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On Behalf of the Family
What is this? Is it a hate crime? Domestic abuse, honor killing, or what? A car arson fire claims the life of a beautiful young girl, a rich Muslim student at Santa Monica College. Detective Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police Department must...more
My Author Alert program is marvelous and right on the ball! Within minutes of receiving notification that the latest Mar Preston book had been published, I got online and bought this terrific crime novel.
Intricately woven and beautifully presented, the plot follows the suspicious death of a young girl in a burning car. Dave Mason, desperate to find some "downtime" with his beloved Gina, is forced to continue the hunt for the killer - and the motive for the murder - with little sleep. The boss, t ...more
Yasemin Sefak was found dead in a burning car at her college. Questions immediately arise of who killed her, why was she there and who owned the car that she was found in. I found this novel to be a page turner and I wanted to know what happened to Yasemin as much as Detective Mason by the end.
From the beginning the investigation is hampered by Yasemin’s f ...more
On Behalf of the Family
The Santa Monica PD is investigating the death of a young woman whose body is found in a burned out car. While most signs and past history point to a racially motivated hate crime, Detective Dave Mason has a gut feeling that it is something much darker.
On Behalf Of The Family is terrific police procedural from author Mar Preston. On the mystery side, it is a heart pounding, deadly game of cat and mouse that made it nearly impossible to put down. With every page ...more
What is this? Is it a hate crime? Domestic abuse, honor killing, or what? A car arson fire claims the life of a beautiful young girl, a rich Muslim student at Santa Monica College. Detective Dave Mason of the Santa Monica Police Department must break through the family’s silent conspiracy surrounding her vicious murder. He is handicapped by fact that the eleven members of her family who share the mansion in the high-end real estate section of Santa Monica do not speak English. Or so th ...more
On Behalf of the Family is a story of police procedure and a vicious crime set in Santa Monica, California. The plot begins with the murder of and the mystery surrounding a young Kurdish girl. Detective Mason is called out to a car arson death at the College. The victim is a teenage, rich Turkish girl, Yasemin Safak. Yasemin lives with her large family in the high-end real estate part of Santa Monica. Her family is rigid in maintaining their ancestral traditions which leads t ...more
This is a great police procedural, with Dave Mason, oh, pardon me, DETECTIVE Dave Mason, of the Santa Monica Police at the scene, along with an overeager female detective, Fredericks and his longtime partner Art Delgado working to solve what looks like something building up to be a hate crime. The victim was a young female, her distinctive tot ...more
Not a true crime but a murder mystery of a young Kurdish girl found burned to death, her large & odd family living here in the states while trying to maintain their ancestral traditions. Complicating it is the police trying to solve the murder while tiptoeing around the family for fear of appearing to the media and their town as uncaring and uncouth brutes. I enjoyed the book, it's premise of a suspected honor killing and the back story of the main character, the detective trying to maintain a r ...more
Detective Dave. Mason was investigating an Arson fire and the murder of what appeared to be one of the students on campus. Mason made his way around to search for any kind of ID. Then as luck would have it, they located an ID found near the scene...a book bag that could help to identify the victim.
Dave had all he could do to keep it together, so he could focus on who and why someone could hate said person so bad to destroy them in a such a heinous way.
Suspense, followin ...more
Thought Provoking Murder Mystery
This is the first Mar Preston novel for me and I found it to be a fantastic story. Detective Dave Mason gets a horrible homer case with the horrific murder of a young Kurdish college student, Yasemin. Detective Mason has to follow the clues to find out how and why this young woman was savagely murdered while dealing with a Kurdish famine determined to follow their old country values. The story line will catch your attention and keep ...more
While I found the book to be a little draggy in places and the dialogue a little stilted at time; Dave was a very interesting protagonist. The mystery also kept me guessing and the subject matter was timely. She took an important issue- the Muslim religion and wove it in the plot without being heavy handed.
I didn't just read this book, I saw it vividly. Each character brought to life for your enjoyment.
I write a second series set in a tranquil California mountain villa ...more