women, separated by several miles and as many hours, open this newest novel by L.J. Sellers in the Detective Wade Jackson series. The first is distinctly personal to Jackson: The kidnapping for random of his ex-wife, Renee, recovering alcoholic and the mother of his beloved teenage daughter, Katie. The FBI is called in, of course, but Jackson, now after 20 years a senior detective in the Violent Crimes Unit of the Eugene, Oregon P.D., is allowed to ...more
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this latest Detective Wade Jackson mystery, he is called by his daughter, Katie, who tells him his ex-wife, Renee, is missing. Jackson doesn't tell Katie, but he suspects that Renee may have fallen off the wagon and has walked away until she can straighten out again. When her wealthy fiance receives a ransom call, the horrible truth that she has been kidnapped is revealed.

While Jackson is investigating the kidnapping, his protege, Detective Lara Evans is on a case involving a young woman who
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
This has been a very strong series going into this book and I have enjoyed plowing thru all the books in order. This entry though was very silly and less of what I have come to enjoy from solid characters interacting and investigating. In this entry we have the trans FBI agent (yay representation for people you don't often see living "normal" lives) who is the child of a serial killer (ok but getting a little outlandish), who has these moments where she "hears" the word or a couple words a ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Rules of Crime, by L. J. Sellers, b-plus, Narrated by Patrick Lawlor, Produced by Brilliance Audio,Downloaded from

This is the latest book in the Detective Wade Jackson series. His daughter, Katie, interrupts his vacation with an urgent call that her mother, Wades ex-wife, Renee, is missing. He comes home to find that she has been kidnapped. The ransom demand goes to her current boy friend, a wealthy stockbroker. The attempt to pay the ransom goes terribly wrong, and no one knows for
This is the first Detective Jackson mystery that I have read and that may have affected my overall enjoyment of the book since he did not really seem to be the main character. I really liked the separate crime investigations but I didn't love the ending, it just didn't fit. There were too many characters and attempts to provide a background for each. That may be because I haven't read the other books but it didn't seem necessary for the minor characters. Some of the backgrounds were like hitting ...more
Theresa de Valence
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I have always liked the way L. J. Sellers unwraps a character to give the reader a deeply personal view. Not surprisingly, its a difficult feat to sustain with a series character over many books. In RULES OF CRIME, the seventh Wade Jackson story, we get reminders of why we care for Detective Jackson. Butmost excellentlyL. J. develops an intimate understanding for some new characters alongside reacquainting us with familiars from earlier stories. Several times during the story, I paused to ...more
Jodie Renner
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sellers Strikes Again!

Another great Detective Jackson police procedural from LJ Sellers! I've read most of LJ's novels - I think she's up to 10 or 11 by now - and this one definitely didn't disappoint! All my favorite characters returned - Detective Jackson, Lara Evans, and more - and Sellers introduced us to a new, interesting character in FBI agent Carla River. And LJ Sellers isn't afraid to address social issues and challenge reader preconceptions and attitudes. This story featured two
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Once I discovered the books of L.J. Sellers, I was truly hooked. Talk about page turners! I was fortunate enough to connect with her on Twitter and was able to find out the order of the books, a and all of the books that I have read have been fantastic. This book, which is part of an ongoing series, kept me up all night and I had to force myself to put it down. Ms. Sellers' writing flows cleanly and captivates the reader from page 1. Originally, I found one of her books on Kindle Unlimited as a ...more
Tom Elder
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
L J Sellers. Detective Jackson
Rules of Crime.
I have not read any of L J Sellers books for a while but reading Rules of Crime felt so good. Detective Wade Jackson is a workaholic so when he and his girlfriend get a phone call whilst on vacation it was no problem for him to go home and help with the emergency, the fact it was a kidnapping and it was his ex-wife who has been captured adds extra spice to this already fast moving story. He also has a teenage daughter which brings it's own set of
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This is book 7 in the Detective Jackson series and sees him searching for his kidnapped ex-wife. Again there are 2 crimes/ investigations running in tandem that turn out to be linked and I think this is maybe getting a 'bit old' now. The ending is a real shocker. The author makes a good job of making sure these books can be read as stand alone books as well as in sequence without boring the readers who have read them in sequence with a load of 'catch up' information but there are also gaps ...more
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: justread
I have followed this series from the beginning and I must say this one brought me to tears. L.J. Sellers did an excellent job introducing a new character while keeping the vibe of the older characters relationships intact. This is hard for some authors, but Sellers does a good job maintaining this universe intact. She continues to push the boundaries and limits of each character by writing about crimes that have been in the headlines while making them read unique and fresh. I would recommend ...more
Ken Bour
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prime-lenders
I have been a devotee of L. J. Sellers and detective Wade Jackson although it has been awhile since I left off at #6 in the series. Her writing is excellent and I found the story line inviting each time I picked up the novel for a few hours. Unfortunately, in this particular case, I found the ending somewhat bizarre, unbelievable, and disappointing even though, as it was being revealed, I was totally surprised and engaged. Without spoiling the resolution, all of a sudden the real culprit turned ...more
Mar 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Let me start by saying that I'm a big fan of L.J.'s books and the Jackson series in particular. However, I had a hard time getting into this one. The overall plot was good. It just seemed to drag along slowly. I did enjoy the final chapters as the case(s) wrapped up. I found the Rivers character interesting and had hoped to see a bit more of her personal issues addressed and explored some. Perhaps LJ is looking to spin this character into a new series? Not a bad read, just not as good as the ...more
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
The story could have done without Agent River; It felt like her character was lacking and not true-to-life as an authentic FBI agent. Also her 'reformed' character was questionable though no one did question it; The narrator had her sounding like a sexy siren. It was also phony that at times, she could read people's thoughts.

Other than that, this was another good Jackson mystery. I was surprised by the ending. What also surprised me was there was no mention of Internal Affairs after that
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a give-away on Goodreads and I'm so glad I did. It's a Detective Jackson mystery and is also a crime procedure novel. It is based in Eugene, Oregon, where the author lives, so is very accurate. The main characters are well-developed and the plot has lots of twists and turns, but, at the end, everything is tied together nicely. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of Sellers' work.
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I write the bestselling Detective Jackson mystery/thriller seriesa Readers Favorite award winneras well as the Agent Dallas series, the Extractor thrillers, and provocative standalone thrillers. My 26 novels have been highly praised and have sold more than a million copies.

I reside in Eugene, Oregon where my many of my novels are set, and I'm also an award-winning journalist who earned the Grand

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