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River City (a Jason Colefield Mystery)
"Patrolling Portland's Liquid Streets" As a frozen fog lifts, River Patrol Deputy, Jason Colefield, motors ashore on idyllic Sauvie Island to recover a body. Colefield has a history with the island and any return triggers unpleasant boyhood memories. This visit he comes face-to-face with his childhood nemesis, now a timeworn man, who leads him to the bullet riddled body of ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Floating Word Press
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This was a Library Writers Project Selection and I feel completely and utterly let down by my library. This was awful. I mean, at one point the main character called the bad guy "brilliantly diabolical". And the River Patrol was investigating a homicide because one detective was on vacation and the other had a bum shoulder. What the fuck is that nonsense? Nothing felt natural or original, character and story had very little development or true motivation. Don't even bother reading it for the Por ...more
Fascinating premise with a very different protagonist from the usual law enforcement officers. Enjoyed reading about the river patrol and particularly Deputy Jason Colefield, who has to not only pursue perpetrators on a boat but be available to dive into the murky waters of the Columbia or the Willamette. I learned a lot of details while following Colefield as he wrecks his truck on Sauvie Island and copes with the shadows of his past, two very different women and his cranky landlord. Hopefully, ...more
Loved that this was set in Portland, and the plot was interesting, but I just couldn’t get into it. I had a hard time following the story and kept feeling like I’d skipped some pages. With some more character development, I would have loved it. For example, author referenced Jason’s past several times, but never fully revealed it. I felt like I spent the whole book waiting for...something...and never got it in the end.
This was a decent read. I liked that it was set in Portland and there was a lot of local flare. The story was pretty good but I felt like the character development needed some work and there needed to be a little bit of editing. Other than that, I liked it enough that I would read a second book in the series.
Doc Macomber belongs to many leading writing organizations, including the Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Friends of Mystery, and Willamette Writers. He has contributed articles to the prestigious Mystery Readers Journal and Bloodletter on the history of ethnic detectives, and the origin of his hybrid Vietnamese investigator, Jack Vu. His most recent contribution is “Fi ...more