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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

Kindle Edition, 373 pages
Published February 2nd 2014 by Pertinacity Press (first published January 17th 2014)
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Diana Hockley
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
Detective Dave Mason is back again in this gripping and thrilling novel by Mar Preston. On Behalf of the Family is the third in this series.
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
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mar Preston

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
Cathy Geha
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mar Preston’s police procedural dealing with the murder of a wealthy Kurdish college student presents some historical information about the Turks, Armenians and Kurds and brings up the possibilities that Yasemin Safak might have been killed for any number of the usual reasons AND presents the idea that her death might have been a hate or honor crime. How Detective Dave Mason and his crew solve who killed Yasemin unfolds in an orderly manner presenting Yasemin and her family as they are seen and ...more
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing

This story grips you from page one and doesn't let go until the end. A great read! A perfect example why Shira law must not be allowed in this country.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A tragic story of a type that needs to be told. To me the MC seemed respectful. Just trying to get justice for the victims, regardless of the perpetrators' ID. 4*
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Book Readers Review
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
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Car on fire in a parking garage. Body in passenger seat burned to a crisp. Euuie. Such a lovely place as Santa Monica has crime? And such gruesome crime?

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 tote
Clark Lohr
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sense of the absurd/extensive police procedural knowledge/understanding of big city politics, to include the effect of politics on the mindset of the police/ willingness to record, in the dialogue of the characters, the curse words we all know and think, even if we don’t say them out loud/sense of place as a character in the story, that place being Santa Monica, California & metro Los Angeles/the courage to confront a vicious cultural norm found in certain subgroups of immigrants routinely ...more
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was very disappointed in this book. The plot was fine and it had potential to be a good book but the writing was just too choppy. It jumped from scene to scene with no smooth transition. Some things were described in such minute detail that it became distracting, while other things were simply sprung on the reader. The writer tried to give more dimension to the police officers by adding details about their personal lives, but it seemed so forced and obvious in the way it was presented. Many of ...more
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries

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
Dorothy Gagnon
Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Arranged Marriage Gone Bad

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
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thought Provoking Murder Mystery

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
Mahree Moyle
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like Mar Preston’s writing. I read her first book “Payback” and really enjoyed it. This was more serious, but she can write serious also. Her writing flows well. Her characters are clear and alive. As with “Payback” when the story ended, I was ready to read another of her books. I downloaded “No Dice” and will surely enjoy that also. I’ve changed my reading habits this last year to Indie writers, (I throw in a Grisham now and then). I have found so many good writers and have many favorites in ...more
Will Decker
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Despite the subject matter being something that I wouldn't normally go out of my way to read, I was impressed with the delivery. Preston delivered a well written piece with believable characters and a good flow. There were a few typos, but nothing that caused hiccups while reading. I am really looking forward to reading something else by this author!
Sep 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I got a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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.
Frank M Fernholz
Aug 20, 2014 rated it liked it
The book was ok but not one I would recommend

The book was ok but not one I would recommend

Not a bad detective book but not a lot of action or mystery. I was expecting some twists and turns but they didn't materialize.
Irene Marie Dawson
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
The terror that lives at home.

old culture and values war against the freedoms of their new country when a young girl is found dead in a burning vehicle parked at a local college. Is this a hate crime,or something far worse?
Tracey Lampley
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
The author packs mystery and suspense into this book. The setting, the characterization and the plot keep you turning the pages. If you’re up for a police procedural, this book is for you. I rate this book a four-star read.
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Surprise, Surprise!

I thought at first that this would be a typical detective novel. Wrong! This was a study of people, cultures with a nice background of police work. Fun and educational.
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Draws a reader in, clean & interesting. Cast emotional growth is clear and believable. Will read author again. ©2014 Recommended.
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rashmi Pant
Aug 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Must hand it to the author who was brave enough to tackle the sensitive political topic of honor killing. While the book was well researched and novel, for me it lacked entertainment value.
Sonja Randall
Sep 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I did not like this book, challenging circumstances to solve the case due to language and cultural differences. I got the feeling this book was written just to get it done.
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
very good
mimi b
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Exciting ending. Interesting characters.
Lori Renee
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a good dramatic book.
Recommended to Lori by: Mar Preston
Mar has a way of writing that completely paints a picture without leaving out any of the details.
I didn't just read this book, I saw it vividly. Each character brought to life for your enjoyment.
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the premise of the story, but I felt it jumped around a little too much. I enjoyed it enough to read another if the price is right!
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it

this was a bout the way are police departments a so held responsible to find these people from foreign countries that believe in honor killing.
Anne Dill
rated it it was amazing
Aug 25, 2014
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“Okay,” Mason said, feeling a surge of hope. The protocol now was to force the hostage- taker to make decisions about trivial things like the kind of getaway vehicle he wanted. The object was to get the hostage-taker so worn out and emotionally dependent on his negotiator that he gives up without a fight. That was the way it was supposed to go–in theory anyway.” 0 likes
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